Beginning of the Year
This is a tip that I heard about from a retired colleague. One of the biggest chores when beginning a new year is decorating our rooms. Instead of planning and doing a welcome back bulletin board yourself before school starts why not have your current class plan and put together the board before they move on to the next grade? The teacher then simply covers the completed board with butcher paper and goes home for the summer with the knowledge that one back to school task is done! I send this now because to really have a nice board for next year - it's a good idea to let students plan and decorate a couple during the year.