While students and families enjoy the last weeks of thier summer vacation, exceptional teachers know this as 'prep-time' for the school year ahead. We've assembled a checklist to keep you ahead of the curve and anxiety free asyou start the new school year.

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Feel free to download, print, and use our Classroom Checklist Timeline, so that your mind and body can fully recover without any distractions.

1 Month Before

A month before your scheduled start time, begin planning out your lessons and responsibilities. Use this time to think ahead and construct your classroom rules and procedures and account for the materials you'll innevitably use in the coming weeks.

Materials to be mindful of:

  • Sub Packets
  • Awards & Certificates
  • Intro Packets
  • Gradebook
  • Activities

Procedure Checklist (one month out):

  • File Class List
  • Fire Drill Rules
  • Classroom Seating Chart
  • General Plan
  • Names and Numbers of Teachers
  • Office Procedures
  • Classroom Policies
  • Online Gradebook & Template
  • Classroom Management Tactics
  • Your Teaching Philosophy
  • Organize Binders
  • Calendar Planning
  • Activity Guidelines
  • Content for 1st Month

3 Weeks Before

Getting a head start on shopping for your supplies, materials, and necessities will keep you at ease and confident of your preparedness! 

Keep these categories in mind as you assemble your supplies:

  • Basic Supplies
  • Personal Library
  • Display of Student Work
  • Flexible Seating
  • Hygienic items
  • Holiday Materials

Essential Items:

  • Clipboards
  • Decorative Letters
  • Books
  • Newspaper and Magazines
  • Labelmaker
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Markers and Highlighters
  • Kleenex and Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Laminator
  • Callendar
  • Colored and Printer Paper
  • Stapler and Ruler
  • Bins

2 Weeks Before

Transform your classroom into a magical and welcoming place where students feel comfortable and energized to learn! Be smart and divide your decorations into defined areas to remember details you might forget. For example, write down “reading section” as one of your main categories to target what you need and list everything out (beanbags, rug, bookshelf, etc.).

Decoration Categories:

  • Reading Section
  • Math Center
  • Furniture
  • Storage
  • Wall Decoration
  • Front Door

Decoration Checklist:

  • Organize Room Sections
  • Bring Small Ladder
  • Couch
  • Rugs
  • Banners of Colleges
  • Inspiring Posters
  • Globe or Maps
  • Beanbags or Cushions
  • Filing Cabinet
  • Storage Boxes
  • Portable White Board
  • Plants

1 Week Before

Print all your copies, assignments, scans, activities, and attendance sheets! Make your life easier by printing in advance so that panic has no room in your classroom ciriculum.

Print Materials Checklist:

  • Classroom
  • Personal
  • Student Copies
  • School Info
  • Parent Into
  • Sub Info

Essential Items to remember:

  • Worksheets
  • Textbooks Scans
  • Attendance Sheets
  • Rules and Guidelines
  • Homework
  • Activity Sheets
  • Yearly Curriculum
  • Content for Class Wall
  • Monthly Calendar
  • Daily Reading Sheet
  • Name Tags
  • Labels
  • Daily Schedule
  • Disciplinary Procedures
  • Conference Dates

The Night Before

Double check everything; as a teacher this is vital trait to keep with you in your career. Make sure you have quality rest in order to keep your focus stable all day long.

Last Minute Checklist:

  • Preparation
  • Organization
  • Self-Care
  • Note Taking
  • Mental Check

Night Before Necessities:

  • Full Night's Rest
  • Pack Lunch
  • Set Alarm
  • Familiarize yourself with children's names
  • Check Emails
  • Look over Schedule
  • Coffee
  • Double Check Materials
  • Prepare outfit
  • Wear Comfy Shoes
  • Look over School Map
  • Note emergency exits

Take this opportunity to organize your responsibilities a month in advance. We understand the difficulties in planning for classroom lessons, especially during the summertime. That is why we have formulated this little helper to guide you along the way! 

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