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Going back to school during these uncertain times can be exciting, nerve-racking and hectic. That’s why we put together these tips from various educator resources to help you prepare for back to school no matter what your year looks like.

Build a communication plan
Chances are you experienced communication challenges at some point last year, and parents will likely have a lot more questions and concerns this year. Let students and parents know how and when you will be communicating with them. You may even want to consider using apps like Remind or Bloomz.

Create consistent routines
Whether you’re teaching online or in person, try to build a routine that’s consistent across all spaces.

Review your toolkit
This year especially, take a look at your teaching strategies with fresh eyes. With a new group of students likely learning in different environments, what worked last year may not work this year, and ideas that didn’t work last year may be this year’s biggest successes. Check out these articles from Edtopia on setting up online and engaging lesson plans.

Take care of yourself
Your schedule is hectic and ever-changing, but taking time for your own well-being is vital to helping you thrive throughout the year.

  • Practice self-care
    Educators likely find themselves stretching their time and energy to balance work and family needs. In doing so, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. Practicing self-care throughout the day can be helpful, so take time to do the things you enjoy. For example, you may choose to start the day listening to your favorite podcast and ending the day with a workout. And here’s some deep-breathing exercises you can do on your midday break to reduce stress.
  • Set a schedule
    Changes to routines can be challenging and blur the lines of when the workday starts and ends. Try to create and stick to a schedule that includes a start and end time, your self-care practices and breaks.
  • Find the joy
    Write down three good things that happen each day – funny moments, something that made you smile, something you’re thankful for – in a journal or on sticky notes. You can also encourage your students to do the same and share them with the class.
  • Think positive
    When things around you seem uncertain and unpredictable, it’s easy to get caught up in the “what ifs” and the worry. But it’s in these very moments that you must focus on the things that you can control – stay positive and have a great school year. You’ve got this!


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