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School start checklist

LIST OF THINGS TO DO BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS

GRADES K-12

ROOM ENVIRONMENT

  • Decide on a theme for your classroom
  • Prepare/purchase bulletin board materials
  • Decide where to post notices/materials
  • Make a classroom welcome sign
  • Set up learning centers, display tables, and student work areas

SUPPLIES

  • Writing, drawing, and construction paper
  • Pencils/Pens
  • Crayons
  • Paste/glue
  • Stapler/staples
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Straight and safety pins
  • Transparent tape
  • Manila folders
  • Marking pens
  • Rulers
  • Art supplies
  • Grade book
  • Lesson plan book
  • Attendance materials
  • Textbooks/workbooks
  • Boxes for keeping units

FIND OUT ABOUT

  • Fire drills
  • Tornado drills
  • Lunch procedure
  • Staff handbook
  • Dismissal procedure
  • Your colleagues

STUDENT PREP

  • Make student name tags
  • Prepare first-day materials to send home (emergency cards, school/classroom rules, bus regulations/info, letter to parents, classroom schedule)
  • Prepare class list
  • Decide on your seating procedure
  • Check records for students with special needs

GETTING ORGANIZED

  • Brainstorm class expectations
  • Arrange desks
  • Pin up bulletin boards, notices, etc.
  • Write lesson plans for the first week
  • Duplicate materials for first week
  • Write daily schedule, date, and your name on the board
  • Prepare files for parent correspondence, school bulletins, and sub teachers

THINK ABOUT PROCEDURES FOR…

  • Book distribution
  • Turning in work, format of work
  • Handing back assignments
  • Homework
  • Grading–recording grades, extra credit, portfolios
  • Housekeeping procedures–clean up, supply storage
  • Rewards and incentives
  • Communicating with parents
  • Signals for students’ attention
  • Daily routines–beginning of day, transition times, independent and group work
  • Agenda use and motivators

By: TERESA WASINGER
PLEASANT VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL
WICHITA, KS