I’m excited to be joining some of my favorite upper elementary teacher bloggers who have put together a Teacher’s Back to School Survival Guide with some of our best tips!
Most schools have a handbook of guidelines and district policies, but have you ever thought of creating a handbook just for YOUR classroom?
My back to school survival tip is to take a little time now to create a class handbook that rocks! It’s easier than you think, especially with the tips and samples I’m including in this post. A class handbook is a fantastic way to communicate your classroom policies right from the beginning of the year. It also sends a message to parents that you care enough to keep parent informed. When you make it attractive and thorough, it shows that take pride in your role as an educator.
Have you ever had parents tell you during a conference that they didn’t know their child would lose credit on late assignments or that they needed to sign their child’s daily reading log? If you sent home a handbook during the first week of school with information about that policy, you can politely direct the parent to that handbook.
Creating a handbook also forces you to think through ALL of your classroom policies in a logical way. There’s something about explaining your policies in writing that makes you examine them more closely. Finally, a class handbook is a real time-saver when you get a new student. It’s a nice way to welcome the child and to help him or her feel more comfortable about your expectations.
You might want to include the items below in your handbook. If the list seems overwhelming, include only the most essential information now and update your handbook next year.
Click to download a PDF sample of my class handbook pages. You can’t edit it, but it will give you some ideas for what to include.
Consider these tips in mind if you’re just getting started:
I hope you found these class handbook tips to be helpful. Creating a handbook that rocks will save you time later in the year and will pave the way for student success in your classroom. What do you plan to include in YOUR handbook?If you’re short on time, check out my newest teaching resource, a collection of editable files that make it easy to create your own class handbook. Click the image below or this link to take a closer look at Create Your Own Class Handbook. You’ll be able to preview all the handbook pages and cover designs from that page.
For more information about how to create a class handbook, listen to Episode 3 of my Inspired Teaching Made Easy podcast below.
To visit all the blogs participating in this event, click on the logos in the link up at the bottom of this page to visit each blog. By the way, I’d like give a big shout out to Kristen of Ladybug’s Teacher Files who designed the awesome logos for our blog hop! She is so talented!