Preparing For a New Year

Being organized and prepared for a new school year makes me less anxious and excited! Here are a few things that help my year go smoothly!

Create New Student Packet's
A few years ago on Pinterest I saw a teacher who created new student packets and I have created these every year since, and it has made my life so much easier!
The packet includes anything you give students at open house (enrollment forms, back to school information, all about me forms, etc) as well as things you use around the classroom such as: decorations with students’ names, name tags, folders, notebooks, etc.  I put everything into a zip lock baggie and when a new student enters my classroom I will pull out a packet and have everything ready to go! No rushing around to find everything that you need when you get a new student!

Here's one of my bulletin boards: So in this situation I would include an owl in each bag

I used Child's Information Forms that I got from Erin over at Creating and Teaching! Here is where you can find it!

Substitute Binder or Substitute Tub

If you are anything like me, sub plans are the worst, it takes me so much time and energy to type everything out (such as classroom management, student information, behavior plans, schedule, etc.)! So I only do this once a year and place everything in a sub binder! 

Having my own child and working with students there always comes a time when I can't make it into work and after too many times driving into work to finish sub plans and then head home to take care of a sick baby or myself I decided to make a change! Towards the end of the summer I create my Substitute Survival Binder!  I also got this from Erin over at Creating and Teaching and LOVE it!

A look inside!

I include everything that is needed to teach the lessons provided. At the start of each school year I will complete at least 4 days’ worth of lesson plans, just in case! 
All the books are included in the binder that are needed for the lessons
All activities and materials (other than crayons, markers, glue, etc) are included in the binder.

My substitute binder sits nicely in the corner of my desk so anyone can find it if needed. 
The Substitute Survival Guide can be found Here. I did not create this but do love it! 
In the past I have used a tub but prefer the Substitute Survival Guide.
These are just two things that I will always do during summer to help my school year start off on the right foot, along with millions more!! 

What's your favorite thing you like to do to plan for your school year!

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