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Teacher Tuesday: Organization

Hi y’all,

Today’s post is all about organization for the teacher, but depending on what your career is, you might find it interesting as well.

My first step is to find an organization system that works for you. I had seen multiple teacher’s organization systems thanks to a year and half as a TA, student teaching, and subbing across multiple schools.

I was super silly and just thought I could handle the system of putting papers/task cards/tests, etc. all in file folders, labeling them with the skill and that being okay. Well, it definitely wasn’t.

Luckily, I’m actually switching content areas from Math to Language Arts (or that was the plan at the end of the year). Which means, I get a “fresh” start when it comes to organization.

This year, I’m going to be using binders, sheet protectors, and dividers.

I’m going to split my binders into sections based off the standards being taught. Writing and Grammar will be one binder. Then, I will have another for fiction skills, another for non fiction skills, and a student information binder. This way, I can keep track of the important data without looking online.

Task cards are separate and will be in laminated envelopes. This way, the envelopes stay year after year, and are much cheaper compared to photo boxes from Michaels or Walmart. They are easily kept by the table I’m using for small groups, which means I can pick one whenever I need them.

For my lesson plans, I’m going to be using Google Docs again, so I can share them with other teachers/assistants as necessary. I do print these out as well, and keep them in their own binder so I always have a hard copy should someone need it. Plus, it is super easy to look back on in future years when planning.

What is y’alls organization system?

xx,
Lindsey

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Teacher Tuesday: 5 Must Haves for the Classroom

Hi y’all,

So, I’m starting my second year of teaching in August! I’m still teaching 5th grade which I’m excited about.

As I’m starting to plan things out for the new school year, I thought about all the things I really needed and the things I didn’t need.

The items I ended up not necessarily needing:

1. Expo markers in colors. I ended up basically having a chalkboard with special paint on it to make it dry-erase. Colors don’t show up on it!

2. Teacher planner. I’m so glad I did not buy a super expensive planner because I ended up planning using Google Docs. I had an assistant and SPED teacher push into my classroom for part of the year, so this way they could see the plans and know what was going on. I still have a regular planner to write things down in for personal use and to look at when I’m planning, but I don’t write lessons in it or activities.

Must Haves:

1. A place for “my” stuff. I ended up buying a shelving unit from target, and it was a game changer! I also got 5 cubes to put it in. The other cube is for my books and binders, so I didn’t need something to “hide” them. Mine is white so it will go with any future classroom.

2. Personal laminator. Y’all this is a game changer! At my school, I cannot laminate things myself so I often would have to wait. For things I know I’m going to use year after year, I laminate it myself. I bought mine at Target, but you can find them at any mass merchandiser.

3. Pens. Keep a stockpile of your favorite pens. I love both flair and the ink joy ones. I also had them in a place where my students’ could not get to them unless they went behind my “personal space”.

4. A nice pencil sharpener. Get yourself a nice pencil sharpener, and don’t let your students use it to keep it safe. I bought this one during Prime Day last year and love it.

5. A good stapler. I highly underestimated how important a good stapler would be. I bought one from the dollar tree thinking that I wouldn’t use it very much since a lot of our classwork is virtual. Alas, I needed a good stapler, and the one I bought broke after a month. I ended up finding one on Amazon and love it.

Bonus: 6. Good white out. I didn’t buy white out at the beginning of the year, and I wish I had. Our tests have TEI questions (or questions where students can drag and drop answers around the screen). Well, when you print a TEI question, it fills in the answer automatically. White out was a necessity. I ended up buying the tape kind and the regular bottle type. The tape kind has virtually zero dry time which is super helpful.

What are your teacher must haves?

xx,
Lindsey