Back to School Tips

 

I’m so excited that you’re joining us for this Back to School Tips Blog Hop!

 

Since I know you’re hopping through several blogs, I’ll try to make mine short and sweet!

 

My tip is a little unconventional in that it doesn’t have anything to do with classroom management, classroom organization, parent communication, or anything like that. This tip is all about you – and creating a routine that helps you keep your sanity throughout the whole year so that you can keep up with all those other things – and you kids too!

 

I know that when the back to school season hits, it’s easy to try and just power through the day – doing everything in your power to simply make a dent in your mile-long to-do list. The list of things you need to get done seems to be being added to faster than you can check items off, and the absolute last thing you think you can do is take a break for yourself.

 

But I’ve learned that this often leaves you more overwhelmed and exhausted than if you had taken some time to recharge.

 

For me, the thing that helps to keep me going is getting regular exercise and eating healthy. I know, I know. When you’ve got meetings to attend, parent nights to host, and students gathered around you all day, getting all hot and sweaty might not sound all that appealing (you mean I need to shower and completely re-do my hair and make-up before going back out?)

 

But building this into my regular routine has made such an incredible difference. Not only does the regular exercise help me to keep up with the boundless energy of these little ones, but it’s an incredible stress-reliever and I think I get some of my best ideas when I’m in the middle of a run or pushing it on the elliptical at the gym.

 

In short, my tip is to take some time at least 4 days a week to carve out some time for some exercise, healthy meal planning, and simple downtime (no, I don’t mean sitting and grading papers!) You will truly be amazed at how much this change can affect your entire school year! I know it’s hard – but I also know it’s worth it!

 

And this year I have teamed up with my friend Kayla from Sweetest Teacher to host the Teacher Fitness Challenge on Instagram. Each week we share a different challenge related to exercise, nutrition, or hydration – and we try to get as many teachers on board as possible! It has been so fun seeing how different teachers have been using these challenges for motivation – and to get their peers in on the action! We’d love to have you join us! Just follow us on Instagram for all the latest challenges!

 

Now, if you’re looking for tips for classroom management, you can check out my 7 Tips for Successful Classroom Management HERE.

 

Now you can hop on over to A Grace-Filled Classroom to read Laura’s tips on creating a growth mindset classroom. (Psst…she has a freebie for you!)

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Tory
    August 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Eating healthy is a must, thank you for reminder. Also drinking water which is a real struggle for me.

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      Ashley
      August 29, 2017 at 1:39 am

      Yes, getting all the water in can be a challenge – especially if you’re in the classroom and only have certain bathroom breaks!

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    karen
    August 29, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Wow, I’m impressed that you redo all your make-up, hair & everything & go back out into the world again. The either exercise before I go out for the day or it’s the last thing I do before going home. I’m too LAZY for all that jazz. But GOOD 4 U!!! Good luck with your work out routine. 🙂

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      Ashley
      August 29, 2017 at 1:40 am

      Ha! I don’t always re-do everything. But if I actually have to lead something or converse with a bunch of people, I do. Thanks! Good luck to you too!

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    christina purvis
    August 29, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Meal planning is how I survive the beginning of the year. It would be so easy to just eat a candy or two at our plan meetings, but if I brought my own healthier snack, I wasn’t tempted. I still struggle drinking enough water though.

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    Kristi Zonnefeld
    August 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I try to exercise and eat healthy snacks at school.

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