This year is going to be different than any year we have ever taught before thanks to Covid-19. The best thing you can do now is get a jump start on classroom organization. I like to have checklists and a lot of teaching tools at my fingertips before I begin the school year in order for my days to go as smooth as possible. The best advice someone gave me once was to always plan and if the plan doesn’t work in teaching, change the plan.
Checklists for Teachers
Here is a list of things you can add to your own checklist for this school year. I have a free social distancing checklist download on TpT you can use if you don’t want to make your own.
- Gather and organize classroom materials and supplies. (Include safety supplies, masks and hand sanitizer)
- Distance seats from each student.
- Make it a rule that kids need their own water bottle to keep kids out of the water fountain.
- Create individualized bins for each student for supplies.
- Prepare student name tags and/or student desk labels.
- Organize your files.
- Label all furniture in the classroom.
- Create an emergency substitute folder.
- Label textbooks, workbooks, and supplies.
- Set up your grade book.
- Make the first day of lesson plans very detailed.
- Have rules for the NEW social distancing guidelines if you are in person.
- If you are doing virtual or a blended version of both, create those rules.
- Decorate your room to help students remember new safety guidelines.
- Plan icebreakers for each day the first week of school.
- Have a classroom calendar and schedule in the classroom.
In order to help you with all the new social distance guidelines and distance learning, I got together with some of my favorite teacher authors to bring you some teaching tools you can use in this Back to School Tools for Teachers! This is exciting because some of these are resources are way too time consuming for teachers to create. There are a few freebies in the mix too.
Here are the resources for your Distance Learning Teaching Toolkit:
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