For those educators who are getting ready for back to school, I'm sharing a few stories, tips, and resource links! Whether you have students entering your classroom who have had practice with the skills that they need or students who need a lot of practice with these skills, you can create a learning environment and goals to help students on every level. You can meet children where they are; you can set each child up for success. You, dear lady or sir, are an educational rock star! Read on for back to school tips! Back To School Tips for Educators Ready for back to school tips? My tip #1 Don't stress! Enjoy as much of your break as you can,but be excited about back to school. You are getting ready to embark on an adventure with a new set of children. It is another chance to be a wonderful influence and to impact children! #2 Be as prepared as you can be. Have decorations for your room that are welcoming, warm, and inviting. Create a classroom space that will be pleasant to you and your students. I always get a bit overwhelmed by overstimulating rooms. Remember, you will likely have children with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc. Also, all children benefit from stimulating but not OVER stimulating environments! Prepare to meet the needs of all children in your classroom. A little less is more sometimes. #2 Think of some easy first week activities that will help the children transition well. Some suggestions that I have are to do getting to know you games, do all about me activities, have parents send family photos for their children to ease the transition, and read books about school, friends, and families. Start planning a few activities! If you want to wait until school is just about in session to plan, that is fine; I would at least start writing down a few ideas though! #3 Have things that will help you stay organized. Stock up on labels, calendars, dry erase boards and dry erase markers, binders, storage bins, etc. #4 Write or type up a procedures plan. What basic school rules and procedures do you want your students to learn? The two priorities of the beginning of school year are smooth transitions and learning rules and procedures. You want children to feel comfortable and transition well, and you also want them to learn what is expected in school. Focus on teaching rules and procedures the first few weeks. After the first few weeks, begin to focus on your lessons. If you get procedures taught from the very beginning, you will not have to reteach this all throughout the year. Let's face it; Early Childhood children will have to be taught classroom rules over and over; they will have to be reminded, but getting them used to the rules early on will set everyone up for a successful year. There should be less need to remind if rules are established early. #5 Take advantage of open house. Every school is different. You might not get to get to know parents and children very much during open house, but connect with them as much as you are able! #6 Have a good mindset! You have got this! You are an amazing educator! Remember why you got into education in the first place. You have the tools within you to educate and to be a positive role model for young children. You can help set your students up for success. There will most certainly be bad days, but think about the good to come! The school years are FILLED with good things.