Sunburns, cookouts, and reading lists mean one thing – summer is in full swing. While teachers are enjoying their much deserved time off, they also can utilize this time to prep for the school year that is rapidly approaching. Schools in states like South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee are headed back to school the third week in August, but teachers still have plenty of time to prepare for the year ahead using professional development tools.
While professional development can be costly, it doesn’t need to be. Free tools, such as the Back-to-School Monthly Planning Guide, can allow educators to prepare with customized checklists that streamline planning for occupational therapists (OTs), families, and educators alike. The guide offers a checklist for each month along with suggested resources that can be used throughout the year to help educators reduce stress and increase productivity.
“Learning should be fun, engaging, and interactive. Planning for it should not be stressful, either,” said Learning Without Tears’ Barbara Bernard. “Teachers and administrators have a great deal on their plates today. Our goal is to help them stay organized, so they can put their efforts into their students.”
The developers of the program, all of whom are former teachers, lay out goals for each month, such as setting up a curriculum in July and setting up the classroom in August. They also provide detailed information about each step that needs to be accomplished to help educators focus on their classrooms rather than the stress that can accompany planning and implementing a rich, solid classroom learning plan. The Back-to-School Monthly Planning Guide makes it easy for educators in any role or grade level to implement by providing professional development resources for areas that include handwriting and keyboarding.
“You teach with confidence when you know you’ve done your homework,” Bernard added. “This planning guide is aimed at helping teachers feel prepared and building confidence in teachers, so they can in turn, build confidence in their students.”
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