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Back to School Basics, Week 2


Happy Tuesday! Today is Week #2 of a summer blog series called, Back to School Basics. It's easy for August to sneak up on you and stress you out big time! This summer I want to help you be ready without sacrificing any of your precious summer! Each week I will give you a tiny task to accomplish and some resources to do it! If you are just joining us, be sure to check out Week #1. if not, let't jump right in! 


This week's task is to start your Back to School Game Plan with a list!
Santa knows what he is doing by making a list and I'll admit it. I am a compulsive list maker. The notes app on my phone is full of all sort of random lists that make zero sense to anyone but me. But lists save my sanity! If i write it down, I don't have to worry about remembering it anymore! Here are the three lists I want you to make:

You can grab this printable for free HERE. I suggest printing it on bright paper (like this) and clipping it in your planner or somewhere so you can easily jot down things as you think of them!

SHOP: What things do you need to buy for your classroom or to start the new school year? By thinking about these things in advance, you can start looking for good deals! Remember that you don't have to shop for all of these things yourself either! Some of them can be added to your classroom wish list which we will tackle another week! Here are some things on my SHOP list:



If you are going to be spending your own money, be sure to keep track of your spending and receipts! You can grab my teacher spending log HERE. 

MAKE: What things do you need to make for your classroom? Please keep in mind that I'm not telling you to do all of these things right now! I'm just telling you to write them down so they are on your radar. Here are some things on my MAKE list:


  • Back to School forms 
  • Weekly newsletter template 
  • Teacher binder 
  • Peanut butter jelly partner board
  • Emergency sub plans 
  • Math tub labels


Don't worry! We will actually be making some of these things in the upcoming weeks! So stay with us!

TO DO: What tasks do you need to accomplish to make your school year successful? For example, my district has some online PD that I have to complete before September. This would be an easy thing for me to do sometime over the summer so that I don't have to worry about doing it when things get crazy in August! Here are some other things on my TO DO list:


  • Clean out teacher binder
  • Organize Google Drive
  • Update classroom Facebook page

What are you waiting for? Get your list on! 
See you next Tuesday! : )

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