Tips on starting the school year

I'm heading out for last minute R&R before school starts, but I have been reviewing my notes to myself last year about how to start the school year off right. I thought you might want to read them too (especially if you're a newcomer to this blog.)

Starting the School Year off Right: Part 1 — Set the Pace
Starting the School Year off Right: Part 2 — Establish the Flow
Starting the School Year off Right: Part 3 — Create the Plan

One of the main reasons that I blog is that I am continually writing lists and giving myself notes. This year when I wanted to find my checklist for starting school, I just searched my own blog.

It is not about being center stage, it is about being practical, publishing electronically so we can find things. That is really why I started, making notes to myself as I started creating a wiki page.

You only have one chance to have a good first day of school, make it count and start well!

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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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Theda Rudd August 1, 2007 - 1:10 pm

“This morning I read some great reminders about starting the school year off right at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog. I have about four educational technology blogs that I am currently reading. They are listed on this page. I LOVE my real life teacher friends, but I am also really diggin’ reading blogs from teachers in other places.”

Stephanie Sandifer August 3, 2007 - 2:16 pm

Hi Vicki!

Just letting know you that you’ve been tagged:


Amy in Savannah, GA August 3, 2007 - 6:49 pm

I really enjoyed reading your tips on starting a new school year off right! I’m not necessarily a new teacher, but not a veteran either. This will be my 9th year teaching middle school. I love hearing other ideas, because all great teachers believe in “borrowing” so they don’t have to reinvent the wheel, right?! I hope to use some of your strategies this year. So, thanks a million!

Amy Hughes-Terry August 6, 2007 - 3:49 pm

This my first experience with a blog! I am learning about them in my Master’s courses. I enjoyed your article on “starting the school year.” It was informative, even for a veteran teacher like myself Thanks,

Victoria August 6, 2007 - 1:44 pm

Thank you for re-posting this. I came across the original a while ago and have found it really helpful in preparing for the first few days in my new school. I have shared your words of wisdom with some of my fellow new teachers, im sure they will appreciate the advice too. Thanks

Cheri August 7, 2007 - 2:50 am

Hi Vicki,

Check my blog ( – you’ve been tagged. Just read the directions at the top of the post.

Have fun,

Roger Distill August 7, 2007 - 10:51 am

Sorry, Vicki, you may not wish to do this – you’ve been tagged :

First, the Rules:
1) Post these rules before you give your facts.
2) List 8 random facts about yourself.
3) At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them.
4) Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged.

VWB August 8, 2007 - 4:05 am

Have passed this on to the newest teacher in my family as “words to the wise!”

Loved the idea of the “get to know the textbook” activity on the first day!

Have also strongly hinted that she read you often!

and I have gently urged her to blog this new adventure…we will see! I hope she will

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