Peggy also teamed up with Brian & Eric of Wise Guy Resources to create a free eBook for 1st year teachers. Just click on Wise Guys to get yours.
Below are some more tips to make the transition back to school easier:
1. Copy as much as you can for the new school year in June. Yes, I know in June teachers are focused on packing up their classrooms, final report cards, etc., but come the new school year you'll be happy you did it.
2. Color, glue, laminate, and cut what you can at home instead of having to do it when you're setting up your classroom. It will save time!
3. ORGANIZE! It takes prep and time, but it's worth it in the long run and helps create a classroom environment where students know the routine.
4. Speaking of routine, focus on classroom procedures the 1st weeks of school. MODEL, MODEL, MODEL expectations so students know what to do. Have a clear discipline plan and establish expectations. Be firm and consistent. You can ease up later, but can't go from lax to firm successfully.
5. It's better to overplan the underplan.
6. Create an emergency sub folder. You don't want to be searching for lesson ideas when you're sick.
7. Touch base with parents within the 1st few days, whether it's a call or note.
8. Create a welcome letter for students and their families. Include your educational philosophy, contact information, expectations, homework guidelines, etc.
9. Find a supportive co-worker. Ignore any negative things other staff say, including their opinions about certain students. Different teachers experience different things based on their personalities and the classroom environments they create.
10. Arrive early so that you have time to get some things done and prepare for your teaching day before students arrive.
11. Pinterest and TPT are da bomb for engaging lesson ideas.
12. Dollar Stores can provid cheap, fun teaching resources. Donors Choose allows teachers to post classroom requests.
13. Most importantly, remember you're human! Both novice and veteran teachers are always learning. If something goes wrong one day, you can to retry the next day. Teachers have a TON to do, especially at the beginning of the year. However, make some personal time for yourself so you don't burn out.