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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This is a difficult time for teachers and parents everywhere with the uncertainty of the Coronavirus changing our life. There is one thing that I know for sure, CHILDREN NEED to keep a routine in their life to help them feel safe. I created some distance learning packets with a fun spring theme to help keep children on track with their education and on a regular routine.
Packets range from Pre-K to 5th Grade. They all include math and literacy skills that are specific to the standards for each grade. Each packet has a sight word list, reading log, writing activities and include different covers. This makes it easy to print and staple into a fun Spring Break Journal.
The easy NO PREP packets are available for only $4:
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We are in this together! Here is a FREE home lesson made especially for families who want their kids to learn about healthy habits and have fun while they are home.
Another great way to keep kids engaged is to have them create a 2020 Memory Journal. Journaling is a great way for kids to organize their feelings. They will write about their feelings, things they can control, learn about the stock market on a kids friendly level, take temperatures and read about healthy habits.
Hopefully this pandemic won’t run all the way into summer. I do have summer packets ready for you. Check out the bundle.
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Do you like free resources? Do you love to see what other teachers are doing in their classroom, but can’t because you are busy teaching? Well, I have something fun for you! Go check out my Facebook Page. Pinned at the top is the video (same video as below) of me explaining how to win free resources by simply sharing one of your fantastic lessons with the rest of us by snapping a quick picture and adding it to comment section with a sentence. Go check it out to discover the criteria I’m looking for, and hopefully see some other teacher’s lessons for inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you all are doing with the kiddos!