A jam-packed back to school guide for teachers filled with articles, primary learning resources, classroom ideas, a free email course, books, and more!
Back to School Guide for Primary Teachers
Back to school can be a stressful time for teachers. You are bombarded with a sea of images from social media, a never-ending list of things to get ready, and have many subjects to prep. Ideas are flying at you from all different places, and the pressure is on.
You know you need to focus down and find the best ones. But how?
First of all, you need to think and plan for the essential pieces of the large teaching pie. You must decide which items need to be tackled first before all the rest, like getting organized, setting expectations, community building, classroom management, and forming relationships.
Ask yourself what are the most important lessons to teach in those first few precious weeks, and keep your focus there. Push the rest back…or hit SAVE for later!
Be mindful about the time you have in the classroom by planning before the first day.
This back to school guide offers a wealth of helpful ideas to encourage you to get prepared and stay focused. It includes blog posts, an email course, children’s book suggestions, and classroom resources to help you start in the right direction on day 1.
These engaging classroom ideas and resources will support you as you begin to teach a new group of children.
Back to School Articles with Tons of Tips
The articles below include ideas for the first week of school, setting up the classroom, and getting organized. You will find tips on managing a class effectively, developing a child’s social and emotional skills, and more. They include many helpful strategies, lesson ideas, and teaching tips to help you get set-up before school and on your way that first month.
Many of the back to school articles below include FREE resources you can print and use in the classroom. Click on any of the images below to read.
FREE Back to School Email Series
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- Back to School Must-Haves
- Back to School Ideas
- First Week Tips for Teachers
- Classroom Organization Tips
- Classroom Management Strategies
- Making Back to School Memorable
- Building Classroom Community
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Children’s Back to School Books
Reading books with your class is a great way to spend time together every day, and especially during those first few weeks. This time spent together brings opportunities for sharing, making predictions, and getting to know one another.
Children’s books help make their new experiences relatable. When a child sees a character going through a similar experience, it helps them internalize and connect to the story.
Set up a display or fill your classroom bookshelf with tons of books for back to school. Choose to read at least one book a day. Make the books available for kids to view and read together.
Below you will find a curated list of the best back to school children’s books.
Looking for books to build valuable social and emotional skills? Find an extensive list in the ultimate guide to social and emotional learning.
Back to School Learning Resources for Teachers
Looking for teaching resources to improve your classroom management and make SEL a part of your classroom? What if you had resources that took the guesswork out of what to plan and made your life easier?
Permit yourself to get what you need and use tools that will make a difference in your classroom.
The comprehensive resources below will help you accomplish this and more before, in the beginning, and throughout the school year.
Before School Starts: The Ultimate Classroom Management Resource
Before the door opens on the first day of school, you will need to have a plan for how you will manage a group of children. There are so many different classroom management strategies out there, but your job will be to select and start with a few. Be flexible and patient as you try out new things. Switch things up when you find something isn’t working.
This classroom management bundle has positive, easy-to-implement strategies that are teacher and kid-approved. Find all your classroom management essentials with the Class Management bundle. It includes eight engaging resources that kids will love!
The First Month: mind+heart Back to School Resource
The first month can be overwhelming with all the things to teach. Keep it focused and start with the essential skills ~ social and emotional ones.
The beginning of the school year is such a valuable time to start teaching social and emotional skills. Teaching these early will help set a positive tone in your classroom for the rest of the year. Kids will begin to feel a part of the classroom community, have a stronger sense of self and be better prepared to handle the challenges that they face throughout the year.
The mind+heart SEL back to school resource and activities will support kids as they learn to be positive members of the classroom community. They will develop self-awareness and self-esteem, build new relationships, and act with kindness and empathy.
The Entire Year: mind+heart Social-Emotional Learning Resource
Once a positive tone is set at the start of school, and kids are ready to learn, you will want to continue that mindset throughout the year.
The mind+heart SEL curriculum includes a variety of thought-provoking lessons and discussion topics, community building ideas, and engaging activities to help build and maintain meaningful social and emotional skills. Children will have many opportunities to learn, practice, and develop through a variety of lessons and activities.
This program is full of kid & teacher-friendly lesson plans, discussion topics, posters, and activities to make learning social and emotional skills tons of FUN!
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