Now, I am no veteran teacher (I'm only going into my fourth year), but I do remember how tough it can be. So I feel like I still have some valuable information from that perspective.
- Use fabric for your bulletin boards and leave it up at the end of the year. I've heard that some people use twin bed sheets, but you need to iron it before putting it up. I bought 4 yards of fabric, tacked it up to make sure it was even, and then stapled it down. It still looks fabulous a year later.
- Surround yourself with positive people, even if they are in another grade level. Sit near them at staff meetings, lunch, and pep rallies. Don't be afraid to politely excuse yourself if conversations become negative and you're not required to be there.
- Make 5 extra copies of class worksheets. Someone will always lose one, and five is enough to cover that.
- Recycle those extra copies once you're done with them. They usually end up as clutter if you don't. Keep one copy for next year if you don't have a digital copy. On that note...
- Try to make everything digital. Then you won't have to worry about making extra copies because you can just print one out when you need one.
- Force yourself to take a break. You need at least one or two days a week on which you do nothing related to school after you leave school. On those days, you need to leave at a reasonable time, too. This might seem counter-productive, but your body and mind need a break to work at full capacity. When you're tired and stressed, it will take you twice as long to get things done.