Six Things to Do Before School Starts

By Kate Humphrey

It always seems that summer flies by way too quickly; it’s hard to believe that it’s nearly the end of August and school will be back in session soon. As a teacher, it can take some time to find your footing at the start of the year, so in order to hit the ground running, we’ve brainstormed some activities that you can do to prepare for school that will energize you and help you make this year the best one yet.

Set Personal Teaching Goals and Intentions

Before the start of each school year, take some time to reflect on what you want to accomplish or gain during the upcoming year. Whether you wish to spend more time working with students one-on-one, collaborate more with colleagues, or strengthen your knowledge of certain curricula, creating intentions is a fantastic way to outline your goals.  Do you think a job search will be in your future? Reach out to EA to get the conversation started.

Prepare Your Room

Organizing your classroom in advance can inspire new project ideas and get you in the proper mindset as both students and teachers love walking into an environment that is functional yet friendly. While decorating your classroom, aim for themes that will inspire and spark creativity.

Connect with Fellow Teachers

Reach out to your colleagues! Strengthening relationships with coworkers or starting new friendships is a great way to get excited about the new year. You can brainstorm fun classroom activities, develop interdisciplinary projects, and have a supportive ear to go to when seeking advice.

Start Getting Back into Your School Time Routine

During summer vacation, it’s all too easy to fall out of your daily routine. We suggest setting a schedule several weeks in advance of your first day to ensure that your body can acclimate to going to sleep and getting up at certain times. Establishing these new routines in advance can help you prepare both mentally and physically.

Set Time Aside for Work/Life Balance

Finding the right balance between work and personal time can be a challenging task that is often ignored, especially with teacher prep time spilling to hours outside of the school day. In these last days of summer, carving out time now every week (or day!) for yourself and friends and family is a great way to remind yourself that personal time and mental health are important.

Create a Management Plan

While having to discipline students is no educator’s favorite part of teaching, it’s an important one. Preparing a classroom management plan for the first day of school can help you establish a fun, yet respectful, tone for the year and will help you in the future. You can find more ideas here.

For additional resources and ideas, we encourage you to check out Scholastic, Teach 4 The Heart, and even take a look at the wonderful checklists at Hey Teach and ThoughtCo. Best of luck with the upcoming school year – we can’t wait to hear what you’re doing with your classroom and how you’re preparing for a strong start!


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