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  1. There are some great tips here. In my school over here in England a lot of the questions you are asking yourself (newsletters, homework schedule etc.) are all dictated by whole school policies.

    One of the greatest organisation things I have learned since I started teaching is to have a marking timetable. It makes life sooooo much easier!

    1. I'd love to hear more about your marking timetable! Grading papers is the bane of my existence!

  2. One of the things I try to make sure I take care of prior to students entering my class is getting all of their paperwork straight – IEPs, 504s, accommodations, etc. Our school will sometimes get this information to us, but since we're departmentalized they don't always give me my other class's information. I make a point of hunting that down before Meet the Teacher so I can address any parent concerns.

  3. Love the logical thought behind this. A few weeks before school starts, my brain is generally oatmeal and I can't think clearly. Thanks for the reminders!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  4. Thanks for your help with keeping things in perspective and for a terrific giveaway!

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  5. This is just SO FANTASTIC! I reworded my Open House Powerpoint (not sure if I present to parents or not) but otherwise I will print it out and give it to students as a copy of policies. Those are all questions parents want to know first and transitioning from Kindergarten I had forgotten about many of them but now that I have them nailed down I feel more confident with parents and how many classroom will run.

    Thanks for the great reminder!!!


  6. Fabulous tips – Thank you!
    For nametags, I always laminate with number (in upper corner) but no name. For the first week we use temp. nametags, then after the first week I'll write students' names with the correct spelling/nickname/etc. using a Sharpie. That way if a new student comes in the first week I can plug them in the ABC/123 order. After the first (solid) week new students just go at the end of the list. It also helps with the correct names. I've had a few years where Elizabeth, wants to be called Libby or Beth and parents have approved. Good Luck SY 14-15!

  7. I love this list of what to worry about now and wait til later. I always feel like EVERYTHING must be complete for the students the first day. Thanks for this reminder that some things need to be ready, but some can wait until we have our students. Also I am excited about this giveaway….off to the others to check out their tips 🙂

    Get Your Science on in Room 701

  8. LOVE your Blog & ideas!!!! THANK YOU for sharing and entering me in the drawings/contest! Have a fabulous school year!!

  9. This is exactly what I needed to hear! "Permission" to not worry about every detail and have everything Pinterest perfect on the first day. I'm in a new building/district/grade this year and have felt a little crushed by everything! Thank-you!!

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