7 Summer Tips for New Teachers

While summertime usually brings thoughts of lemonade stands, beach reads, and road trips, it may be stressful for first-year teachers who aren’t sure what to expect come September. Don’t worry! We’ve created a list to help you make the most of July and August, so you’re prepared for an incredible school year.

1. Start preparing academic content. Email your district and see if they have a curriculum you will use, research the academic content standards in your state, look at lesson plan examples, prepare a summative exam to measure what your students have learned

2. Once you have an idea of what you will be teaching, begin gathering the supplies you need. Will an anchor chart or classroom visual help students memorize the periodic table? Will your Kindergartners need paper squares to help them count in math? Take the time to create posters, manipulatives, and presentations. You will thank yourself later!

3. Plan out all of your routines and procedures. How are students lining up for lunch? Where do they turn in homework? What happens if they are absent? Having these things thought out prior to the first day of school will help you clearly explain your expectations from day 1.

4. Secure funding. Some of the items you will need for your class will be expensive, but there are many websites out there that help teachers pay for equipment and special projects, like Donors Chose and Pledge Cents. Go ahead, plan that science fair, art project, or field trip!

5. Connect with families. If you can get a list of your students’ phone numbers, take the time to call and introduce yourself. Creating strong partnerships with families is an important way to show your students that you care for them, and to ensure that you have support when it comes to academics and behavior during the school year.

6. Create parent or student information surveys. Collecting student’s birthdays, allergies, or emergency contact information early in the school year will make certain that it is ready when you need it.

7. Finally, don’t forget to take some time to rest and relax for the upcoming year!

What other summer advice do you have for new teachers? Share in the comments.