I absolutely LOVE this video by SoulPancake! This is truly the pep talk of all pep talks. Do not start your school year without watching this insightful, inspirational, humorous video and without sharing it with your colleagues and students.
This blog post on the Guardian Teacher Network provides some great tips and resources for preparing for the beginning of the school year. Organized by grade level (whole school, primary, and secondary), the resources range from printables for students (times tables, periodic tables, etc.) to planners and calendars for teachers.
The tips in this brief, well-written blog post are awesome sauce! One of my favorites is to carry your camera everywhere to capture those beginning-of-the-school-year moments that you'll want to share at those end-of-the-year celebrations. Concrete and creative, these tips are great for sharing with colleagues as well.
This infographic created by Lab42 offers a look at the beginning of the school year from the perspective of parents. This point of view is useful when thinking about what resources you will request for parents, what their top concerns are for their children and more. Indeed, considering the issues presented in this infographic help make planning for back to school a more holistic and team-based project.
These tips compiled by Emily are practical, insightful, humorous and best, of all, cover everything you need to think about before the first day of school including classroom management, morning work, fostering positive student interactions, and even personal life hacks like preparing dinners in advance. A quick read that is well-worth the time.
Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D. has compiled twenty inspirational quotes to set the tone for the beginning of the school year. An almost hidden bonus in this blog post, however, is the link to her 55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents (and Teachers).