4 Things to Do For a Stress-Free Back to School
Summer has finally arrived, and unfortunately it will fly by before we know it. I have been spending some time this week getting organized for next year in order to avoid that back to school stress. Although it seems like a chore to work on school over break, I actually feel less stressed. In turn, feeling less stressed is actually allowing me to enjoy my summer more since I am not constantly worried about my To-Do list piling up.
Here are just a few of the things (4 to be exact) that I have been doing in order to set myself up for a stress-free back to school!
I don't know what the rules are at your school about when you are allowed to get into your classrooms and work, but at my school moving furniture is a cardinal sin. However, just because I can't get my classroom set up doesn't mean that I can't start organizing.
One way to get organized for next year is to clean out your cabinets. Throw out or find a new home for what you don't use and organize what you do use so it will be easier to find next year when you need it.
As you can see I have quite a bit of organizing to do!
Again, I know that some of us are limited as to what we can do over the summer with all of the cleaning. However, as far as I know the walls don't get cleaned. Unless, your room is getting a fresh coat of paint over the summer (lucky you), it should be safe to start working on bulletin boards and other wall decor.
Here is one of two bulletin boards that I put up this week. I love my woodgrain paper and farmhouse decor schedule cards!
#3: Plan and Make Copies
Another way to prepare for a stress-free back to school is by making all of those tedious copies ahead of time. These include your first week lesson plans and activities, morning work, as well as any copies you need for back to school night.
As you can see all of my copies for the first week of school are made. To see my first week of school lesson plans and activities click HERE.
If for some reason your copy machine is off limits over the summer you could still work on unit plans and lesson plans. Also, keep a file of all of your masters that you need to copy so that when you finally do have access to the copier you are prepared.
This is a picture of my husband and I on vacation in California earlier this month. It was a very relaxing vacation which even included a Yoga session in the park.
While it definitely is important to get organized over the summer, it is just as if not more important to relax and take some time for yourself. After all it has been long year with students, take some time to rest and recover so that you are able to give the best version of yourself to your students this next year!
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