Summer Challenge: Getting Your Year in Gear


This post originally appeared on the blog School Year Solutions.

Do you feel your head begin to spin when you think about planning for a new school year?

If so, then you’re not alone! There’s just so much to think about when getting ready for a new school year which means it’s easy to get overwhelmed and forget all the details, even when you’ve taught for years. To make matters worse, often all those overwhelming feelings compound and send teachers into a year-long game of playing “catch-up.”

Well, guess what? NOT. THIS. YEAR. FRIEND.

Join Mary Beth from Brain Waves Instruction and Rachael from The Classroom Nook this summer for a FREE power planning session like no other! The “Getting Your Year in Gear” challenge is designed to help you tackle the tasks and activities that will set you up for some MAJOR success this upcoming school year. In this challenge, we will be covering the following themes:
  • Solutions for classroom design – everything from DIY projects to classroom décor themes – to help you create a classroom that is going to WOW your students!
  • Solutions to solve your biggest organizing and inventory challenges – We’ll get you started on organizing tasks that will improve your classroom!
  • Solutions for planning ahead so that you can relax later. We’re big fans of prepping for things like back to school activities, classroom routines, books, and even student birthdays during the summer to save your sanity during the school year!
  • Solutions for creating an amazing classroom community that translates into an amazing year. We’ve got ideas for connecting with parents and students to set up your classroom for success!

What’s included in the challenge?

When you sign up for the “Getting Your Year in Gear” challenge, you’ll have access to a special website loaded with each course, exclusive resources, inspirational ideas, instant freebies, and even a community of other go-getter teachers, just like you!  
These resources include:
  • 4 downloadable interactive guides loaded with links, ideas, tips, and more related to each theme within the course!
  • Video tutorials to help you every step of the way!
  • Exclusive Freebies that will give you a head start with each challenge!
  • Printable resources including planners, checklists, shopping lists, and more!
  • Access to our private Facebook group where we will share pictures, stories, and words of encouragement during the weeks of the challenge.
  • Two personal cheerleaders (Mary Beth & Rachael!) to cheer you on every step of the way!

Who is this FREE challenge right for?

The Getting Your Year in Gear challenge is designed for teachers working in grades 3-8. The resources, tips, and strategies that we share inside the challenge are geared toward upper elementary and middle school students. New teachers and experienced teachers alike benefit from this challenge.

When does the challenge start?

You can begin the challenge any time you’d like!

Since this is a self-paced challenge, we encourage you to get started whenever you are ready! We’ve outlined a 30-Day calendar to help keep you on track, but if you need to go slower (or faster), that works too!

We’ve been there. Teaching is tough enough without having to prep for a new school year. Even if you’re heading into your 10th+ year of teaching, there’s always that “Where do I begin?” thought that goes through your mind when you walk into that empty classroom before the school year begins.
We’re here to help! This year, when it’s back to school time, we want you to sit back with your feet up on the night before school starts knowing you’re ready.


So what are you waiting for? Let’s “Get Your Year in Gear!” Click the link to sign up! Then, we’ll send you all the details on how to get started!

Click below to sign up!
And if you’re still not sure if you want to get your year in gear with us… just look at what teachers have said about the challenge.

We’re so excited about helping you get your year in gear! Let’s do this!
Rachael and Mary Beth
P.S. Know a teacher who works with grades 3-8? Be sure to tell them about this fun challenge! Just send them this link:
The Classroom Nook: Teacher-Author on TpT

Rachael Parlett from The Classroom Nook has been an educator and Teacher-Author for over 10 years, spending her time teaching 3rd and 4th grades. Creating engaging resources for students that help make teachers’ live easier has become a passion and mission for Rachael. She now focuses on creating classroom resources that meet the needs of 21st century teaching. Stop by her TpT store, check out her blog, or visit her on Facebook or Instagram

Brain Waves Instruction: Teacher-Author on TpTMary Beth from Brain Waves Instruction has spent over 10 years enthusiastically teaching middle school English Language Arts. She’s also taught internationally in Belize, England, and Africa.  She’s an active curriculum writer, occasional decorator, and sometimes-frazzled mother (to two fun and rowdy boys). She’s passionate about making teaching AND learning more fun! Find tips, tricks, and tons of ideas at her TpT store or follow her on Facebook, or her blog.