Hey! Real quick because I'm off to my last day of workshop week before school starts!
It's been a busy week of meetings, PDs, Open House, and team planning time. And during it (and the whole month of August) I reached a mini-personal TpT milestone that I am so grateful for. To thank all those who helped in that, I'm putting my 4 latests products as FLASH FREEBIES for TODAY ONLY! I only ask that you leave some feedback. :) I hope you are either well on your way into your new year or are ready to start back (after one last holiday weekend of course).
Don't get me wrong... those beautiful planners everyone buys from Erin Condren and what-not are fab... not that I've ever seen one in person, but you all do a fabulous job showing them on on your blogs and Instagrams that I feel like I've owned one before. I honestly just can't justify spending that kind of money (at least, not yet- I may change my tune some day). Lucky for me, my awesome teammate showed me how to create my own planner so that it is completely for me and all my weird quirks and needs. So I'm sharing how I put together my planner and spend less than $15.00 to do so with Tara for...
First, I made all my pages on PowerPoint, including the cover below and I took a trip to Fed Ex Office. There, I bought 5 tab dividers and got it spiral bound complete with frosted covers for extra protection. The tabs were $6.00 and to bind my entire planner (over 70 pages) was less than $7.00. I printed about 98% of the pages at school so that was free of cost to me (it is school related anyway) and I organized all the pages in the order I wanted.
I got the tabs that you could type and print on. They give you like a ton of labels... incase you make a lot of boo-boos I guess haha. Just like with any Avery template, you can download it at their website so it all lines up perfectly.
Then, you just peel and stick them onto the correct tabs.
Now we'll take a little tour through what I've included. I literally bring this thing with me everywhere! This is my cover for this year made using graphics and paper from I Teach, What's your Superpower's store!
I then add lots of calendars- a generic calendar shown below (if this is your work, please let me know so I can direct people your way), my school calendar, our district calendar... you get the idea. Lots of calendars all in one spot.
I also created this page for any other dates that come up (IEP meetings, committee meetings, etc.) that I can record.
On the back of that page, I have the "next year" page. Every year, my team thinks of something and says, "We need to remember that for next year." Well... we always forget. I'm hoping that since I bring this thing everywhere, I'll just record these ideas down and have it for next year!
Then we get to the next section, my lesson planning portion. I plan a little differently than I guess others perhaps. So I'm trying out this layout. On the left it has my week at a glance where I can just write a teaching point or what not. On the right I can then take notes on copies I need to make, other resources I have to get ready, etc. for each of my content areas. I also then have a space to write if I have a duty for that week, to-do lists, and places to write ideas to add to our classroom newsletters or important reminders.
One section that isn't shown is my resource section. That is because it's loaded with district information- our pacing charts, for example. I didn't feel like sharing that info would really be beneficial for you all to see.
Next section is my meeting notes. I simply just write the focus of the meeting and the date. I've got enough spaces for 80+ meetings for the year... let's see if that'll be enough. :)
Last section is my student info section. I mainly just have a few class checklists that I can use to record any data that I might need for particular meetings.
I then I put another piece of card stock and another frosted cover so that it withstands the whole year.
So that is my completely customized planner ready for the new year on the cheap... I'm now ready for the rest of workshop week... 1 week until I get to start my new year with my new 3rd graders!
Well.. it's about 98.4% done. I kept a lot the same from previous years (my color scheme of teal and yellow), but each year I come up with new ideas to make the best use of our space and organization. Here's Where I Teach.
We'll start at the door. The door just needs my little 3rd graders' names in each honeycomb to be considered a done deal!
I have a whiteboard on one side and cupboards on the other. I found an amazing book that I want to kick off the year with that is called How We Are Smart. More on that later.
My "Control Center" still needs a little work. This is where our classroom job pockets are, the attendance/lunch numbers, the lunch menu for the month goes in that plastic sleeve, and a new addition to our board, a Compliment Jar. No fun rewards for this one... just simply a place to track all the compliments we receive from others. I also have our hall passes and our mini-dust pan (which goes with one of our jobs.
Here is a closer view of the How We Are Smart Board. I was inspired by this book:
Why do I love it? Not only does it showcase people from history with different skill sets, it also is multi-cultural. A lot of people featured aren't super well-known, but that is why I like it. I always love to find important people that reflect the cultures of those of my students. I like how this book is laid out because it has a quote from each person, a short poem, and then a quick bio. The vocab is quite advanced for 3rd grade, but I think it'll be a great book to use for read aloud and through my think alouds, I think it'll be worth while. I created these posters and students will get to mark which 'smart' they resonate with most as a reminder that everyone is smart in some capacity.
Moving beyond the door is that ugly folded/moveable wall that I covered with sheets and curtains this year. This is our writing/word work area and in the corner, our classroom library.
These magazine holders hold various papers we need throughout the week.
The labels include extra homework, extra handouts, Friday folders, scrap paper, and return to office. This helps me stay organized but it also is a one stop shop for students when they are in need of some paper they lost, misplaced, whatever the excuse ;).
I snagged this 8 12 x 12 in drawer system half off from Michael's earlier this summer. I'm ready to implement Words their Way fully on my own this year. Previously, each teacher in our grade would take a group (we'd look at all 3rd graders and put them into 4 spelling groups and they would rotate), but this year, I'll have all my own students and will be in charge of implementing it all. I'm actually really excited for it and think this cart will keep me organized. My mini-chart stand is on top.
Next is one of my favorite spots. I took my book cart and turned it into a multi-purpose place.
First is my "Author Ah-Ha." Did you notice the typo... ya.. I didn't until I took the picture. *Face Palm.* It's supposed to say Ah-Ha... like "Eureka! I get it!" That'll be fixed before the kiddos come. Anywho, this is my version of an author's study. We'll focus on techniques author's use in their writing to help with our own writing. Anchor charts will be posted here on the front of this cart.
Then, on this shelf, I'll have mentor texts from our featured author that we've read and for students to reference during their own writing.
The other shelves house books that we use during particular units... especially books that I have to pull from other libraries. I don't want those books getting mixed in with our classroom library books so this allows me a spot to place them during those units of study.
My library hasn't changed much besides a few more bins of books and some sit-spots (aka dollar store place mats).
Here's the view of sides and front of the room. These cupboards will soon be filled with trait work, parts of speech, and student work. The file folders on the bottom are my homework pockets.
This is the front of my room: complete with my messy, smeary whiteboard area. The cleaning crew this summer must of washed the whiteboards with something funky because it just smears anytime now that I write and wipe on it. Boo. Oh well.
Here's my "desk" space. I don't have a teacher's desk. I just use 3 trapezoid tables as a work space that I can also share with students and a table for my computer.
Here's where I'll post my objectives, as well as my partner sticks, chime, and my trusty pen and eraser caddy.
Here's a couple views from my table space in the corner of the room.
Last wall space includes my math vocab board (that got cut out of this photo) and my "chill down" area. This includes my conflict resolution posters, assertive reminders, peace rug and of course... birthday balloon straws. Ok, that part isn't really a "chill down" thing, but it's just where this needs to go.
So that's my room! I feel pretty ready with it so that next week, I can just focus on all our trainings and meetings and PDs and planning and Open House and...
We'll see how many days I manage to link up with Blog Hoppin's Back to School Week. Today, it's all about getting to know all the amazing teacher bloggers.
I'm trying to keep it short, so here I am, in a nutshell.
Welp... that is all for now! Let's see if my room will be put together enough to link up tomorrow. This is my last week of summer before teacher workshops next week... students don't start until after Labor Day so I'm not as far ahead as some of you!