New Academic Year To-Do List

Here are some suggested items that you might want to have on your To-Do list for the next couple of weeks into September:

Owning Organisation

  • Planner / diary
  • Student files / tracker / grade book
  • Seating plans
  • Supply teacher folder
  • Check amounts of exercise books and textbooks (decide how to store them in the most appropriate place for how they will be used)
  • Sort any repeatable lesson plans and curriculum materials (e.g. worksheets, card sorts, etc.)
  • Overplan for your first week
  • Prepare all copies, handouts and materials needed the first week including any laminating that needs to be done


TOP TIP – Write Everything Down Immediately.

There are too many things to think of in those last days before school starts so don’t trust your memory. Instead, have a notebook or planner to write down any task or question that comes to mind. This only takes seconds but frees up mental space for more important things.


Classroom Coordination

  • A well decorated and organised classroom is great for students, who will appreciate your effort to create a pleasant space for them to learn in. But don’t throw every Pinterest ideas on every wall all at once as some students may be overwhelmed and distracted by too much clutter on the walls.
  • Experiment to find the best way to arrange students’ desks.
  • Aim for your displays to be informative before engaging.
  • Clearly display keywords, frequently referred to prompts and key guidance for exam questions.
  • Ensure classroom and school rules and consequences are clearly displayed to avoid argument from students.


Sourcing Supplies

  • Paper – Lined paper? Plain paper? Squared paper? Graph paper?
  • Pencils, erasers and a pencil sharpener
  • Pens – blue and black but (depending on school marking policy) may be red, green or purple?
  • Highlighters
  • Board markers
  • Coloured pencils
  • Stapler, staples, staple remover
  • Tape – sellotape, masking tape
  • Folders – paper folders, manila folders, filing cabinet sleeves, plastic wallets
  • Binders – three-ring binders
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands
  • Glue sticks
  • The things that are really useful but always forgotten: tissues, paper towel and antibacterial hand sanitiser.


“New Year, New Me”

Unlike everyone else, teachers tend to run on the academic rather than the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, September is the teacher’s January. So why not make your own new year’s resolution for the coming school year?


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