How to Get Ready for the New School Year

The new school year is right around the corner. This compilation of articles, filled with information and tips, will help ease your anxiety and get you ready for a great start to the new school year.

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Start with Your Back to School Checklist

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 The first thing that you will want to do is to print out this back-to-school checklist. Preparing your classroom for the new school year can feel a bit overwhelming. Even seasoned veterans can feel the stress the first few weeks of school. To help alleviate some of this stress, try keeping track of the essential tasks with a back to school checklist. Print this list and be sure to check off each task as you go.

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Create a Clean and Organized Classroom

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 The nest thing that you will want to do is make sure that your classroom is clean and organized. A well-organized classroom means less stress for you and more time to educate students. Most teachers are already known for being organized, but when was the last time you thought about what worked and what didn’t in your classroom? The beginning of the school year is the perfect opportunity to become the ultimate organized teacher. Think of a classroom, where the students take responsibility for their own belongings and where everything has its place. Just follow these tips to staying organized and your classroom will practically run itself.

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Create the Top 5 Classroom Procedures That Will Make Your Classroom Run Smoothly

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 Every teacher must develop a set of classroom procedures to ensure that their classroom will run smoothly. The teachers who have not created these important procedures are left stressed out and end up getting teacher-burnout. On order to run a carefree, stress-free classroom try implementing the following five essential procedures to your daily classroom routine. These top 5 procedures are just the thing to making your classroom run smoothly.

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Produce a General List of Classroom Routines to Follow

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 The key to a well-managed, organized classroom is to create effective classroom procedures and routines. By implementing routines and procedures, students will understand what is expected of them throughout the day. Once these are established, the number of behavior problems and classroom interruptions will be greatly reduced.

Here is a list of general procedures and routines to teach in the classroom. Feel free to modify or adapt this list depending upon grade level and individual preference.

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Classroom Bulletin Board Ideas for Teachers

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 Classroom bulletin boards are a great way to display student work in an organized and attractive manner. Whether your creating a seasonal board, teaching board, or bragging board, it's a fun way to dress up a plain wall to correlate with your teaching idea or style. Here you will find a variety of creative ideas.

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected

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There are going to be times when you will be absent from school due to unforeseen circumstances. To ensure your classroom continues to run smoothly, you should plan ahead by creating emergency lesson plans. These plans will provide the substitute teacher with what should be covered throughout the day. It's a good idea to keep these lesson plans in the main office or mark where they are located somewhere in your substitute folder. Here are a few ideas that you can add to your emergency plan folder.

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Start a Classroom Website

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Long before students even enter the classroom door, you should consider starting a classroom website. Classroom websites aren't anything new, they have been around for years. The difference between creating an maintaining classroom website ten years ago to now, is that today you can do it in a matter of minutes.

Years ago creating a website involved a lot of hard work and took someone who had specialized knowledge in computers. Today, technology has made it so easy that even a child can create a web page. If you're still up and in air and contemplating if you should create a classroom website, take a look at the top 10 reasons you should jump on the bandwagon now.

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Create a Student Welcome Letter

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A student welcome letter is a great way to greet and introduce yourself to your new students. Its purpose is to welcome students and give parents an insight into what is expected and needed throughout the school year. This is the first contact between teacher and home, so make sure you include all the essential elements to give a great first impression, and set the tone for the rest of the school year.