Transitioning from Summer Mode to School Mode



Summer is drawing to a close and the shift back into the school year has the potential to be a wild ride. As a former teacher, I used to spend August balancing the excitement that came with new school year beginnings and the denial that summer was ending. Each year I would scramble to fit in a few final professional development opportunities while also squeezing in every ounce of vacation possible. Finding the right balance in August can be a delicate matter—luckily, ASCD is here to help.

Each day next week we’ll be celebrating Back to School Week on Inservice! Every day we’ll be posting topics sure to send you into the new school year on the right track. So, add us to your RSS reader, pin us to your Pinterest board, save us to your favorite tweets—whatever you need to do in order to keep checking back with us next week!

Until then, I’ve pulled some of our favorite posts from this summer for you to revisit—they remain relevant even now.

Despite It All: Fighting for What Is Good for the Kids

Dr. Gene R. Carter, ASCD Executive Director and CEO, reminds us that no matter what hat we wear, we need to continue to fight for what is good for the kids.

Growing with the Common Core State Standards

Sherida Britt, director for Tools for Teachers at ASCD, asks you to consider how you plan to grow professionally along with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Watch What You Say—To Yourself

Jack Singer, clinical psychologist and author of “Seven Super Strategies for Success over Stress,” which appears in the summer digital-only issue of Educational Leadership, explains why we need to combat negative self-talk and how doing so reduces stress.

How Do I Prepare My Students for the Real World?

Veteran school leader and popular Educational Leadership columnist Thomas R. Hoerr shares an excerpt from his forthcoming short-format ASCD AriasTM publication Fostering Grit.

There Will Be Brutal

Dan Brown, author of The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Blackboard Jungle, shares wisdom from his article (“Before the Deluge: Planning Tips for New Teachers”) in the digital-only summer issue of Educational Leadership.

The school bell will be sounding soon enough, so let’s begin preparing now! What will you be doing to transition smoothly back into the school year this month?