New Academic Year To-Do List
Here are some suggested items that you might want to have on your To-Do list for the next couple of weeks into September:
- Planner / diary
- Student files / tracker / grade book
- Seating plans
- Supply teacher folder
- Check amounts of exercise books and textbooks (decide how to store them in the most appropriate place for how they will be used)
- Sort any repeatable lesson plans and curriculum materials (e.g. worksheets, card sorts, etc.)
- Overplan for your first week
- Prepare all copies, handouts and materials needed the first week including any laminating that needs to be done
TOP TIP â€“ Write Everything Down Immediately.
There are too many things to think of in those last days before school starts so donâ€™t trust your memory. Instead, have a notebook or planner to write down any task or question that comes to mind. This only takes seconds but frees up mental space for more important things.
- A well decorated and organised classroom is great for students, who will appreciate your effort to create a pleasant space for them to learn in. But donâ€™t throw every Pinterest ideas on every wall all at once as some students may be overwhelmed and distracted by too much clutter on the walls.
- Experiment to find the best way to arrange studentsâ€™ desks.
- Aim for your displays to be informative before engaging.
- Clearly display keywords, frequently referred to prompts and key guidance for exam questions.
- Ensure classroom and school rules and consequences are clearly displayed to avoid argument from students.
- Paper â€“ Lined paper? Plain paper? Squared paper? Graph paper?
- Pencils, erasers and a pencil sharpener
- Pens â€“ blue and black but (depending on school marking policy) may be red, green or purple?
- Board markers
- Coloured pencils
- Stapler, staples, staple remover
- Tape â€“ sellotape, masking tape
- Folders â€“ paper folders, manila folders, filing cabinet sleeves, plastic wallets
- Binders â€“ three-ring binders
- Rubber bands
- Glue sticks
- The things that are really useful but always forgotten: tissues, paper towel and antibacterial hand sanitiser.
â€śNew Year, New Meâ€ť
Unlike everyone else, teachers tend to run on the academic rather than the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, September is the teacherâ€™s January. So why not make your own new yearâ€™s resolution for the coming school year?
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