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We know how exhilarating and, let’s be honest, stressful preparing for next school year can be. But fear not! We have some tips for you. In this post, we’ll explore five essential tasks that multiple prep secondary teachers should tackle before the summer break. Trust us, you’ll thank yourself when the next school year rolls around. So, let’s jump right into it!
Task 1: Calendar Out Your Units for Next Year
One of the best things you can do before the current school year ends or before you leave for summer break is to calendar out your units for the next year.
It may sound daunting, but it’s incredibly freeing and sets you up for a stress-free summer. If summer has already started for you, no worries! You can do this at the beginning of the summer.
Start by using our handy resource, the “Plan Out Your Course Blueprint.” This tool provides templates and guidance to make the process easier.
To calendar out your units, consider your school or district calendar and align it with your scope and sequence or standards. Determine the length of time you’ll spend on each unit and when they’ll occur in relation to breaks and other events. (No one, including you, wants to be taking or grading a large assessment after a long weekend).
If you already have your scope and sequence for next year, it’s a simple adjustment. For added insight, reflect on the previous school year to identify areas where you may have needed more or less time. By doing this for each of your preps, you’ll have a clear roadmap for the entire school year, making it simpler and less stressful.
Task 2: Complete an Inventory and Order New Materials
While cleaning up your classroom or workspace, take the opportunity to complete an inventory of your current materials, supplies, and equipment. This helps you determine what needs to be reordered, what needs to be replaced, and what can be thrown out.
By identifying any gaps or outdated resources now, you’ll avoid the stress of starting the new year without essential materials. Take note of what’s working and what’s not, and if possible, place orders for any necessary items before leaving for summer break.
Additionally, find out if your school offers opportunities to order classroom supplies in advance or if there are alternative funding options available.
Task 3: Update Your Disclosure Documents or Syllabi
Don’t wait until the beginning of the school year to update your disclosure documents or syllabi. Get it done now!
Making simple adjustments ahead of time saves you from unnecessary stress later on. Review your routines and policies to ensure they reflect any changes that occurred during the previous school year.
By updating these documents early, you’ll have a head start and be well-prepared when the next school year begins.
Task 4: Plan Out Your First Week of School
The first week of school sets the tone for the entire year. Take some time now to plan it out. Reflect on what worked well in your classroom and consider any adjustments or tweaks you want to make.
This is an opportunity to introduce engaging activities, icebreakers, or career exploration exercises. By having a basic plan in place, you can generate ideas over the summer and enter the new year with clarity.
Planning ahead allows you to remember what worked and what didn’t, ensuring a smooth start.
Task 5: Make Copies for the First Week Back
Avoid spending valuable time during the first few days of school waiting by the copy machine. Instead, make any necessary copies now.
Submit your disclosure document for approval and get it printed in advance. If there are additional materials you’ll need for the first week, print those as well.
Having everything prepared and neatly organized in your classroom reduces stress and allows you to focus on other important tasks. Store the copies in a designated spot, ready to go when the new school year begins.
Congratulations, secondary teachers! By completing these five essential tasks before summer break, you’re setting yourself up for a successful and less stressful school year. Remember to utilize resources such as the “Plan Out Your Course Blueprint” to help you along the way.
Stay tuned for more helpful episodes throughout the summer, where we’ll continue to provide valuable tips and insights to support your planning, prepping, updating, and organizing. Embrace the opportunity to prepare now and enjoy the chaos-free start to the upcoming school year. You’ve got this!
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