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|I split up the ELA binder into several smaller binders. This makes it easy for multiple children to work at once.|
Pink: This is actually Edition 2 (it covers things like diphthongs and vowel teams) Kindergarten is NOT expected to get to these skills, but many of them do, so I tell them they’re getting a “head start” on 1st grade 🙂
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|Each child has an envelope and a card that shows them which book to get out. Yellow means they are practicing fluency in our classroom decodable readers.|
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|Once a week (on Thursdays), I transfer the most important notes from their index cards into my Student Data binder.|
This is super helpful while writing report cards and during conferences because it allows me to remember all of the little things I might have otherwise forgotten! Once they fill up one card, I simply get another index card and staple it on top. I have a date stamper so I can keep track of the dates. I also like to record monthly videos of each child’s progress to post to their individual stories on Class Dojo! This helps the parents see just how much progress they’re making from month-to-month and lets them see how they can help at home!
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|They LOVE getting to use these little items during their reading! I also have Miss Decarbo’s Text Evidence passages, (equally amazing as her ELA binder) which is what those highlighters are used for!|
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|Signing up to work at rest time/free choice it 100% voluntary, and they watch this board like hawks for a spot to open up!|
When they want to work during free choice, they just get out their laminated name card and put it on the list. Once I work with a child, I take his/her name off, and another spot opens up on the list. I have used this small group system for three years now, in a turnaround school and in a private school, and the student motivation to work on reading has been exactly the same!
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Here’s how I’m currently using it:
But reaching big goals can also make you feel like, OK. Now what?!
Then I collected happy little pictures from my life:
– I also added notes and cards from people I care about. These are uplifting to read and a great way to start or end the day!
Each picture represents a specific goal:
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Do you use a board like this to keep you on track? How do you use it? What are your favorite supplies?! Share them below!
|These are the Post-It Tabs I use for the outside of my Teacher Planner. They’re 3″ (75mm).|
|In my teacher planner, I use Post-It Tabs for lesson ideas. Then I can easily move them if plans change.
(Side Note: First rule of teaching? Plans always change.)
|In my personal planner, I use Sharpie Highlighters set-in-stone events and Post-It Tabs for things that can be flexible.|
If you’ve tried another system for flexible planning and color coding, please share it below!
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If you have some shelves that are out of control, too… here’s how you can make them pretty and organized again 🙂
Step 1 | Remove EVERYTHING from the Shelves
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Step 2 | Dust
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Step 3 | Categorize Decorative Pieces
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Step 4 | Place Items
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Here are some of my favorite TpT finds that I use daily!
There are many things to organize other than the things in our houses.
If you take a look around some of these posts, you may notice that organizing my LIFE is equally important to me as organizing my kitchen cabinets is.
I am CONSTANTLY searching for balance. Balance between work and relaxing, balance between staying in and going out, balance between personal needs and the needs of others.
And while time management and health are things that we’re probably all thinking about anyway. What about organizing our thoughts? Feelings? Attitudes? Honestly, this is one of those areas where people usually say “I just am who I am and I can’t change it”! That saying drives me crazy!
Of course, there are some built-in personality traits… But for the most part, You are whoever you decide to be and you CAN change it. I am a firm believer in mind over matter. I believe that we can do, think, feel, act, and react however we choose.
I believe this for (at least) three reasons:
Today: I can still be quiet(ish) but I have no problem talking to people. I don’t even mind public speaking… in fact, I even enjoy it!
I studied (read) for a test once and it turned out to be the wrong chapter. My teacher and classmates thought it was hilarious. Being a bad student kind of became my identity in high school, so I just went with it. Worst if all? I didn’t even have a planner! (Oh, the horror!)
Reason #3: Senior year, I took a Mock Trial class and decided that I LOVED law! I loved the research. I loved reading through scenarios and pulling out the rule of law that applied. I loved Elle Woods (obviously)! I declared my major Legal Studies during my first semester of college and never looked back.
But guess what? When I started to actually work for attorneys, I HATED it. I hated being inside all day. I hated the nonstop calls. I hated it that I didn’t actually get to interact with people… everything was mostly over the phone. And I hated sitting at a desk all day.
Today: I am in my seventh year of teaching Kindergarten, and I couldn’t be happier! I still get to do research but I also get to run around, use silly voices, give hugs, draw, go outside, and do a million different things with my students. I love everything about my job!
I’m SO GLAD I simply decided to DO SOMETHING ELSE!
What area of your life would like to commit to changing in this new year?
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