The beginning of the school year can be anxiety-producing for educators, staff and
students. It doesn’t matter if you have been working for years—getting ready to return
can be tough. It may be a new school, a new Principal, or teaching a different grade level,
anxiety and anticipation may increase.
Each year is filled with change. The students are new, and bring their own anxieties and
fears to the first day of school! Please know you are not alone. It is common and natural
to experience anxiety before something new. For teachers and students alike, this happens
Here are some tips that may help:
Remind yourself what brought you into this field. Chances are those reasons may bring a
smile to your face and help you feel a bit better.
Prioritize what needs to get done. You will not be able to do everything, so rank what is
most important. It’s probably more important to have your room ready, than to have a
lesson plan for the entire month of September. Having the first week of lesson plans
may be a good idea, though planning too far ahead may distract you from things that
need to be done now.
Figure out your rules and consequences for the classroom before the first day. This will
help you create the role of leader, and create boundaries for the students to follow. Not
establishing this early on will almost guarantee behavior problems in the future.
Take a break and eat with friends. These are the folks who will be your support during
the year. Being with peers may allow you to get some perspective. Staying alone in your
room may be isolating and lonely. If you’re new to the school, leaving your classroom
may be especially difficult, but doing so may be more beneficial in the long run. Bring
something to read to the lunch room if you don’t know anybody.
Remember the EASE office is here to help. We have counselors who can meet with you
in person as difficulties arise. Our # is: 800-882-1341.