My progress in pictures...
my favorite pencils (Ticonderoga)
bins to reorganize (pictures of the finished area coming soon)
writer's workshop folders
reusable lunch bags for my Funky Fun Vowel Games
assorted post it notes sharpies (because you can never have too many)
double sided tape (for my anchor charts)
printer ink for school things I print at home
a new rug for my reading loft
assessment binders and dividers
chapstick (I'm a junkie)
A close-up of my fancy post-it notes and notepads...
I was super excited to find these speech bubble and iphone sticky notes at Walmart.
I also bought the ipad notepad, but it is not sticky.
I'm sure I can think of something fun for my kids to do with all of these.
You can read an old post about how I celebrate birthdays in my room here.
Cupcake Liners added to the Birthday Snack Paper Jar
Memory Jar - emptied and ready for new memories
You can read a post about how I use the memory jar here.
Betty and Bernard - the Binders
My assessment binders. Ughh. Last year was the first year that I used an assessment "binder".
Before then, I kept my assessment information for each child
in separate file folders neatly organized in an assessment crate.
I liked my system.
EVERYONE else used these giant binders. I folded. I caved.
I decided to try "the" binder.
I didn't like it much. I preferred my folder system.
Then...my principal (Mr. Principal of the Year)
wrote some very nice things in my evaluation about my assessment binders.
So, I guess I'll use this system again.
Why do I have two assessment binders?
I refuse to be the victim of an assessment binder volcano incident.
You know, when the whole thing gets so full that it explodes
and all of your hard work gets mixed together and results in a two hour resorting project.
One for boys.
One for girls.
They are labeled on the side.
Teacher Only Pencils
I do not like to share my pencils with students.
I am happy to give them a pencil to use/chew on/lick...but I like my pencils clean.
So, I have a teacher only pencil jar on my desk (my pencils are decorated with washi tape).
Math Tool Kits
We are starting a new math program this year (the Common Core version of Everyday Math). I will have math tool kits at each table for my students to use this year. The math tool kits will start mostly empty, and we will add tools as they are introduced/needed for different lessons/activities.
In addition to all of that, I reorganized my word work games (picture coming soon), worked on my year long planning, reorganized the poem and updated my choices for the poetry books my students make throughout the year and poured over the first two years of our new math program (hooray!).
Next on my list is to prepare all the open house stuff and refile the pile of stuff from last year that I keep avoiding.