|Heidi at the I Teach K! Conference in Las Vegas|
But first..... I'm baaaaacccckkkk! I had such a wonderful time at I Teach K! I can't even believe how many amazing teachers that I met from absolutely EVERY WHERE! From Hawaii (hi, Cher!) to New York (hi, Debbie!), Virginia (Hi, Kelly!), and even right here in California (Hi, Kim!) I feel like I have many new, in the flesh, real friends now from one side of the country to the other! I'll fill you in more on that conference a bit below, and also in future posts.
And now, here are a few quick pictures of some things I do in my room to stay organized.
|Clip paper masters that you always need to the inside of the cover of teacher's manuals in a page protector.|
One thing that helps me keep organized is any clipping paper masters that I often need for lessons inside the teacher's manuals that we use, and keeping those masters in page protectors.
|I mark the correct page to begin on for each group with a colored post-it note.|
I mark the correct page to begin on for each group with a colored post-it note. Those same sticky notes often last me a whole year!
|These clips work well too, of course!|
|Save zipper bags that comforters come in to store picnic blankets!|
|Keep extra copies of homework and some extra "First Day" packets for new students handy.|
I have another drawer for notes for new students that may come in the middle of the year, so if there is ever a note that would be important for a parent to know all year from that point forward, then I put it there. I place extra copies of everything that goes home on the first day of school here as well, so that if we get a new student, I have extra copies of everything that child will need.
I keep about two extra copies of the weekly homework in one of these bins as well. If a parent comes in at any time and asks for a copy of the homework from any given week, I can almost always provide an instant copy. In the calendar bin, each month has its own manilla envelope for supplies, so that when it is time to change the calendar, it is quick and easy to find everything that I need.
At the end of the school year, I clear out the drawers and send home the extra worksheets that have collected in the bins so that kids can practice on them over the summer.
|I take roll and the lunch count with a dry erase sleeve.|
|This is an open drawer of my file cabinet! I keep my worksheets in binders in page protectors.|
Several years ago I started keeping the files and worksheets that I use the most for homework in binders in page protectors, and I would NEVER go back to shoving everything into a file folder again! Sure, it was a pain in the neck getting them into binders, but now I can ALWAYS find exactly what I want. Things don't get lost. And I am slowly but surely converting everything to digital copies as much as possible, and storing them on my computer instead. That way, all I have to do is find the item that I want to do and print it.
|Whenever I use a worksheet, I stick a post-it note on it with the date. That way, I don't use the same one twice in a year.|
I also find it extremely simple to keep a small stack of post-it notes in the pocket of the binder, and each time I take out a worksheet to copy, I mark it with the date before I put it away. I can also tell which things I am storing and NEVER using, too! Those are good things to get rid of!
|This is my printer/copier/scanner, along with the Red Group's water bottle basket.|
I LOVE keeping an old printer/copier/scanner in my room! It's not even connected to my computer because it is so old that the software is incompatible, but I don't care! I just use it as a xerox machine when I need a quick copy of something. It is SO handy- you wouldn't believe how many teacher visitors I have during the day when they find they have to have a copy of something QUICK! I also love being able to give a kid an instant new copy when they "accidentally" mess something up that they have been trying to avoid doing. It's also handy for making copies of contracts that I sometimes need to send home with children.
|Each group has a colored basket with their own water bottles inside of it.|
|We would have been more successful if the Blue Group's bottles had NOT been next the puzzles, but we were running out of space!|
|The Yellow Group's basket had very few distractions next to it, so they lucked out!|
|Pin me to Pinterest!|
And now... here are a few pictures from the I Teach K! Conference! I wish I had more pictures to share, but it seems like I was always in front of the camera rather than behind it, LOL! (That's okay, I love it!) So if you have any pictures of the conference to send me, that would be great!! I would love to see them.
I'll write more on what I learned later!!!
|Rachelle from What the Teacher Wants!!! at the Blogger Meet-Up|
|Heidi and Beth from CA|
|Heidi and Cher from HI|
|Heidi and Kelly from VA|
|See you next year!|