Tips for Starting the School Year Right

Just spent some time reading my own posts and reminders from year's past about how to start the school year right.  I'm still recovering from a lighting strike at the school three weeks a go and have poured upwards of 20 hours into getting all systems back online at 100%.  I thought these posts might help some of you (as honestly, they helped me ;-)  as you look at starting the year.

Really, one of the great values to me, is that I can review my own posts from the same month in years prior.  I find this helpful in refreshing my thoughts on best practice and what I've learned and I've made it a practice more and more.

Blog posts don't have to be new to be worthwhile and sometimes buried in your own posts are a great nugget that you've forgotten.

So, let's get it started!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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John Peters August 5, 2008 - 12:27 am


What a great blog post. I referenced it on my blog: My plan for 2008 – 2009

One thing that I had yet to do for this upcoming school year was to “write a plan”. Thanks for reminding me to do so.

angelesb August 5, 2008 - 5:37 pm

I’ve read this information before in your blog and used some ideas in my own class. Thanks for sharing again for the beginning of the school year. I’ll it :-)

Linda August 5, 2008 - 5:49 pm

I am a first time reader and I wanted to say your tips for first of the year starting up your class are great. Thanks!

Anonymous August 5, 2008 - 7:43 pm

I started off last school year with free school folders from this outfit and it really helped get my class organized. Each student had their own homework folder. They’re a blessing if you have to work with disadvantaged students.

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