Getting Back to School Ready
5 Awesome Things I'm Doing This Year!
Summer break is quickly coming to an end. And it's almost time to get back into the classroom!
The fam on vacation.
This year's back-to-school planning is a bit more intense than usual because we're moving into a brand new school! Which is incredibly exciting.......Except for the small issue of the building not being finished yet.
Construction on the last day of school. Only 39 days ago...
Move in date is Aug. 22 and pre-session starts the 23rd. So it's definitely going to take some superhero teachers to get every ready for the first day of school.
Becuase of this insane turnaround, I am trying to finalize my vision for the 2017-2018 year ahead of time. The goal is to have everything mapped out before move in day, so everything will actually be ready for the first day of school.
My Back-to-School Plans
Here are five things I am super excited about doing this year in my classroom:
I just launched the Project School Wellness Health Curriculum. It is a comprehensive health education program (That could totally be used in homeroom, with school counselors, or as an Advisory program). It is insanely easy-to-use - - just watch the instruction video, print, and teach (and it's been totally optimized for the digital classroom!)
It has been a long time in the making and I cannot wait to use the fully developed curriculum in my classroom!!!
I know I'm a bit behind the trend on this but better late than never. I am still in the process of figuring out exactly how I'm going to integrate it into my class but Google Classroom will definitely be a thing in my class this year.
Let me make a #teacherconfession. I am really bad at keeping my bulletin boards up to date. And too much student work sits on my desk, collecting dust.
But not this year! I'm learning from my ELA peers and creating one beautiful bulletin board at the beginning of the year. There'll be a spot for each student. It's so easy, the kids can manage it without me (I hope).
Check out what inspired me!
Yes, I'm freaking out about my new student folders (Seriously, you know you're a teacher when...). There are three pouches in one folder! One for PE work, one for health work, and a bonus pocket (that I haven't decided how to use, yet).
Not only did I order super cool folders, I also order a teacher classic - a pocket chart! And now the student folders have a home!
My initial inspiration.
I'm super jazzed about these new exit tickets. I tested them a few times at the end of the last year and now I can't wait to use them as part of our regular routine.
The ticket has ten different assessments and check-in tasks. It's super versatile and can be used in any classroom. And it's incredibly easy-to-use. Students write on one side and on the other there's a quick reference to each of the exit tasks.
Well, that's it! What about you??? What new things are you doing this year?
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A middle school health teacher turned curriculum developer (and #WAHM). I'm on a mission to share the easiest-to-teach, most impactful health lesson plans on the Internet. Because your time and energy is better spent on teaching and connecting, not on planning and prep.