1.) It is so important to take care of yourself. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, eat healthy, and relax! I know that is so hard to do, but It makes a big difference. I have learned the hard way that I am not the best teacher if I don't make sure to take care of me especially during those first few busy days!
2.) Set limits for yourself, this goes along with number one but it's essential that you balance out work and home. I have two children when they were younger I made sure I was home by 4:00 so that I could spend time with them, I would get up early and go to school to finish things but I didn't stay really late. I could have but I had to tell myself it wasn't worth it to miss out with my own children doing more work at school. I still find this one of the hardest things for me to do! Don't feel bad if you don't stay as late as everyone else or you don't get there as early as someone else either. Do your best, but set limits it will help you be a better teacher too!
3.) Be flexible. When I start the year I always talk with the teachers I am working with to get their classroom schedules. I am really lucky at my current school we got emails this summer with schedules already planned out for everyone so it was easy for me to see when I could work with my students. However I know that within the first few weeks of school it is open to changes and sometimes even after that. You have to go with what works best for students and sometimes it's not easy to get everything into the schedule.
4.) Keep everything in one place! I have a teacher binder where I keep all important information. My calendar, lesson plans, data collection, student information and IEPs all in one place so if I need to take it home it's easy to do and when someone wants to know something I know exactly where I can find it! You can read more about how I organize my binder and get free binder/calendar sets on my blog!
5.) Get to know your students and plan for them specifically. Every year I fall into the trap of trying to do too much at one time. Students with disabilities need small steps and can be overwhelmed with all they need to learn already. I try my best to focus on one math and one reading skill at a time and once they are mastered work on combing another skill with the first one. Each of my student has their own data binder and they work at their own pace even when lessons are done in small group.We take time to set personal goals and find out how we learn best. It takes extra time to plan but it is what my students need so I do it! It takes time out of regular lessons at the beginning of the year but it is well worth it!
I hope you found these tips useful, and you all have a great start to the new school year!