This year is certainly going to look a lot different than most…you may be starting the year off with distance learning or a hybrid schedule consisting of both distance learning and face-to-face. I know all these new changes can feel very overwhelming! As a teacher (and in my own personal life!), making lists helps me feel better and more prepared to face the unknown. Are you the same way? If so, here are some things to add to your back to school checklist this year:

  • Space out students’ desks. You may have to get creative with this! I saw one teacher use yoga mats and lap desk trays for her students’ work areas! Genius!

  • Hang posters and signs to remind students of the new safety guidelines.

  • Label bins for each student to keep their supplies in so they don’t have to share.

  • Gather safety materials (hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, extra masks, etc.).

  • Create an emergency sub folder.

  • Breathe! Take time to think about all the things you’re thankful for. These positive thoughts can go a long way to help manage the anxious ones!

Back to School Teacher Toolkit

     I wanted to find a way to support you during this uncertain time, so I’ve teamed up with some amazingly talented teacher-authors to provide you with a “Back to School Teacher Toolkit” specifically for distance learning and all the new requirements this year. We’ve included social distancing posters, digital “get to know you” activities, a pen pal packet, and much more! We also threw in a few freebies, including a digital planning guide! Check out all the resources below!

     I hope these resources can help you and make your load just a little lighter! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! I’d love to help you in any way!