New and experienced teachers can feel like they do not know where to begin when considering the start of the next school year. With a curriculum to prepare, materials to organize, bulletin boards to decorate, and a myriad other details to take care of, the task can seem daunting. However, by systematically tackling the tasks related to the preparation of the classroom for the school’s first day, it is possible to face that first day fully prepared without winding up exhausted.
Write Everything Down
Creating a list is one of the best ways to stay organized, but it also allows you to keep all of your tasks in one place. Whenever something comes up, it can be added directly to the list. Creating a list will allow you to make sure that every task is completed by the end of the summer.
Create a Checklist
A pre-planning checklist for back to school necessities helps to identify all of the classroom responsibilities and to think about each of the major details required ahead of time. Divide the checklist by separating it into different areas of importance, such as instructional and essential jobs. Be sure to check off each task as it is completed.
Obtain Supplies and Materials
A new teacher, or one that has changed grade levels, should contact the school to know which supplies and materials will be provided. Take advantage of all items that can be obtained for free and then make a list of the items that might be necessary throughout the school year.
Organizing one’s paperwork is a vital step in school year preparation. Tackle it all at once and get it out of the way after collecting all the necessary supplies and materials. This includes entering names in the grade book as well as the attendance book or software, organizing student portfolios, writing a welcome letter, and preparing a folder for substitute teachers.
Prepare a Welcoming Environment
Students will especially enjoy a classroom that is nicely decorated and organized. When teachers put extra effort into the classroom’s appearance, the students know that they believe the students are worth enough to give them a nice place to be. Do not overdo it with clutter that might prove distracting to some kids, however.