3 Back to School Tips to have a Great Year!



It is almost August...did I really just say that? it seems like summer just started... and, if you teach on the east coast, you are probably beginning to think about how you would like to set up your classroom for your new students who will walk through your classroom doors in a few weeks.

Perhaps you are thinking about some new ideas to try! Now, this year I am really not thinking about my classroom since I am now, as they say, "a woman of leisure," but I need to face the facts I will NEVER be that!!!  My mind is always churning and coming up with ideas!  So, when my daughter said,"Mom, I am so excited that you are retired! Now, you can help me set up MY classroom!" I said,"Yes!" So, as i write this I am thinking day and night of all those pinteresty ideas that I can use to help my daughter set up her classroom!

Although I can't come and help you... (I really wish I could because I always loved the create side of teaching)  I can and will share a few tips that I have used over the years to build relationships with students and parents.

So here you go:  A few tips for you as you begin your journey back into the classroom: 


Remember to allow your students to take ownership of their classroom by saving some activities, decorations and ideas that they will create with your support to be used in the classroom.  This will make them feel like it IS their classroom.  

🍎Children can create their own name tags to use on lockers or cubbies. 

🍎They may also like to make "people" ( I have done this for years) where they decorate a blank child template to look like them. 


After the templates are run off on card stock and decorated, they can be laminated.  

Hot glue a clothespin on the center with the child's initial or a themed foam sticker and you can use these to display work all year long!


🍎Another Important Tip That can Start the First Day of School and Continued Throughout the Year: 

Greet each child at your classroom door everyday.  I used different greetings; such as, hello songs, high fives, elbow shakes, fist bumps, smile, dance moves or any quick signal from me to each student.




🍎As they walk into the classroom, think of something positive to say to each child.  YOU will see positive behavior changes if you try to do this every day!  


A smile and compliment can go a long way!  Saying  "good-bye" to each child with an "elbow shake" or high five is also an important part of teaching!  This makes each child feel special!




🍎The Last Tip for Today 


Try to make a positive phone call home
within the first 2 weeks of school. I know that this can be a difficult task with all that needs to be done, but this WILL make a difference! 
Think of yourself as a parent: you are nervous about your child going to first grade and just think how "little Jimmy or Doris" feels. 

Receiving a positive phone call and I emphasize phone call NOT e-mail can set the tone for the rest of the year and it will make it much easier when you have to call for other reasons. 

I also call to EACH child the night before the first day of school to say "hi" and welcome them to my classroom. I tell each child how excited I am to have him or her in my classroom and to make sure they bring their smile to school tomorrow!


So I hope you are excited to start the year and to get your mind in gear...afterall it is almost that time of year!!!

I would LOVE to hear your ideas!  Please share them in the comments!




your photo name

18 comments

  1. Hey, Your blog is very informative. It is nice to read such high-quality content. Attractive information on your blog, thank you for taking the time and share with us.The experts of our quality dissertation writing service UK provide custom dissertation for you within the time that you provide us Myassignmenthelp delivers high-quality content related to help with perfect essay.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Assignment Help by knowledgeable and experienced writers work like magic. When you have doubts about your project writing or anything, talk to experts of greatassignmenthelp Get an instant and quick help at reasonable price.
    Assignment Help Online
    Online Assignment Help
    Assignment Help Online Services
    Assignment Helper
    Assignment Assistance
    Assignment Help Experts
    Online Assignment Help Services

    ReplyDelete

  3. Wanneer u de Garmin Express op een van uw Windows downloadt, d.w.z. op Windows 10, 8 of 7, gaat u over een blunder. Hier is het antwoord voor die blunder. Ervaar de middelen en krijg een momentarrangement.
    Garmin Express
    garmin connect downloaden
    garmin connect problemen

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh! Great Topic lovely writing. Please keep posting some related blogs. Visit our Outlook blog, if you need any type of Outlook help. You may also dial Microsoft outlook support number for the quick support. How do I contact Microsoft tech support?”
    How do I contact Microsoft Outlook support
    Is there a phone number for Outlook support

    ReplyDelete
  5. This blog is informative. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing visit at Seo company in India 2019

    ReplyDelete
  6. Excellent information Providing by your Article, thank you for taking the time to share with us such a nice article. Amazing insight you have on this, it's nice to find a website that details so much information about different artists. Kindly visit livewebtutors website we providing best assignment help services in Australia.
    Read more now :- My Assignment Help

    ReplyDelete
  7. A special thanks to My Assignment Help for providing a well-written assignment. You guys were a savior to me. Will contact you soon for my upcoming assignments. You can email us at cs@Myassignmenthelpau.Com or Phone Number: +61-2-8005-8227

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for sharing this kind of information. Many students want assignment help but they don't know how to get the right information for My Assignment Help . Now we have here contact our expert team and get the best and high-quality assignment help. You have also visited our website IdealAssignmentHelp

    ReplyDelete
  9. If you are writing a report and you need lab report writing help. Go with Myassignmenthelp and get lab report examples and template at an affordable price.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you for sharing this informative post.MyAssignmenthelp.com is giving dissertation help to students.we are already trusted by thousands of students who struggle to write their academic papers and also by those students who simply want writing my dissertation proposal to save their time and make life easy.

    ReplyDelete
  11. A very high level post with a knowledgeable information .thanks you for giving me such a nice information. If you need any college level Assignment Help at reliable quality with better work. Kindly visit livewebtutors website we providing best assignment help services in Australia, USA, UK, UAE, and Canada etc.
    Read more now :- Assignment Help

    ReplyDelete
  12. Singaporeassignmenthelp.com presents exquisite write my assignment support services to students. We provide the best service from our expert writers, who are available online 24 * 7 to help you or they also give you 24 * 7 Whatsapp and email support.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I suggest all members choose assignment help Australia for the best guideline in your academia. The perfect and expert assistant your requirement and learning assignment project by the university.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Everything should be based on fact. The arrangement of fact and information is not an easy task sometimes it becomes a very tough task to do in such cases student can go through online Nursing Assignment Help , and these services are very reliable, and they can provide information about any topic related to the academics. If you need any college level Assignment Help at reliable quality with better work. Kindly visit our website.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I recommend that everyone should seek assistance from Assignment Help Australia for the best academic help. There are professional experts from various esteemed universities in almost every field. They are capable to write the premium quality of assignments according to the requirements of students and university norms.

    ReplyDelete