Top 9 Things You Can Do for the New School Year!

Summer break has flown by! In less than a month, you will be welcoming your new students for the 2016-2017 school year. What a complete blessing, yet a curse?! While you may be excited for new beginnings, I know you might feel overwhelmed by all the 99,000 things you have to do on your checklist.

Stop.

Take a deep breath.

You can do this and still enjoy your summer break.

Here are a few things you can start thinking about right now, without getting overwhelmed:

1. Spiritual

Whether you are spiritual or not, you should begin to channel into your core. What helps you get focused and connected to your best self? Use this time to channel in. Read a book. Meditate. Vacation.

2. Affirmations

Every morning, you must remember that you are in a profession that this world does not value you in terms of pay. Sometimes, people seem to think we just babysit children all day. However, this job is demanding. It is service oriented. We spend so much time giving that we forget to speak well in ourselves. Saying positive affirmations to yourself can be extremely helpful when you know you have that difficult student, coworker, or administrator.

"I am the greatest teacher in the world."

"I make a difference each and everyday, even if I cannot see the results now."

"I can teach this lesson with power and clarity and all of my students will understand the material."

Affirmations push you to remember just how great you are.

3. Exercise

I cannot express the importance of getting physical activity in your day. Some people cannot understand how I work out at 4:30am to then work between 10 to 12 hour days teaching. It's called discipline. It's called a routine that allows me to focus myself. I know if my health is not in tact, then I cannot constantly give to my students. Figure out the best workout plan for yourself. I started off with doing at least three days per week. Then, I exercised five days each week. Now, I am implementing two-a-days with seven workouts per week. No matter where you are, start somewhere. Exercise simply makes you feel better.

4. Nutrition

Please eat right. Do not negate your nutritional needs in the name of teaching. You will never be your best without the right food going into your body. I prepare all of my cooked lunches, morning smoothies, and snacks on Sundays. It does take extra work on your off day, but it is sooooo worth it! You will save money and feel great with nutritious food.

•Smoothie (3 Times Per Week)

(Kale or Spinach, Berries, Carrots, Avocado, Pineapple, Naked Juice, Green Juice)

•Snack (2-3 Daily)

(Apples, Oranges, String Cheese, Veggie Straws, Vegetable Garden Salsa Chips, Pretzels, i.e.)

•Lunch

(Palm Size Meat, Poultry, or Seafood, Grains & lots of Veggies)

5. Planner

Get one. Use it.

6. Clipboards

There are tons of things you will need in the moment and your clipboard is there to help. Here are some things you might want on there:

•Roster

•Contact Information

•Things To Do List

•Academic/Behavior Log

•Lesson Plans

7. Classroom Space

Consider the layout of your classroom. Create a structured, yet welcoming space for students. Think about how students will be seated. Where's the fun spot in your room?

8. Classroom Storage

Face it, you have a ton of things to store:

•Teacher Binder

•Student Data

•Materials

•Supplies

•Library

These are just a few things. Consider where you would like to store materials, papers, folders, i.e. How would you like for your students to be organized in their seats?

9. Routines

This is probably one of the most important aspects of returning to school. Students need to know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. "It" is whatever you will be doing at any given moment in the classroom. Here are a few routines and procedures to think on:

•Morning Entrance

-Unpacking

-Turning in Folders, Notes, Homework, i.e.

-Completing Work

•Closing

-Cleaning

-Leaving

•Transitions

-Between every change

•Attention Getters

•Behavior Management

-Dojo

-Positive Behavior Support

Happy Teaching!

Jasmine

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