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July 21, 2014

Monday Made It - Checkers Board??

The end of summer is quickly approaching, and my to do list is getting longer!  Thank goodness for Tara and her Monday Made It linky.    

Have an old checkers board?  Have 32 kids (at the most)?  Attach some Peel and Stick Velcro & laminated numbers from The Resourceful Room, and it can be used as a portable check off board.  I'm thinking an "I'm done" board... 

Just a little something that I made... Have a great day!  

July 20, 2014

We Missed You! {Freebie}

It's a rare day in my classroom that every single child is present.  Sad, right?  I plan all these lessons to get them from point A to point Z, and when they aren't there they will still have to learn the material later on.

So when I started teaching I would make a little pile on their desks, have their neighbor pull out a piece of binder paper, and write down what they need to do.... then after school I realize that two of the papers have flown onto the ground where they have been crinkled, and that the neighbor wrote page numbers, but forgot to write which subject... so I ended up having to redo everything after all.

Enter an easier way to keep things organized.  

This freebie contains folder covers to stick on those plain cheap folders.  When someone is absent,  I put a folder on that person's desk.  Then papers are passed out, and their neighbor nicely sticks it INSIDE the folder.  

When a page is written on the board, their neighbor writes the information on the graphic organizer.  It makes it easy and quick for those class helpers to actually help.  After school I look over the assignment sheet, add any extra notes, and paperclip it to the pile of paperwork inside the folder.  Students in my class know they need to return any missing work one full day after they return back to school.  When they come back to school, they just take the paper clipped packet out of the folder, and put it inside their homework folder to bring home to work on.  The paper folders stay at school for the next batch of kids that are absent.   

The papers come in both black & white, as well as in color.  I printed off the color version of the color, with 4 per sheet.  Just a small way to decorate the folder.  The graphic sheet, I print off the black and white ones, half size and make a lot of copies at a time.  These are then stuck in a basket with the folders.

Hope this helps someone!     

July 19, 2014

Finding Balance {Freebie}

Balance... a word that I'm NOT good at.  Once again it's going to be a goal to aim for this coming school year.

I found this old whiteboard in our garage (doesn't every teacher have a whiteboard in their garage?), so I used ribbon to divide it up into 4 sections.  Then I made up these headers to stick into the corners.

That weekly plan whiteboard is something I found at a thrift store.  I decided to put "home" on that since it is portable and my goal is to aim for one house thing a day.  Splitting up the laundry, etc...

This is sitting on a bookshelf in our bedroom/office area.  Just a little reminder of that balance I'm searching for.

Hope it helps someone.  Have a great day!