Monday, July 27, 2015

My Best Back to School Tip Linky Party

Hi all! I'm linking up with Christina at Hanging Around in Primary and Katie at Pop Into Primary for a Back to School Linky.

I hope I'm not veering too far off course when I say that my tip is more of a whole year thing, but is definitely something you'll want to start at the beginning of the year to make it a habit.

Last year, I struggled big time with balance. I felt like I was just getting by at work and at home. I wanted to be the best at both and that just wasn't happening. I was drowning in work.

My tip is to use your preps wisely. I understand that there's a need for socialization and camaraderie with other teachers. Our job is tough. We need support. But I find that often devolves into social hour or, for me, a venting session. That may make me feel better in the moment, but ultimately doesn't make me a better teacher or wife.

So, my advice is to use your preps to grade, copy, or plan and make plans to meet with your positive colleagues outside of work. Or use your preps to visit their classrooms while they're teaching to get ideas to become a better teacher. With Option A, you'll bring less work home and with Option B, you'll be bettering yourself professionally.

Both options serve a purpose and they'll both help you find a little balance.

What is your Best Back to School Tip?


  1. It is SO easy to be social during prep time! I am very often guilty of it... some days you just need that break lol. That being said, it is important that you bring this up- great tip :)
    ~Teacher Mother Wife= Life

  2. It's so hard to find that balance. Thanks for the tip!
    Always Kindergarten

  3. Hi Dawn,
    Your tip is so practical. We stopped by as part of the #littlefishteacherblogger and it was mostly because we love your blog name. We teach grade 4/5 up here in Canada.

    Your tip is so practical. We often lock the door and turn off the lights so we can get work done. It can be so difficult to balance that team spirit but getting work done. Thanks for sharing!

    Come stop by and visit us too. :)
    Brain Ninja Notes

  4. Clever blog name! Thanks for the practical tip. This is my 3rd year teaching 3rd grade and it is hard to get in your room - shut the door and plan. This is a great reminder as we begin the school year - thanks for sharing! ToTheEdge

    1. Hi Belinda! Thanks for the compliment and thanks for stopping by! I look forward to following your third grade adventures. :)

  5. I love your blog name! So clever! This is a great tip and one that I need to work on. It is easy to turn prep time into a whole lot of nothing time....I always work best if I stay in my classroom and keep my door closed.

    Thanks for linking up
    Hanging Around In Primary