School preparation checklist for teacher
15th August 2017
As much as we hate to admit it, the 6 weeks of summer will be over before you know it. With just under a month until we start the next academic year 2017-2018, summer is the best time to start prepping for back to school. Whether you’ve travelled abroad to the Mediterranean heat, or you’re stuck here having a typical UK summer, it’s the perfect time to look over our school preparation checklist.
Our 2017 school preparation checklist
4 weeks before:
Get up-to-date with curriculum changes
Depending on whether you work in primary or secondary education, changes to the national curriculum will ultimately effect both students and teachers. Recent changes to GCSEs and A Levels, including moving to numerical grading, will need to be reflected in lesson plans and exam preparation for students. Therefore getting up-to-date on these changes is essential. Find out more here.
Create two weeks of lesson plans
When it comes to lesson planning, a good place to start is considering which lessons were most engaging from last year and which were not. Consider how these could be improved and what would be needed to make these improvements. For brand new lessons, in line with curriculum changes, get creative, make objectives and use technology to help you meet these objectives. Creating up to two weeks of lesson plans is key to get ahead.
2 weeks before:
Decorate and organise your classroom
Posters, table and chair layouts, and even themed rooms for you creative ones out there – there’s lots of think about. Getting the most out of your classroom might mean re-arranging your tables and chairs to allow for more group work and collaboration, incorporating more technology, or even actively getting your students involved in decorating the room themselves. Consider how active your lessons are. What kind of things can students actively decorate? For younger students it may be bulletin boards, for older students it may be nametags for their first week back. Either way, make sure you go and look at the classroom and have a re-jig before term starts.
Draft a letter to parents
In preparation for the first day back to school, draft a letter to your students’ parents which introduces yourself. Try to include some personal things about yourself, what you want to achieve throughout the year and how parents can get involved. Keep it short, sweet and friendly.
1 day before:
Final checks, last minute tasks and last minute questions
First day of school:
Create classroom policies
Encourage students to help dictate the rules for the classroom. By actively contributing to policies, students are more likely to follow them and lead by example in the classroom.
Once you’ve completed our school preparation checklist, you’ll be set for the school year ahead. To learn more about how Impero Education Pro can help support technology use within lessons and the classroom, watch this video.