10 Things to Do Now to Prepare for Back to School

Although your school’s doors may have closed for the summer, and you’re likely focused on June, July, and August, it’s never to early to start thinking about your triumphant return to the classroom at the end of the summer (not a popular notion today, probably).
Today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator based in upstate New York, explains that tackling some of those topics ahead of time can save you lots of time (and relieve a little stress) when the fall arrives.
Janelle’s ideas include:
  • Order school supplies
  • Make copies
  • Create a bulletin board
  • And more!

In summation, Janelle notes: “It’s great to get a jumpstart on the following school year so you don’t have to spend the summer thinking about work. Take your summer vacation and spend it on yourself, relaxing and unwinding from the school year.”
How do you prepare for the next school year? Do you wait until the fall or get a jumpstart before summer break?
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For the uninitiated, reader’s theater is a wonderful, creative way for teachers to bolster a sense of enthusiasm in students’ reading curriculum. Basically, reader’s theater involves students adapting a piece of literature to be “performed” in front of your class.

Frequent TeachHUB.com contributing writer Janelle Cox defines this teaching strategy as, “Reader’s theater is much more than just putting on a play. Remember that students are using the repeated reading strategy which enhances their reading fluency. It is also using cooperative learning, problem-solving skills, and not to mention the common core learning standards of speaking and listening.

At first, these types of teaching strategies might seem like they would involve a ton of classroom time. But in actuality, with just 20 minutes, a teacher can plan a beautifully engaging piece of reader’s theater.

The key is to fit your prep time into the normal part of your teaching day. Today, Janelle explains how educators can pull off some of these exciting classroom teaching strategies, including:

    Use reader’s theater as part of your literacy center rotations.
    Match your scripts to the learning standards of other subjects like social studies.
    Have students put on their production first thing in the morning.
    And more!

In closing, Janelle notes that reader’s theater is an excellent tactic to increase your kids’ listening, reading, and thinking skills in an engaging new way.

Do you do a reader’s theater in your classroom? What tips do you have that work well for your class?