Overplan! Overplan! Overplan! You can never go wrong when you have too many activities planned. It is so much easier to NOT DO an activity than it is to think of one on the spot!
2. Vary your Activities
Alternate a fun activity with a rules/procedures or other teacher activity. For example: introductions - name game - go over rules & personal expectations - teaming activity/game - class procedures - skits
3. Make Day of the Week Folders
Use manila folders and label each one in a different color with the day of the week. You could also use colored manila folders. Laminate. Place lesson plans & materials for each day in these folders.
4. Have Substitute Folder Ready
Include: procedures & detailed daily schedule, math practice sheet, journal topics, grade level team members' names & room numbers. Place this in the day of the week folder. You can add to this throughout the year.
5. Posters of Rules & Consequences
Laminate and hang where students can easily see them.
6. Poster with Daily Schedule written out
Laminate and hang where students can easily see it.
If you don't do this before school starts, you'll be swamped and will never have the time to do it.
9. Know what students are going to do with supplies
Have a procedure ready when they walk in the door - Keep? Stack in the corner? Take up?
10. Welcome notes for students
Write out the same note for every student and do not write student names on these. This will save you time and trouble! You may want to include a pencil or piece of candy on the note. Middle school teachers - type out the note with a cute font and copy on colored paper.