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What Teachers Can Do to Prepare for a New School Year
It's summertime! Like most teachers, you have probably already started to stress over all the things you need to do before the end of the summer break. By planning for the school year ahead of time, you can avoid a lot of stress during the hustle and bustle of a busy school routine when teachers barely have any time to spare for themselves.
So, If you are wondering how to spend your time productively preparing for a new school year, we have just the tips for you. Keep reading to find out!
Preparing for a new school year can be a daunting task. You may feel stressed and overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done. Here are some tips to help you get your schedule and routine in place for the upcoming school year.
1. Reflect On The Past School Year
You can start preparing for the next school year by reflecting upon the previous year during summer. List down all the things you think you could have done better differently or perhaps the mistakes you make.
Also, list down things you think went very well to give yourself a good boost of confidence. Ponder over that list and think of ways in which you can avoid such problems. Then make the necessary adjustments to your schedule.
2. Attend Teachers' Workshops
There are often certain areas in which teachers can't ever be over-trained, and it always helps to learn more. Over the summer, you can look for and attend workshops on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and how to effectively use technology to communicate with parents and deliver lectures in the classroom. Technology is an essential part of students' lives, so learning how to incorporate it effectively can make your lessons quite interesting for the students.
Summer is the perfect time to learn and improve your teaching skills, so they benefit you in the upcoming year.
3. Read Informative Articles and Books
Apart from attending workshops, another way to improve your teaching skills for the new school year is by indulging yourself in self-study sessions, as you often won't find everything you need to learn in workshops.
Make a summer reading daily target of at least 20 to 40 minutes of reading per day. This serves as an effective method to prepare for the upcoming school year.
4. Research Your Class List
You will likely have received the list names of your students for the upcoming year and their corresponding details, as these lists are prepared well in advance of their official release. So, if these lists are prepared early, jump on the opportunity to get yours.
Research your new students using previous data containing such as grades, allergies, and achievements. If your school allows it, you can even reach out to their previous teachers to gain some more insight about which style of learning would be best for the students.
Hence, researching in advance will help you assess the needs of your students and prepare your plan or teacher routine in accordance with it.
5. Prepare Name Tags and Desk Plates for Your Students
Once you have obtained the list, it would also be good to prepare your students' name tags and desk plates. You can re-arrange the previous class layout and set up a seating plan for the students with frequent rotations.
To make this process easier, you can print all your students' names or find customizable and printable labels online.
6. Design a Classroom Calendar
Do you want to make your upcoming year well thought out, smooth and effective? Design a classroom calendar. On this calendar, you can mark important dates, activities like sports gala, different competitions, etc. It would also help mark all the upcoming quizzes and exams to allow your students to know well in advance when they should start preparing for tests.
A classroom calendar can also track yearly holidays and marks the birthdays of all the students. This will help make them feel special, and it would also help you remember these important dates.
7. Plan Educational Field Trips and Guest Speaker Sessions
Educational field trips and informative guest speaker sessions serve as a great and effective tool for teaching, giving the students a chance to relate their course work to the outside world. You could plan trips to history museums, planetariums, etc. Research well on field trips that meet the academic and educational standards. Planning these activities in advance will help take away the stress of having to arrange and coordinate for these trips during the school year.
You can even speak with the guest speakers you would like to invite over the summer to find out their availability. Send out all the important emails as you may feel like there isn't enough time to do so during the school year.
8. Prepare a Welcome Pack with Goodies
Welcome packs are a great way to welcome students in the new school year. However, keep in mind that making them for the entire class once the school year begins would be next to impossible, so you must prepare them over the summer. Here is a list of fun things you can add to the welcome packs:
- Name tags
- A copy of the classroom schedule
- A handwritten welcome note or letter from you
- Essential stationery items
- A quick questionnaire for the students to fill
- Candies or chocolates.
9. Get Your Filing System in Order
It would also help to get your filing system for the upcoming year. It is at your discretion whether you want to maintain the files online or on paper. However, most schools require physical files. So, you can set one up for each student and add in all the initial documents like past records, personal information forms, etc.
Preparing in advance for a new school year will take a lot of your worries away. We hope this guide was helpful and will allow you to plan your year effectively.