It’s time! You are about as excited as Sara Jane Hartwell. As I was cleaning my room, I was thinking, “20+ new kids, half I’ve seen in the hallway. I hope they all get along. Where are my pants? Did I cut enough brag tags?”
While I don’t get as nervous as I used to, I still get anxious. My solution is to work my tail off the week before school starts. I’m a member of Angela Watson’s 40 Hour Workweek, and the best back to school advice I received was to plan your first week’s lesson plans before you decorate. Doing this helps to alleviate the last minute panic attack for the first day of school.
While my favorite first day read along is “The Kissing Hand”, I sometimes switch it up and share “First Day Jitters”. It’s a great book, and a favorite for many teachers. I have a book companion that includes five days of lesson plans and anchor charts, along with everything else you need to get through the first week. The first day of school rules posters have been a great transition tool right before lunch, and the Seesaw activities let me focus on introducing technology.
The First Day Jitters book companion is available on Teachers Pay Teachers as part of a Back to School Bundle.
And as a special back to school BONUS, if you purchase the bundle, you will receive a page of Back to School Brag Tags! They are already included in the download. Get the bundle here.
If you need a copy of the book, here is a link. There is still time to get it with Prime shipping.
In the meantime, even if you have three million things to do and your brain is mush… take a moment to stop and breathe.
You’ve got this, teacher friends!