It’s that time again… Break is over, and it is time to head back to school. Before we head back, I just wanted to give you a few tips to make the transition a bit easier for you and your students!
TIP 1: DON’T ASK YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT THEIR BREAK
I know this sounds strange but hear me out. Some of our students might not have the best home lives, which makes being home on breaks tough for them. They might prefer school over home. Asking them about their break and about “all of the fun things” that they did over break might be anxiety provoking for them.
Instead of asking about their break try asking them how they feel about coming back to school and what they are looking forward to.
TIP 2: REVIEW ROUTINES AND PROCEDURES
Treat the first few days/weeks back like it is the beginning of the school year. As much as we would like them to, our students will not remember all the routines and procedures that we worked so hard on in the beginning of the school year. It is time for a REFRESH!!
TIP 3: REVIEW MATERIAL
Just like our students won’t remember our routines and procedures, they will not remember all the material we taught them. Plan on reviewing material from November/December before jumping into anything new.
TIP 4: BE PATIENT
Chances are that our students don’t want to get back into the routine of school like us. We aren’t looking forward to waking up early and doing work. Neither are they. Be extra patient with them and understand that this transition is very hard for all of them too.
TIP 5: START A NEW SYSTEM
This one is fun!! Start a new classroom management system, reward system, token board, etc. Students respond well to new, shiny things and starting a new system could be just the thing to get them motivated and ready to get to work!!
I hope that you find one or more of these tips helpful. Have an amazing transition back!! WE GOT THIS!!