Get Off to a Smart Start
Teachers share the best tips, strategies, and shortcuts for starting the new school year.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Use the resources below to set up your classroom, engage students on the first day, and build a strong classroom community. Plus, real teachers share their best tips, strategies, and shortcuts for organizing your classroom, maintaining control through creative classroom management, and collecting classroom supplies. Start the school year right and keep the good vibes going all the way to summer!
Resources to Get Organized
These helpful checklists and suggestions from real teachers will spark ideas for starting the year right.
These 10 teacher-tested ideas use the creativity of students to make the classroom pop with color and originality.
Only have a few days to set up your classroom? Use these ideas to help prioritize your tasks and organize your time.
Veteran teacher offers tips for new teachers preparing for the first day of school. This checklist will help first year teachers set up the classroom and have activities ready for opening day.
Proven Strategies from Real Teachers
Teachers share their techniques for maintaining control and order in the classroom that you can implement from day one and keep up with throughout the year
Make your incoming students feel at home through icebreakers and get-to-know-you activities.
Five easy steps to help you organize class materials, class tools, and student work.
Suggestions for planning a successful classroom layout
Primary- and intermediate-level teachers offer exciting suggestions for first-day-of-school lesson planning.
Tools and Reproducibles
Rearrange your room without moving a chair! Class Set-Up Tool is an easy-to-use, virtual layout tool that helps you design customized and effective classrooms to promote learning. Set up mock classrooms and map out virtual seating charts.
Use this template to make sure you have everything you need to start the year right.