Sunday, August 9, 2015

To Panic or Not to Panic: 5 Tips for a Low Stress BOY

Welcome to our Back to School Blog hop! I'd like to start off by saying a HUGE thank you to our hostess with the most, Tammy from The Owl Teacher.  She has done an amazing job so that you can get the most out of your new school year!
Now I know your time is precious, so thank you for taking  a moment to step away from your family, chores and getting ready for school in hopes of picking up some nuggets.  As we begin each school year, we are filled with joy, excitement, hope and something else...PANIC! No matter what we do it seems that every year we are scrambling at meet the teacher or the morning of the first day wondering where all the copies are and what happened to that cute "First Day of School" frame that you spent hours making.  I know you are all reliving a similar experience right now as you read this.  Take a deep breath (and another sip of coffee) and relax.  It's going to be ok this year.  You're going to be ready for whatever comes your way as you follow a new approach to the beginning of the year.

1. Plan of Action

Decide the top 10 most important things for you to do before the first day of school. Figure out approximately how long it will take you to finish them. Add in time for meetings so you're not overwhelmed.  Then add a few extra hours for the chatting and hanging around with your friends like you know you will. Setting aside time for a little extras will allow you to have a little fun while you work hard.

2. Get the Urge to Purge

Get rid of the old, to make room for the new.  Use this rule of thumb: If you haven't used it in 2-3 years, get rid of it! I'm giving us teachers a little leeway. I know you are keeping it in case you go to another grade or because those empty plastic yogurt containers must have a good use!  Honey, let it go...Pass it on to someone who can use it, if you need it that bad you can borrow it. Or just take it out of your life forever.  Less clutter is the key! You probably got most of it from a garage sale anyway.  Have a large garbage bag ready to fill. If you know you have a hard time throwing things away, grab your life long teaching friend that tells it like it is to help you purge. Just like in your home, bring something in, take something out. If you brought a car load of new materials in, take a car load out.  One tip for new teachers; I know you probably have nothing so you want to collect all you can, but trust me, be somewhat selective in what you get.  If it's junk, you won't ever use it and you'll end up getting rid of it in 3 years.  You can be picky and still get great resources.

3. Organize

When you're in your classroom setting up, use your time wisely. You can't take your classroom home with you.  But you can do computer work on your couch.  Organizing your room will help your days and year flow with little stress when set up in a user-friendly fashion.  Cherish the little time you have in you room to get ready and use it wisely. Welcome friends in to say hello, but continue to work while they are there so they understand you are on a time crunch. While organizing, be realistic about what you can get through in your set amount of time.  Over-organizing, yes, I said over-organizing, can result in more stress and pressure to get things accomplished. Have a plan of action before you begin.  There are several boards on Pinterest related to classroom organization. I have several boards, some organizing, teacher resources and classroom set up.  Follow me on Pinterest to see what great ideas I've found!

4.  Plan, plan, plan!

You are now {somewhat} organized. Enough to where the students can walk into the room without hurting themselves on random teacher resources lying about.  Celebrate! {Give yourself a sticker} O.K., time to move on.  Look at your scope and sequence (or make your own)...what is most important and time consuming to plan? Tackle that one first.  Of course the first few days are crutial in setting the tone in your class, but once you get past that, what's next?  We usually get so caught up in the beginning, that we forget what happens after that.  Be ready to move right in to your first unit.  Don't over plan one subject and then have nothing else planned, this does nothing to help you.  Your days will still be unplanned and stressful.  Get an old fashioned planner (with an actual pencil and paper) and write it down.  I know technology is important and many times mandatory in your school, but I find it helps me to just be able to jot down information quickly without having to worry if the server is up. There are even some free planners on TpT you can print.

5.  Enjoy the fruit of your labor

You have worked really hard to get ready for this fresh new year! Reward yourself. Maybe it's a dip in the pool,a cup of coffee, pat on the back or a new set of stickers from the dollar store.  Most of all, in your planner, write down a list of your accomplishments so far this year.  Start off on the right foot with a positive outlook on what is coming.  I know new years are always full of possibility...and then the first day happens.  Don't let that happen this year. Remember why you do what you do. You love it!

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  I can't wait to hear all about your new journey this year! Please comment below and send me a picture! Until next time!

~Minute Mommy

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  1. I love what you said about new teachers being selective about what they grab. I had a bunch of stuff left in my room, and people kept bringing me stuff. The next year, I had a ton of purging to do!

  2. Love your blog post, I also love to roam all around pinterest and pick up on new organising tips for the classroom!

    Teaching Autism

  3. Thanks everyone! Glad it was helpful. See you again soon!

  4. You have some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.
    Sandra's Savvy Teaching Tips

  5. Thank you S Farrell! Glad it was helpful!

  6. I began purging things this year. Some things I just don't use, like teacher notepads, but others do. Give away what you can and toss the rest without feeling guilty.