It’s a new year, and with that comes a new chapter in your life as a teacher. Most teachers start with a brand-new class of children. You’ll all be new in that sense, as you don’t know the new children and they don’t know you. There’s a nervous energy to the start of the year since there are many “knowns and unknowns” that come with it but, fortunately, you can help minimise this feeling by preparing for the “knowns.” Here are our tips on how you as a teacher can prepare for the year ahead.
Prepare By Making A Reflection List
Before tackling the next school year, first make a list of the things that worked and all the things that didn’t. That way, you will know where to improve. After all, those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.
Prepare By Decluttering And Restructuring Your Classroom
Teachers are lucky. You get to start school before the children, which gives you the perfect opportunity to prepare as much as possible. This extra time is exactly what you need to declutter and restructure for the year ahead. If you haven’t already, now you can refresh posters, sharpen pencils, label your supplies, go through cabinets to find old work that can’t be used again. Your mantra for this will be: Out with the old and in with the new.
Prepare By Writing Your Welcome Letter
Your learners will come to your class unsure of what kind of teacher they have this year. This is where a welcome letter will help to break the ice a little. This letter can contain a short bio of yourself, how you run your class, the date of the first parents evening, and even the method for parents to reach you if they have an emergency. If you already have a welcome letter that you’ve used in previous years, be sure to read through it to see if any updates are needed.
Prepare With A To-Do List
Writing a to-do list is a great way to commit to tasks that you might forget about once you’re very busy. This is why you need to write your to-do list for the term ahead before you are swept away by it. For some amazing tips on writing a to-do list, check out this article on Forbes. It’s written with entrepreneurs in mind, but is still valuable for anyone writing a to-do list.
Preparing for the new year has never been easier with Tok Tokkie’s Teacher Year Planner. It has ample space for to-do lists in daily, weekly, and monthly spaces. Not only is it highly functional, it’s also beautiful and personalised. Have a wonderful year ahead, teacher!