Back to School Tips for the Science Teacher

First days of school tips for the science teacher
    First-year and even veteran science teachers stress out in the weeks leading up the back to school season. There are so many things to consider when getting ready for the first day of school. First of all, there is your classroom, in which you want to create a safe, warm environment for your students to feel comfortable in, but there are so many other aspects probably more important ones to consider. Classroom management, what will you do on the first day of school? What supplies will you need? These are all questions that can keep us up worrying about how to get it all done. Don’t worry teacher friends; here are some first-day-of-school science tips for using to get you started in your classroom. 
       Let’s share what works to help navigate and make this back to school season successful.


Science Teacher Tip #1: Blended learning: 

    After teaching through a pandemic, some aspects of technology will stay with us even into the following back to school season. Get tips and ideas to start the year off on the best foot here.


Science Teacher Tip #2: Classroom Décor:

While classroom décor is undoubtedly not THE most important part of getting ready for the school year, it should play a role. Students don’t need much, but I believe that you need to put in some effort to make your classroom look like a place where your students will be comfortable and show that YOU want to be there. Learn more about how I decorate my classroom with a purpose here


Science Teacher Tip #3: Classroom Supplies:


Classroom supplies that first year teachers don't even know they need to have


Once your classroom is done, you need to think about the supplies you’ll need throughout the school year. Sometimes this can be overwhelming, and I know I always forget something So read about my list of 5 must haves here. (This is especially great for first-year teachers that might not anticipate the need for some of these supplies). 




Science Teacher Tip #4: Classroom Management:

How to keep control of your classroom with management strategies that really work
I think, hands down, this is the foundation of your teaching. If you don’t have failproof classroom management strategies, you will encounter many problems throughout the school year. It is true, students can sense fear, and they will try to take advantage. After teaching for 15 years, read through some of the tips that help me keep my sanity


Science Teacher Tip #5: Classroom Jobs:

Having classroom jobs in the grade 4, 5, 6, and 7 science classroom
Yes, you can have classroom jobs in upper elementary and middle school classrooms. It might not be for everyone, but it could be an excellent way to maintain control of your classroom and teach students how to be responsible. If you are interested in trying this in your classroom, read on to learn about some of the jobs you can implement in the science classroom.


Science Teacher Tip #6: Building Personal Relationships:

Building relationships with your upper elementary and middle school students on the first day of school
Ok, I lied. This is probably more important than classroom management. However, I feel that if you have taken the time to build relationships with your students, then you’ve already scored a big piece of the classroom management pie. Read on to learn how I make connections with my students
five ways to get to know your students to build relationship in the classroom
So now you know how to start your school year off on the right foot before students arrive. But what will you do with them once they are in your classroom? Here are five different icebreaker activities that you can choose to use on the first day of school. These are great ways to get to know your students and build relationships with them.
I hope sharing what I have learned throughout my career is helpful to you. Is there anything I missed? Is there something that you do differently that works for you? Let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from my readers!


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