Monday, January 9, 2017

5 Part Series: Getting Organized For Next Year...Now - Part 1 - What Works and What Doesn't

I hate to say it, but you need to start getting organized for next year, now, not in August.  You should be able to walk out of your classroom at the end of the school year and feel prepared for next year, rather than overwhelmed.  Over the next few posts I will describe how I prepare for next year.  
First up, is creating a list of what works and what doesn't.  Just the other day I found a mistake on a word work paper and jotted it down so that I remember to make the correction for next year.  I recommend printing off these sheets and keeping them with your grade book.  

I don't use a grade book because (1) I don't want to write their names 20 times. (2) I don't really have to keep track of grades as much as I do skills. (3) I don't want to write the skills every year. (More on my grade sheets/skills sheets in another post.)

For now, take the first step and print these sheets and make sure to write down anything you think of right away.  There is one for each major subject area and a blank one at the end that you can write in your own if there is one I missed.

The columns are for:
Lesson: the unit and specific lesson so that you remember
Mistakes: anything you need to fix
Eliminate:  things you want to eliminate for next time
Special Notes: manipulatives you need, things to add, etc.

Don't feel the need to make notes for every lesson, just the ones that you need to change.

I do not want you to think that you need to have a "cookie cutter" method of teaching.  I know our kiddos aren't robots, but your same basic schedule happens throughout the year, and if you can streamline it, you can save yourself hours of unorganized chaos.  If you always teach polar bears and penguins in January, why not write it down?  It's one less thing you have to lay awake at night trying to remember.




Saturday, January 7, 2017

Target Teacher Deals Starting 1/8/17


Raise your hand if your closet is slightly less than organized.  Raise your hand if you are suddenly out of glue sticks!

This is the time of year where your kiddos are finally a little more independent and you can actually think about how you want your closet to be organized, what you want to change for next year, what supplies you need to add or delete from the supply list, etc.

Target has a few deals for teachers this week that might help you out.

Remember these deals start Sunday, January 8th so the prices online won't match until then.

Sterilite 20 Gallon Latching Totes
$5.99

Sterilite 66 quart Clearview Latching Totes
$5.99

Sterilite 66 quart Clearview Latching Totes
$5.99

Room Essentials 3-Shelf Bookcase (Black)
$15

School Supplies
Buy 1, Get 1 25% off
There are many of our favorite brands in the ad such as Crayola, Elmer's, and Paper Mate.



HP 61 Ink Cartridge Twin Pack - Black (CZ073FN#140)
HP Ink
Buy 1, Get 1 40% off
For those of you that aren't involved in HP's Instant Ink program.



Logitech Wireless Mouse
$12.99