Ways Teachers Can Prepare for the School Year

Summer has flown by, and now it’s time to prepare to go back to school. Returning back to school is filled with anxiety but eager anticipation to meet your new class! In order to start the year off right, it’s important to prepare, ensuring you have everything you need, and organizing your classroom.

Read on to see the ways you can prepare to head back-to-school:

Check for Supplies
If you’re new to a school or even returning to a previous school, it’s a good idea to check and see what supplies and materials you’ll be given. From there, compile a list of things that you’ll want to have in your classroom. Your classroom will be your home away from home during the weekdays, so make sure that you have everything you need. Consider how you are going to deliver information to your students, and ensure that you have the necessary products to assist you in a successful school year.

Set Up The Classroom
Now that you’ve got all the supplies you need, begin envisioning how to set up your space. Classroom furniture should be organized depending on your teaching style; there are several options, including traditional rows, cooperative clusters, or in a horseshoe shape. Your classroom should be an inviting space that encourages learning and welcomes parents when they visit. Be strategic on where to place your own desk. Ideally, a great place to consider is in a corner so that it can serve as a workspace before and after school and lessen the distraction of students walking past all the time. When decorating, be purposeful with posters and bulletin boards, and minimize clutter on the walls and tabletops. Lastly, find sources of inspiration by visiting other classrooms! By following these tips, you’ll be able to create a productive working environment.

Plan Ahead
It’s not an easy task for most, but planning ahead will be extremely beneficial before the year gets busy. Begin by creating a lesson plan for the first week, or even a month, and then continue to stay ahead as the year goes on. Consider keeping last year’s lesson plans and revising them to fit any curriculum changes, as this can help you plan your entire school year in advance! The first few weeks of school also brings about a lot of excitement from the kids, so it may be a good idea to plan for extra activities. Simple icebreakers are a great opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves and feel welcome in their new environment.

At Office Systems Co., we want to ensure that you are equipped with the right supplies to get organized and start the school year off right! Our team can recommend copiers, printers, scanners, and software to help you set your students up for success. Visit our website for more information on how we can improve your workflow system.