Creatively Starting the New School Year

On Monday, the new school year begins with a week of meetings, teacher prep, and personal development. The following Monday, the students arrive. As it is right now, I’ve got 25 students, which is the most students I’ve ever had in my class! Yesterday, I spent the day rearranging my classroom (no easy task) in anticipation of making more room for kids. All I can say is, “It’s a work-in-progress.”

As it goes with teachers, not only have I been working in my classroom this week, I’ve spent a lot of time working on things at home. From reading professional books to creating worksheets and classroom management materials, my thoughts have been filled with my work as a teacher. Some of my creations I have listed on my Teachers Pay Teachers website. The newest item listed for sale is a small poster set explaining the rules of a “love and logic” classroom. 

One of the freebies I have listed is a handout intended to help me get to know the students. Relationships are essential to student success and this is one way I can get information about what students like. This is SO IMPORTANT! I cannot emphasize that enough.

After the students complete the graphic, I will post them on a wall in my classroom. Plus, I will provide the students with a copy of their own to keep in their writing folders as a helper, when they “don’t know what to write about”. I will also have them update their information as they grow and change throughout the year.

I am ready to get on with this school year. I’ve been told this is a challenging group, and with the number of students on my class roster, it could be even more challenging. But, I am ready. I’m up for the challenge, and I am confident that many of those students are going to have the best year in school that they have ever had.


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