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When You are Hired Mid-Year: How to Prepare for Your First Classroom

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Recently, this topic came up inside my private Beginning Teacher Talk Facebook group, when one of my members posted about being a new teacher who is starting in January.

Starting mid-year can pose special challenges, especially this year when our education system is so up in the air with everything that is going on with Covid, so this episode is dedicated to Katie and to all of you new teachers who need to set up your classroom and get started mid-year.

Inside this episode, you will learn:

  • Six essential steps to take between now and your first day of teaching in January to set yourself up for success.
  • What to do (and what not to do) if you find yourself wading through the last teacher's clutter inside your new classroom.
  • Seven staples I recommend you scoop up to help your classroom run smoothly and effectively.
  • Nine questions to ask your grade level team so you don't unnecessarily go into overwhelm (and save yourself a ton of work and stress).
  • What to ask your principal to save you time and money before you start buying resources and materials.
  • Three steps you need to take to get your classroom management plan up and running efficiently.
  • How to get parents on board from the start and maintain effective communication throughout the year.

It's a juicy episode filled with tons of valuable content, so grab your pencil and paper and get ready to grab all the info you need so you can feel confident setting up your first classroom - even if it's in the middle of the year. 

Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Farmhouse Chic Classroom Decor Resources (Most are Editable):

Chalkboard Brights Classroom Decor Resources (Most are Editable)

 Planning and Student Data Resources:

Teaching Online Rules & Classroom Management Resources:


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I hope you have a fabulous week, and remember: just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one!

💛 Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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