7 Tips for a Stress-Free Back to School

Learn how to get organized, reduce stress, and set yourself and your students up for a successful post-pandemic back to school.

It’s fair to say that this year’s back to school is unlike any other. Whether you’re a teacher or a parent with students heading back to the classroom, studying online, or a combination of both, we’ve curated practical tips and tools to help you make this back-to-school season organized, hopeful, and the easiest transition possible.

1. Plan a week ahead.

Professor Nora Alva, Ph.D., recommends using a lesson planner to help you plan the upcoming week every Sunday. Planning ahead with an organization tool designed for educators, tutors, and homeschooling parents will help keep you organized, reduce stress for you and your students, and give everyone a better handle on what the week has in store.

The tool Dr. Alva recommends is the Teacher Lesson Planner, which is perfect for ensuring the kids get the most out of every lesson. Explore our full Teacher Lesson Planner collection (in English and Spanish)!

2. Incorporate some of the school schedule into your at-home routine.

Middle school teacher, Ms. Gray, recommends creating a weekday schedule at home that’s similar to the school day. This helps students have a consistent routine—if they’re learning remotely or are on a hybrid learning schedule—and a smooth transition back to the classroom.

3. Give students the tools they need to succeed.

Set students up for success, whether they’re returning to school sooner or later, with custom organization tools that help reduce screen fatigue, help them manage stress and make staying organized easier, more fun and effective.

Did you know that writing things down in a paper planner can help students (and all of us!) improve learning, memory & productivity? (NYT)

For older students, help them organize their classes, assignments, projects, exams and more with a planner they’ll actually use and enjoy. Help them pick out and personalize an Academic Planner that reflects their favorite colors, designs, and caters to how their brain works. Explore new Academic Planners here (now available in Spanish).

For elementary school kids, help teach them the basics of time management, keeping a reading log and checking off to-do lists with a starter Kids Planner. The engaging activities, stickers, and confidence-building “about me” sections help entertain kids while introducing them to early concepts of keeping a routine, using a calendar, and more.

4. Get the whole family organized and motivated for a better, brighter back to school.

Back to school is not just for kids! You can get in on the action too by setting up your workspace with new desk accessories that inspire productivity while they organize their backpack and study area!

5. Practice the new back-to-school routine before school starts.

Ease students (and yourself!) back into a post-pandemic school schedule by practicing one to two weeks before. Use the school schedule to make a practice weekday schedule that includes getting up at the same time, having lunch at the same time, and going to bed at the same time. Use a weekly planner or weekly schedule pad to make it happen. Once you find the right rhythm, try adding pick-up and drop-off times and recess breaks for youngers kids, and so on.

6. Be patient with yourself and your kids or students.

This year, we all have a lot of adjusting to do! Give yourself and your students or kids the time (and grace) you need to cope with all the changes, work out the kinks, and fully transition. And, above all, stay flexible and expect not everything may go as planned.

7. Manage stress by having a plan.

One of the best ways to manage stress and prepare for the unexpected is to write down a plan. This makes it easier to be resilient and adjust your plans, not your goals, when life throws you a curveball. That way, no matter what the new school year brings, you and your students will be prepared.

Get the tools you need to make this the best school year yet!