By Linda Sahagun
It’s that time of year again. August has arrived and with it the beginning of a new school year is approaching! Stores are bombarding their customers with Back to School sales. The ads suggest the items that are most necessary for parents to buy for their children. Teachers are spending countless hours preparing their rooms for their students. Putting up bulletin boards, laminating name tags, making copies, writing welcome letters, and the to do lists never seem to end. This is all a part of August for teachers. So where do you start? What helps you get ready?
I dread and love this time of year. I love office supplies, the smell of crayons, freshly sharpened pencils that haven’t been chewed on and still have their erasers, new packs of markers, and the list goes on. For the non teachers reading this you may think my love of office supplies is strange but I would guess that most teachers would be able to relate to my love of these things. In all seriousness though, I love this time of year because there is a certain excitement that comes with the thought of a fresh new start.
I love the hope a new school year brings. Most of all I love and look forward to implementing change as I reflect on the previous year. I aspire to try new ideas that will improve my teaching and effectiveness in the classroom.
I dread this time of year oddly because of the same things I love. The crayons, pencils, new books, and endless list of supplies needed for the classroom symbolize the tools of our job. It’s the tools that get the work done. The work that our students will be doing is a direct correlation of the assignments and lessons we’ll be teaching which require us to plan, create, and organize. This leads to an seemingly endless list of “Need to do’s”.
Managing the Back to School “To Do List”
So where do you begin? How do you manage it all? ...