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Back-to-school: Teacher Edition

August 2017
Get the school year started off right with Edlio’s back to school guide!
The start of a new school year is an exciting time for everyone! Teachers, administrators and students are all getting ready for the first day with new clothes, fun school supplies and the latest gadgets. We’ve put together a guide for teachers and administrators with everything they need to prepare for going back-to-school.
Create a schedule for your first week
How will you structure the first day and the first week? Even if you can’t get to everything on your schedule, it’s better to plan as much into detail as possible to be over prepared rather than under.
  • A fun first day ice-breaker
    • Think of a fun and interesting activity to help get students familiar and friendly with each other and with you. Make them feel welcome, comfortable and safe in their new class!
  • Establish rules
    • Keep your classroom rules to be the most important ones (less than 10) to make them easy to follow and not too overwhelming for the students. Some examples are raise your hand to speak, respect your classmates, and come prepared, to name a few. Display them somewhere visible for everyone to see and also include them in your syllabus to easily refer back to. Also think about your class’s routine - how do they enter the classroom, where do they turn in their homework, how is their day structured etc.
  • Update your syllabus
    • Add your office hours, email address, class rules, expectations for the year, and assignments.
Organize your learning environment
Once you’ve gotten acquainted with your school’s campus and where the supply closet is, gather everything you need to decorate your class and start setting up your bulletin boards. Design your classroom in the way that is most beneficial to learning, encompasses your learning style, and the topics students will be learning throughout the semester.
  • Here are some things to plan for the first day:
    • Go over the seating chart  and arrange the desks in the most optimal way for learning
    • Prepare your classroom’s bulletin board with classroom policies and motivational posters
    • Is there a private area where students can read or collaborate on projects?
  • Don’t forget to give your own desk some personality too!
Plan for success
Once you’ve narrowed down the logistics of your classroom, it’s time to start thinking about how you will manage misbehaved students and how you will enforce class rules.
  • Set short and long term goals
    • This works best for staying on track when the stress starts rolling in and time is going by too fast. For personal and professional success, include in your professional portfolio something short about why you became a teacher, and what you hope to achieve this year.
  • Be open to change
    • Be open to including more games in your class and experimenting with more collaboration and technology. Also, always look for new ways to polish up on your skills.
Establish a strong foundation for communicating with parents
Write a back-to-school email to get both parents and students excited. Communicate with your parents about the classroom rules and what you hope to accomplish this year. Provide them with clear ways they can communicate with you, like with the best email and telephone number, and hours they can call or text you. Provide them with the best ways of communicating with you, like your preferred phone number, email, and hours of availability.
  • Set up your faculty page
    • Here’s a great place to share your personality and keep parents informed about assignments and pictures. We’ve put together a guide to making your teacher page (link to teacher pages article) a great one!
  • Remind them to subscribe!
    • Don’t forget to remind them about subscribing to your page to receive automatic updates!
Here are some more tips for teachers you can implement in your classroom this year!