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With August rolling around and school about to start again, how do you prepare for getting back into the flow of things? I already started setting my alarms early to get my sleep schedule back on track!

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Enjoying every last second of summer break before I go back.

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Should be but I am not. I go back this coming Monday. I'll get it done, but for right now not even wanting to think about it.

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I waffle between ignoring it and getting a sleep schedule lined up.

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Getting up earlier (working the alarm back towards my school year time), spending at least the mornings prepping ( first general course outlines for the year, then day by day pacing for the quarter, and then actual lesson materials for the first week. I hold off on syllabi because admin always changes something impacting them when we actually get on campus), and making sure all my laundry is done and I have a plan for food that first week or two.

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Try to fall back into a sleep routine. Slowly begin updating small, but essentials things like my Google classroom, my ClassDojo / Remind, my website, etc… I schedule emails to go out to parents about things kids need for back to school. Those are just a few. If I have the opportunity, I’d even try to do those things before the end of the school year so people have the summer to trickle in.

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I’m not thinking about it till the kids are waiting outside my classroom door to get in on day #1.

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I start back nectar Monday, but I'm going to my classroom each day this week to sort junk, clean, and decorate. Yes, gotta get up at a decent hour again.

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Wow, you start early. We just finished summer school.

I’m not. My last day of summer school was the 22nd. 😂

This year is unusual. Teachers are back on August 30th (I usually go in before the first mandated day, to photocopy or prepare materials for labs and demonstrations). The students are in for 3 days: 8/31-9/2 Then we have off 6 days: Labor Day Weekend + the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. No matter how well I feel that I've prepared for that first day back, I always have trouble sleeping the night before. It is my least favorite day of the school year. The students are quiet, almost catatonic from listening to all of their teachers listing course expectations, policies and syllabi. I save this stuff for the 2nd or 3rd day of class. I view this as a necessary, but dreadful chore. For the first day I prep a demonstration for my chemistry students to get them actively thinking. I use an ice breaker for my elective science and AP science students.

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Denial. 🙈 PD & work days start on Monday and since I only sleep 3 hours a night anyway I’m not going to alter my schedule before I absolutely have to… which is 8/11 because our first day for students is 8/12. Now, with my mom hat on, my kids will start Sunday night getting back onto their school sleep schedule… I’ll move bedtimes up 30 minutes the first week and then another 15 the following week. 

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