1. Get your discipline plan organized. One of the worst things you can do is try to wing it and try to figure out what you are doing on the fly. Know your rules and consequences well before you start.
2. Have an outline for the year for your classes, and try to keep plans ready at least one week ahead. A huge cause of stress for teachers when they plan one day at a time(or even one class at a time!)
3. Mingle a little with your fellow teachers. This job is a lot worse when you have to deal with it on your own.
4. Make a seating chart—and stick with it! I always like to have students in alphabetical order so that their papers are easier to enter into the grade book. Also, moving a student’s seating arrangement for disciplinary reasons shows weakness.
5. Have a good grading system established. If you don’t have one, ask somebody.
6. Pray. You never know when a little divine intervention might be needed.
Good luck to everyone who is starting a new school year soon!
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