Our first day back tomorrow is mostly classroom time. I have a few meetings throughout the day and then I get time to work on whatever I need before kids get here next week.
It's important to have a solid back to school routine to start the year off successfully. This goes for both students and teachers.
Having a well thought out classroom is essential. I have a few tips. Label everything. Imagine every kid asking you "Where does this go?" ...especially in my science classroom. I make sure to have all my new supplies properly stowed and labeled so the class remains orderly for the school year.
Have some clearly established systems in your classroom that detail how things work. Know what your tests, quizzes and assignments are all worth and be up front about it. Have a routine for things like absent work, grading, classroom management and stick to it. Don't pick a system that is too complex - you'll just end up hating it. The key is always to be as consistent as possible, so get some systems you can work with for those common classroom occurrences.
Once you get past the first day "getting to know you" routine it's important to have good content. That's what I'm working on right now - I'll let you know how it goes.