Back to School Tips and Ideas…lots of them!

Teacher Wisdom

It’s that time of year again. You know, when Target starts loading their shelves with notebooks and crayons. I hope you have enjoyed your summer and find yourself refreshed and re-energized for your new set of kids who you will undoubtedly meet soon!

I thought I would make your planning a little easier for you by sharing some of my favorite back to school tips and ideas. I know you have a ton of things to do to prepare, so I thought I’d keep it short and sweet with a fun theme: something old, something, new, something borrowed, and something true…and all ideas you can use for back to school!

Something Old

Cube of Fortune

Cube of Fortune: This is one of my favorite “older” posts. Since it’s back to school time, you’re probably thinking about classroom management. I used the “Cube of Fortune” in my class as a reward that didn’t require me spending $ on cheap-o prizes or candy. Read more about it here: Cube of Fortune

Something New

back to school tip

I can’t remember where I heard this, it wasn’t from my own brain, but I always heeded this advice. Students want to know that there is room for them in your classroom. It’s ok if you don’t have every bulletin board perfectly decorated. Bright happy colors make students feel welcome, even if the boards are blank.

Something Borrowed

peanut-butter-jelly-partner-tags Teach a RooPeanut Butter and Jellly Tags from Teach a Roo: I saw these on Pinterest and fell in love. This is a fun way to group students. For teamwork, you could say, “Now work with your PBJ partner.” There are different colors, too, so you can have color groups, peanut butter jelly partners, numbers groups, number partners, the possibilities are endless!

Click the picture to visit the post, where you’ll find other great ideas, and click here to visit her TpT store to download the tags for free!

Something True

And last, I will leave you with something true from one of my favorite classroom management gurus, Harry Wong. I always re-read The First Days of School before the start of every school year.



I hope you found some ideas you can use here! Some of my favorite teacher bloggers are linking up with me to share their wonderful ideas the same way. Check out the link up below! Visit their blogs, and I hope you find lots of good ideas to get you excited and motivated for this new school year.


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Happy Back to School!


PS…Love this? We’ll be linking up on the first day of every month to bring you a collection of ideas on different topics throughout the year. Be sure to follow my blog via email so I can remind you to check it out!

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