3 Tips for a Successful First Day of School

The first day of school is still both exciting and nerve-wracking to me... and I have been doing this many years! I always have trouble sleeping the night before because my mind just races with thoughts. Can you relate? If so, that means you are completely normal!

The key to mastering your first day is keep it simple, stay flexible, and be over-prepared. As a veteran teacher of more than 15 years, I am going to share some of my best tips so you can know that you are truly prepared!

The key to mastering your first day is keep it simple, stay flexible, and be over-prepared. As a veteran teacher of more than 15 years, I am going to share some of my best tips so you can know that you are truly prepared! I have also mentored more than 100 new teachers, and I promise you every single one of them has survived their first day! So grab your favorite drink (mine is water with lemon!), get comfy, and let's dig in...

3 Tips for a Successful First Week of School

The first week of school is fast approaching. Like many teachers, you may have already gone shopping for your first day outfit or picked out classroom decor to make your space lovely and beautiful. You may have even browsed Pinterest for the perfect first days of school activities.

Check out these tips on what is most important to establish with your students in the first week!

It may be tempting to jump right in and start planning your very first day of school. But before we get into the specific details of what Day 1 should look like in the classroom, let's take a look at the big picture of the first week. When you know what you want to accomplish overall in the first week (or weeks), you will be able to plan backwards for an amazing first day!

Tips for Self-Contained Teachers

I have had the privilege of team teaching and being self-contained throughout my career. Team-teaching refers to departmentalizing into subject areas, then rotating students by class to every teacher on the team. Self-contained teaching means keeping your homeroom all day and teaching them each subject. Both have their pros and cons!

Self-contained teachers keep their homeroom students all day and teach them every subject.


While I genuinely love different aspects of each, my heart is with self-contained teaching. Here are a few tips to make the most of your self-contained school year!

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