Have you ever started a new school year feeling lost and overwhelmed? The back to school season can be a scary time for new teachers and veteran teachers. Aside from planning lessons, a lot mental planning goes into preparing for a new year. In order to help you start off on the right foot, we wanted to share some tips with you. These tips will allow you to prepare physically, mentally, and socially for the new year. Follow these strategies, and your 2017-2018 school year will be smooth, and you will Have Fun Teaching!
Preparing for Back to School
1. Take care of yourself
Before the new year begins, find a way to take care of yourself. You do so much for so many others, so allowing yourself some time to relax do something for yourself will help you start the new year off refreshed.
2. Appreciate the Small Things
Take a look around you and find things to be thankful for. When a parent brings you your 115th teacher mug as a back to school gift, appreciate the fact that your parents are eager to build a relationship with you. Even the smallest things are worth the most gratitude. You are more likely to start this back to school season off with a full heart if you learn to appreciate the small things.
3. Find a Confidant
As with any job, you may find you experience days as a teacher full of stress and unknowns. Or maybe you are finding it difficult to leave personal issues at home. Find a colleague that you trust to open up to in order to relieve yourself of those burdens. Children can pick up on negative energies. Talking it out will help you bring more positivity into your classroom and your new year.
4. Build Parent Relationships
Before the new school year, send a note home to each parent. During open house, make it a point to shake the hand of each parent and learn their names. You are an advocate for them and their children, so they want to know that you are available to them. When teachers start the new year eager to get to know the parents, those parents are more likely to partner with the teacher when their child is struggling. These parents also look to you for resources when their family is struggling, because they know you care for them and their children. Parent involvement is vital for a successful classroom.
5. Develop New Organizational Skills
Because of how quick-paced a teacher’s day is, many teachers struggle with organization. Before the new school year begins, develop an organization strategy that suits you. Find an accountability partner that can continue to encourage your newfound organization. They say it takes 21 days to start a new habit, so keep up the good work! A cluttered desk can make for a cluttered mind, so get an early start on preventing that.
6. Familiarize Yourself
If you are new to the school or just need a little refreshment, take time to review your contract and the school policy. Back to school season is the perfect time to acknowledge all that is required of you. Knowing your rights and what is expected of you helps you to enter the new year with a clear mind and prevents issues in the future.
7. Get to Know the Individual Students
Your classroom is going to be full of many different levels of potential. You will have many gifted students, and you may have some students that are a little behind academically. Each child will come from a different background and have a different struggle. Learn each child so that you can adapt your lessons and your classroom to them. These back to school student information forms will allow you to keep record of the different interests and abilities of each child in your classroom.
8. Establish Classroom Management
Let your students know early on what you expect of them. Establish a set of rules (generally, no more than five is best for this age range) that the children have a part in. Allowing the students to participate in the rule making provides them with more of an incentive to follow the rules. Singing songs about Character can help your children understand the types of rules they need to create and follow.
9. Be Realistic
This back to school season, don’t wrap your mind around unreachable expectations. Set realistic goals for yourself and your students. You aren’t going to win every battle presented to you. Don’t let the things that you cannot control discourage you.
10. Do Your Best
You’re taking on one of the most impacting jobs this world has. Because of your commitment and passion for your students, you are helping to make the world a better place. Mistakes are going to be made. You are going to have bad days. The best you can do is the best you can do. You rock, and don’t ever forget that!
We Love Our Teachers!
We are so thankful for all that you do as teachers. You are providing so many opportunities for young children that will carry on into their futures. This world couldn’t function without you, so thank you for all that you do.