We love back-to-school time—we really do. It’s a season where we feel overwhelmingly optimistic about our jobs and the possibilities to come. But between setting up your classroom, meeting a new crop of students (and their parents), and back-to-school night, the anxieties can pile up, too. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 10 things it’s perfectly okay to do in the lead up to the big day.

Hey, it’s the start of the school year, it’s okay to …

1. Have that no-pants-in-school anxiety dream, even though you’re the teacher.

2. Spend hours working on personalized capes for your superhero-themed classroom.

3. Forget the elaborate decor and decide that your classroom theme is learning and kids.

My kind of response.

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Sunday, May 19, 2019

4. Not want to add up how much you’ve spent on books and supplies for your classroom.


5. Really want to share how much you’ve spent with folks who don’t understand teaching.

Teacher Jessica shared these photos with us as she packed up her classroom for summer. Talk about relatable.

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Saturday, June 1, 2019

6. Spend as much time thinking about your first-day outfitas students do.

7. Spend even longer figuring out your first-day read aloud.

8. Prepare for back-to-school night with the same precision as prepping for a military operation.

9. Smile on the first day (or any day after).

10. Really love your job but also be really overwhelmed by this time of year. It will be Thanksgiving break before you know it, promise!

First-day-of-school tired

It was a good day but dang, I'm tired.

Posted by WeAreTeachers on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

What other totally normal back-to-school feelings would you add to the list? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, the back-to-school emotions we all experience.

10 Things It's Okay to Do at the Start of the School Year