https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com Sat, 16 Sep 2017 14:33:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cropped-logo-500x500-1-32x32.jpg https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com 32 32 An Update for The Simply Organized Teacher https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/september-update/ https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/september-update/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:00:29 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=2040 Hi there friends, In an effort to be completely honest and transparent with my readers, I want you to know that I am struggling keeping up with the blog right now. I love blogging and it brings me a lot of joy. But it also requires a lot of time. And because of that, I…

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Hi there friends,

In an effort to be completely honest and transparent with my readers, I want you to know that I am struggling keeping up with the blog right now. I love blogging and it brings me a lot of joy. But it also requires a lot of time. And because of that, I feel like I need to take a brief break from the blog and focus on some other “life things” right now.

As many of you know, I got married a month ago!!! (Check out my blog all about our wedding day via that link or the picture below!)

This past month has been a whirlwind. We were lucky enough to go on a honeymoon right after our wedding. But immediately following our return, we hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since. We moved Cody in to my house, now OUR house! We also had to get Cody’s house prepped for renters to move in.

This is our current situation.

And if you know me, you know that this is killing me!!!!!!!!!

Plus we have like a hundred thank you notes that need to be written and almost a thousand wedding pictures that need to be sorted through and chosen for our album.

Oh..and of course that little thing we have called a J-O-B. If I didn’t have to work, it would really make things a lot easier! 😉

The blog is my passion. I hope that one day this is something I get to do full time. But right now, it’s just a side gig that pays me a big fat NADA! A typical blog takes me a couple hours to write, plus all the other social media and emails that go along with keeping this thing afloat.

I typically try to spend a whole weekend devoted to the blog and getting things ready for the upcoming month. But  right now I feel that that time needs to be spent with Cody getting our house back together.

I am a perfectionist so it kills me to not stay true to my word of posting a new blog each week OR give my readers my full 100% with each blog post. But I also hate that I have this extra stress looming over me. Stress that I am putting on myself! I miss taking Milo on walks and laying on the couch. Lately I haven’t been able to do that because we have been so busy and I feel guilty spending time relaxing when I have so much blog stuff to do.

This post is really more of just a way for me to process my feelings. Lately I feel like God is teaching and showing me how to let things go. That it’s okay to not do ALL the things ALL the time. Right now I feel like I have a lot on my “proverbial plate” and the blog is one thing I can take off my plate for a few weeks to allow time for my husband, our house, and our pups.

My hope is to only be away for the month of September. It may bleed into October, depending on how quickly we can get things taken care of around here.

I can’t wait to come back because I have a ton of great blog ideas lined up. I also have a fun new project I am eager to share with you, once I figure out all the details.

In the mean time, make sure to grab a copy of The Simply Organized Classroom– only $7 and FULL of materials, ideas, and guidance on how to create an organized and managed classroom!

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Thank you for your understanding and support!

Until next time,

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Classroom Tour 2017-2018 https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/classroom-tour-2017-2018/ https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/classroom-tour-2017-2018/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:41 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=2012 This year was a hard year for me to start. Last year was a difficult year for me. My class was challenging and all motivation was pretty much gone. And I really felt it deep in my bones that this would be the year I would get to try something new- a new grade, a…

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This year was a hard year for me to start. Last year was a difficult year for me. My class was challenging and all motivation was pretty much gone. And I really felt it deep in my bones that this would be the year I would get to try something new- a new grade, a new school, or even a new position like a coach.

Well…none of those things happened. I am still a 2nd grade teacher at the same school I have taught at my whole career. I fully believe that God works things together for the purpose of His Kingdom and so I trust that I am there for another year on purpose. A lot of craziness happened in the two weeks prior to the start of school that made me really grateful that God kept me with my work family for another year.

But…I needed a pick me up. I needed something different for this year because nothing else in my teaching career was changing. (Actually, that’s not true! I was moved to a different classroom and have a different partner teacher.) But I needed a change aesthetically.

I always love a good classroom tour to check out pictures of how teachers set up their rooms.

So! I present to you my 2017-2018 Classroom Tour!!!

A tour of my 2nd Grade Classroom


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I knew I needed big changes this year. We spend HOURS in our classroom every day and it needs to feel like home for me. Originally I was just going to change the colors and what not, but then I decided to try flexible seating as well. It’s something I’ve thought about at the start of the last three to four years, but was to0 nervous to try. I’ll post a whole blog on that next week!

So without further adieu.

My Classroom Tour Pictures

It’s  important to note that my plan was to take these pictures Friday afternoon after the kids left. However, at 12:30 on Friday our campus got an email stating that any classroom with an exterior wall needed to pack up the cabinets on those walls as damage had been done during the hurricane and workers would be in our rooms RIPPING DOWN TWO FEET OF OUR WALLS OVER THE WEEKEND! So…. I had to rush to get pictures of my room before I started packing.

This was taken the day I moved into my new classroom. Empty, boring, and full of desks.

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

When you enter our classroom and look to the right you will see our Math stations and Math Word Wall. I try to keep all “like things” together. So all my math stuff is in this corner.

*Absolutely NO students were hidden behind the camera during the taking of these pictures*

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

The Word Wall is next to the Math Word Wall. I am a Dual Language Teacher so I have to have an English and Spanish Word Wall. This is how I meet that requirement. I have to take words off throughout the year to add new ones, but it works!

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

I also have my Listening Center on this wall. In previous years I sat the radio on a table but this year I am using that table as a desk for my students, so I flipped over this wooden box and made it a “table.”

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

Right next to the door is our Writing Station. I haven’t yet set this up yet cause I am still deciding on exactly how I want to do it.

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

To the left of the door is our Computer Station as well as “Home Base” where students turn in their take home folders and check their mailboxes.

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

I still do community supplies and house them in these back cubbies.  I can’t stand clutter so I keep them very simple and uniform by putting their materials in them.

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

Our Classroom Library is up next.

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

This is my Small Group Teaching Area, situated so that I can see the entire classroom from my chair.

My teacher desk is right next to my U-table. I like to keep all “my stuff” in one area as well so it is easily accessible.

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

Here are a few views standing from the back of our room looking forward.

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

I love my new rocking chair I am using as my seat for whole group teaching. This was actually the rocking chair Cody’s parents used when he was a baby (I think?). When we moved him out of his house into mine, I didn’t have a spot for it but I totally want to keep it for when we have a baby (a long, long, LONG time from now!) so I took it to school. I told my kids they can’t sit in it cause it might break…. 🙂

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

I took all of these pictures and then immediately unpacked all the cabinets in my room on exterior walls. This is what I will be walking into Tuesday morning! 😀

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour


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Hurricane Harvey Relief

I can’t really complain that this is all my classroom had to endure due to Hurricane Harvey. Really, I am so lucky. I have spent so much money on my classroom and can only imagine the stress teachers in Houston and along the coast are feeling.

My 2nd Grade Classroom Tour

If you haven’t seen this going around online, a teacher blogger, Sun, Sand, and Second Grade, is putting together an “Adopt a Classroom” movement. You can read more about it by clicking the link. I love the idea of helping another classroom get up and running for their new school year!

I also love this blogger, Melanie Shankle, and she put together a whole blog post full of ways you can support Hurricane Harvey victims!


I am loving my new classroom with less desks and an even calmer color pallet of mostly blues and grays. I’ll be back next week to share about how I am managing flexible seating!

In the mean time, grab your copy of The Simply Organized Classroom to find ideas and inspiration for creating a warm, welcoming, and organized classroom!

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Important {and FUN!} Calendar Dates for Teachers to Remember https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/important-dates/ https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/important-dates/#respond Tue, 29 Aug 2017 07:00:06 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1951 Every year, it never fails, I get so busy in the thick of teaching that I forget about important dates in the elementary classroom. Dates like Dr. Seuss week or St. Patrick’s Day. Idk why, but every year I forget about them and then it’s the day of and I am the one teacher in…

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Every year, it never fails, I get so busy in the thick of teaching that I forget about important dates in the elementary classroom. Dates like Dr. Seuss week or St. Patrick’s Day. Idk why, but every year I forget about them and then it’s the day of and I am the one teacher in my hallway NOT doing something fun with their kids!

Important {and FUN!} Dates in the Elementary Classroom


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Now I’m not writing this blog post because I want to do more fun stuff with my kids. But instead, I want to be more intentional with how I incorporate important dates and holidays with my curriculum so that my students are getting knowledge about those events, but also having fun.

How to Plan for Important Dates

Each summer I make my own personal YAG (Year at a Glance). It is a chart of dates and subjects. I use our districts curriculum and my ideas to make a plan for the upcoming year.

This summer is no different. I made my YAG but before I wrote any activities down, I listed important dates in the fourth column. You can check out my second grade YAG here.

Important {and FUN!} Dates in the Elementary Classroom

 

Once I had all the holidays and important dates written out, I wrote out the units from my district. Then I listed ideas from the units I got from Amy Lemons and Hope King’s TPT stores. (I went to a conference they put on this summer and I fell in love with everything they were doing!)

This YAG is super helpful to me when I plan out units and do my weekly lesson plans. Now that I have the dates in there as well, I will be able to be more creative and intentional in my planning!!!

Important Dates in the Elementary Classroom

So! What are the important dates? I gathered some of my favorite and put them in a list.

Click on the printable below. Hang it up at your desk, put it in your planner, copy the dates into your calendar. Doesn’t matter! Just be sure to find ways to incorporate the curriculum with the important {and FUN!} dates throughout the year!

Important {and FUN!} Dates in the Elementary Classroom

Some on the list are kind of personal to our school. But I wanted to include them on there because they make for fun dress up days and now that I am planning for them, I will at least try to have a morning work activity that celebrates the fun day!

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

This one is always a blast. Teachers and students dress up as pirates. The teachers compete for the best dressed team…We’ve yet to win that. But maybe one day!

Important {and FUN!} Dates in the Elementary Classroom

Important {and FUN!} Dates in the Elementary Classroom

Also, I’ve been wearing the exact same pirate outfit for the last five years…I’m not very creative.

Plaidurday

I have to thank our librarian for finding fun and crazy days to celebrate. On this day everyone dresses up in their finest plaid gear. Usually it takes a lot of google image searches to show the kids what plaid is.

Storybook Character Day

This is how we celebrate Halloween without it getting out of hand. Each student gets to dress up as a character from a book. Here is our team dressed up as different characters from the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” series.

Important {and FUN!} Dates in the Elementary Classroom

Check out my upside down book, hah!

 


Holidays are fun to celebrate. I am especially looking forward to planning research units around MLK Jr’s birthday and Women’s History Month!

What are fun holidays (or random days) you celebrate at your school? Let me know in the comments below!

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Until next time,

 

 

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Necessary Activities for the First Week of School https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/first-week-of-school/ https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/first-week-of-school/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1974 The first week of school is quickly approaching, at least for me! This Monday the kiddos return and school is back in session. It is important that the first week of school include activities that are engaging. It is equally important that boundaries be defined and established during the first week. That’s what this post…

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The first week of school is quickly approaching, at least for me! This Monday the kiddos return and school is back in session. It is important that the first week of school include activities that are engaging. It is equally important that boundaries be defined and established during the first week. That’s what this post is all about. Necessary activities to do with your kids to set up for a successful year!

First Week of School activities and ideas


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First Day of School Activities

When planning for the first day, you want to make sure you have some version of all of these items planned out. This will help you have a smooth first day with your new kiddos!

Write a DETAILED Plan

I can’t stress this enough. Incredibly detailed. Down to every five minutes if you have to. I like to create a “first day lesson plan” that is completely separate from my normal lesson plans. These first day plans are typed up by time and subject and include activity plans as well as materials needed for each activity.

First Week of School activities and ideas

I also line my whiteboard ledge with tons of children’s. Students can read them if they are done with an activity or I can read them if a lesson ends early.

Scavenger Hunt

I always include a scavenger hunt on the first day. This is how kids get familiar with the classroom routines and learn a lot of the expectations. You can grab a copy of it from my TPT store.
First Week of School activities and ideas

This past year I used iPads as an extra step and a way to incorporate technology.

Team Builders

These are a MUST! The first day of school is so intimidating for little ones. Providing them opportunities to interact with their new peers is a perfect way to get them to open up. I like to do team builders from the Silly Sports and Goofy Games book. There are a ton of fun and non-academic activities in there that kids kinder-5th can do.

First Week of School activities and ideas



First Week of School Activities

Just as I do for my first day plans, I write detailed first week plans. They aren’t as detailed as day one. But I write a lot of notes about what I want to do. I also plan for two to three team builders per day during the first week. (After the first week I do one a day.)

Reading and Writing Activities

During the first week I love to read books to my students. Read Alouds are one of my favorite parts of teaching. I also like to incorporate writing activities with the stories we read. This way kids are making connections, practicing their writing skills, and slowly easing back into the swing of school with lessons that are manageable. It is also a great opportunity to teach social skills and have conversations about expectations in your classroom.

First Week of School activities and ideas

Amy Lemons, from Step Into 2nd Grade, has a great “out of the box” activity for back to school. (I am guilty of reading First Day Jitters every first day for the last five years…..) You can pick up her packet here, full of fun ideas for the first week!

Yoko is the book I will read to my students and do our first official writing project on. It will allow us to set goals as well as have meaningful discussions on what it means to accept others even though they are different. <<<This came from Amy’s packet I linked above!>>>

Set Up Journals and Intro Stations

The first week is a great time to practice listening skills and following directions. Guide students as they set up their math, reading, and writing journals. I like to give them time to decorate the cover or inside page to their liking.

This is also a good time to start teaching your students station expectations. I go over these one by one and in a lot of detail. We practice our stamina and learn to read for long periods of time. After the reading stations are introduced and somewhat “under control,” we move on to writing and word work stations.

First Week of School activities and ideas

Team Builders, Team Builders, Team Builders

Oh, and class builders! All this week you need to be providing activities for students to do that build team work and friendship.

First Week of School activities and ideas

STEM activities with their team is a great way to incorporate higher level thinking, social skills, and team work all into one lesson! The first few weeks are crucial to creating a warm and welcoming environment and one that your students feel comfortable in.


I am of the mindset that the first week or two be very intentional with team building, class building, and cooperative learning structures. I will mix in some academics. However, I feel it is more important that students build a relationship with you and their classmates during this time.

Oh, and I forgot one more activity for the first week of school…

Happy hour!

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10 Ways to Make Meet the Teacher Night Memorable https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/meet-the-teacher-night-activities/ https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/meet-the-teacher-night-activities/#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1972 I can still remember my first Meet the Teacher Night as a classroom teacher. It was nerve wracking and exciting all at the same time. Mainly it was just crazy that people were actually entrusting me with their children. I was just a baby when I started teaching. Twenty two to be exact! My first…

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I can still remember my first Meet the Teacher Night as a classroom teacher. It was nerve wracking and exciting all at the same time. Mainly it was just crazy that people were actually entrusting me with their children. I was just a baby when I started teaching. Twenty two to be exact!

My first Meet the Teacher Night was a learning experience for sure. I did the best I could, but afterwards I made a long list of things to remember for the next year. This week I wanted to share some Meet the Teacher Night activities to inspire you to create a memorable night for those kids and their parents!

Activities and Ideas for memorable meet the teacher night


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Planning for Meet the Teacher Night

Before any big event, a plan is always necessary. And Meet the Teacher Night counts as a big event in my book!

Start by creating a plan for what you want to do/offer that night in the way of activities. Write them all down in a notebook. Then create a detailed list of what items you will need to make or purchase for Meet the Teacher Night. I also like to write little notes to myself with details about each activity.

Activities and Ideas for memorable meet the teacher night

This year I will only have about three days in my classroom to setup and prep for Meet the Teacher Night so it’s important that I be really intentional with my time. I will likely spend the first two days solely on setting up my classroom. That leaves me with one day to prep for MTTN.

Within that day, I will schedule out time for each activity, paper, and packet I need to print or make. Time management is crucial during this day so that I am ready for my kids and their parents to enter.

To help you get ready for your Meet the Teacher Night activities, I have compiled a list of ten ideas you can incorporate into your plans.



 

Meet the Teacher Night Activities

1.Use Google Forms– Google has created some of the most amazing inventions for teachers. One of them being google forms. It is super easy to create a form for parents to fill out as they arrive. Then it compiles all of their information into a google sheet for easy access!

Here’s a quick video I made explaining how to create a google form!

2.Tour the Classroom- Allow your students time to tour the classroom and find areas such as their desk and the classroom library. I usually just type up a short list of things to find so the students can get familiar with their classroom.

Activities and Ideas for memorable meet the teacher night

 

3. Identify a “Kids Area”- It is inevitable that parents will bring all their children to MTTN and then you have like a zillion kids running around your room. At the writing station I put out some coloring pages and line some books along the edge of the whiteboard. When I notice little hands going for my freshly organized library, I quickly direct them over to the kid approved activities for them to partake in!

4. Be Organized- The most important thing to creating a memorable MTTN is to be organized. Make sure that your room is clean and clutter free. Parents see the environment you create as soon as they walk in. Make sure that they feel welcome and that you are an “on top of it” teacher and not a “crazy, messy” teacher!

Activities and Ideas for memorable meet the teacher night

5. School Scavenger Hunt- Sometimes the hardest part is getting the parents or kids out of your room. Allow your tour to end with a scavenger hunt around the rest of the school. They can go say “hi” to the librarian and give the coach a high five.

6. Use Folders for Papers Each year I use folders to organize the student’s papers. Inside I have flyers to go home on one side and papers to be filled out at school on the other side. This way parents can put their completed forms back in the folder and leave it on their child’s desk. It makes it really easy for me to keep all those back to school papers organized.

Activities and Ideas for memorable meet the teacher night

 

7. Be Creative- Find a way to be creative. Maybe it is using a fun riddle to send your students on a tour around the room. Perhaps it is a creative way to ask for additional supplies. You can play music and show a slideshow of past classes on your projector so parents and students can get excited about having you as their teacher!

Activities and Ideas for memorable meet the teacher night

8. Shake Hands and Introduce Yourself- Make a good first impression by shaking the students hand and their parent’s hands as well. I always acknowledge the student first and shake their hand. It’s usually kind of awkward because they have no idea what they are doing (at least second graders). But you are teaching them social skills! After meeting the kids I make it a point to introduce myself to the parent by my first AND last name. I want my parents to realize that we are on the same playing field and I am their equal, not superior (or inferior). I encourage them to call me Kelly because that’s way friendlier!

9.Give Lots of Info- I would rather give my parents too much reading material, than not enough. I love these little foldables to send home with parents about all the things that we are going to be doing the upcoming year.

10. Collect Student Materials– This is always hit and miss because sometimes families don’t bring their materials. But if they do, I always have a place to collect them. Kids usually are pretty particular about their specials folders and spirals so I let them leave those at their new desk.

Activities and Ideas for memorable meet the teacher night

 


Is there anything I am missing for Meet the Teacher Night activities? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear your ideas!

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Classroom Setup Round Up https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/classroom-setup-round-up/ https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/classroom-setup-round-up/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:51 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1937 Well…that went fast! Summer is pretty much over in my book, considering that it is officially August. So what better way to mourn celebrate the start of a new school year than with a round up of posts on classroom setup?!?! This post may contain affiliate links. That just means that if you purchase something…

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Well…that went fast! Summer is pretty much over in my book, considering that it is officially August. So what better way to mourn celebrate the start of a new school year than with a round up of posts on classroom setup?!?!

Classroom Setup Elementary- round up of classroom setup ideas


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I really do love the beginning of a new year because I love getting to setup a new classroom. Even if it’s the same classroom. For me, it is always fun to organize, plan, layout, and make changes from the year before.

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite classroom items and you can get this free resource right here!

Classroom Setup Elementary- round up of classroom setup ideas

As fun as buying all that cutesy organizational stuff is, setting up a classroom can be really stressful with all that has to get done before Meet the Teacher Night and the First Day of School! I always try to go into the year with a plan in mind. I would encourage you to come up with a classroom setup plan before ever stepping foot in your classroom.

Classroom Setup Plan

This year I am moving to a different room so I decided to revamp my room and update it a bit. Here are the steps I am currently working through to make that a reality!

Classroom Layout

I am a very visual person so I like to use graph paper and cut out pieces of furniture to move around. It isn’t always to scale, but it at least allows me to move things around and get a visual of what my room will look and feel like. Then once I have an idea of how I want to layout my room, I take a picture of it so that I can remember when I get into the classroom.

Decide on a Theme

Next, I decide on a theme I want to go with. The past five years I have had blue and green everything. An of course my lions! I plan on keeping the lions but sticking to an even calmer color pallet by using blues and grays in my room.

(Mainly just because I want to keep taking a picture with my lions each year!)

Classroom Setup Elementary- round up of classroom setup ideas

I am over the green fabric backgrounds with blue border (pictured below). This year I want to go for a softer blue color. ***I always buy fabric because it last WAY longer and doesn’t fade!***

Classroom Setup Elementary- round up of classroom setup ideas

List Materials and Furniture to Buy

Typically, I don’t like spending much money on my classroom. But I do spend a good portion of my time there so I decided to set apart some money this year to update my fabric (for bulletin boards), borders, baskets, and furniture.

As I was taking down my classroom and selling things, I created a list on my phone of things I need to buy for this upcoming year. Like, new baskets.

These are my favorite! I already bought them in gray!

A new rug is also on my list of things for my room. I am thinking this one maybe??? I like that it is simple and doesn’t draw too much attention to it.

Listing items out ahead of time allows me to budget for my purchases and spread them out over the summer. It also keeps me accountable because I am easily tempted by organization baskets!


Classroom Setup Round Up

Those are the steps I took. But I also decided to scour the web (and my blog) to find eight blog posts for you. These posts are on different aspects of classroom setup that I think are great! Everything on here is something I have either written myself or followed the bloggers long enough to know they are legit!

Check them out, pin them, and make your plan!!!

First Year Teacher: Setting Up a Classroom– Steps on how to layout, organize, and setup your classroom.

A classroom tour that is TO DIE FOR! It is so organized and colorful, but not overwhelming!

Setting Up a Classroom Library– This post is full of ideas and steps on how to setup your library and have your students assist you with organizing it!

Math and Literacy Station Organization- Stations get me EVERY year! Here are some great ways to organize your stations and manage your materials.

Beach Room Transformation– This summer I went to the Get Your Teach On Conference and sat in many sessions with Hope King. My biggest take away from that conference was to create engagement by doing room transformations.

Cabinet Organization– Your classroom can look as neat and tidy but if your cabinets are a mess, your classroom soon will be too!

Math Sponge Activity Organization– I am SO bad about creating meaningful sponge activities for my kids. I love how Amy is using different math stations for her students to refine their math skills when they are done with their work.

Classroom Engagement and BOY Activities packets- These are not blogs on how to setup your classroom, per say, but they are great resources to prep for the upcoming year!


Remember that starting with a plan will always give you clear direction and help you to manage your time more effectively.

My ebook, The Simply Organized Classroom, is seven chapters FULL of classroom setup and preparation ideas. A workbook accompanies the ebook to help you work through your plans as you prepare for a new year!

Want classroom organization help? Be sure to fill out the form to schedule a time for me to come help you in your classroom!

Until next time,

 

 

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Well friends, August is here. And you know what that means?!?! It’s time to start unpacking that classroom.

I don’t know about you, but the start of a new year and unpacking all your goodies. Laying out things in a new way. It just gets me really excited. I love organizing and setting things up (hence the title of my blog) and so this time of year is always really fun for me.

But I also realize that it can be really overwhelming, especially for teachers who have a ton of stuff and may not have organized well before the end of the year. So this week I am going to share about how to unpack a classroom. And hang on tight, because it may not be what you are thinking.

Tips on unpacking a classroom at the start of a new year


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I think I may annoy a few people here. But that’s okay. Just hear me out. You probably fall into one of these two categories of teachers

1.I put everything away where it goes

2. I shove everything in where it fits

Yes? One of those? Okay, well if you are the first type, you can skip on to step two below. If not, take a look at step one and just think about it.

Unpacking a Classroom Steps

1. If  you are the type of person that WANTS to be organized but struggle with where to even begin. I want you to get a fresh start. This may not be possible if you don’t have much time in your room before PD starts. But think about moving EVERYTHING out of your room. Like everything. Empty the cabinets. Move the furniture out there. People will look at you like your crazy but sometimes the best way to get a fresh start is to literally move everything out and then put it back in nice and neatly.

Tips on how to unpack a classroom at the start of a new year

(I’m so sorry that many of my pictures lately have been such poor quality. iPhone 4’s sucked. Also, can you feel the proudness beaming off of me in that picture? I was SO proud!)

2. Next you should layout your furniture. If you are not one of the ones who moved everything outside, then consider moving all of your boxes into one corner of your room. This will keep things from being strewn about the room and contained to one area. Now you will be able to move your furniture about and place it where you want. Remember, you need to identify the three important areas in your room (whole group area, small group area, library) and then place your students desks where you want them.

Tips on how to unpack a classroom at the start of a new year

3. This next step is when you will establish the remaining areas of your room. Think about where you want your stations to be as well as where you will store materials. This way, when you get to step 4 you know exactly where to put things when you are unpacking.

Tips on how to unpack a classroom at the start of a new year

4. Now you can start unpacking boxes, putting things in cabinets, and putting some materials out. Make sure to organize your cabinets by like things so that you are able to find items quickly and efficiently.

Setting Up a Classroom for First Year Teachers

5. The LAST step is decorating. I encourage you to do this last for two reasons. 1. It is fun and serves as a motivator to keep you on task with the items above. 2. It is one of the most time consuming parts of setting up a classroom because we want it to be perfect. But, just because your room is adorable and looks great, doesn’t mean it is organized well. I would rather you have a well organized classroom for the start of the year than a cute room. You won’t have time to organize once those kids get there, so get that done first.

Tips on how to unpack a classroom at the start of a new year

Classroom Makeover

Perhaps your classroom is already set up. You are one of the lucky ones that gets to leave your room set up over the summer and spend your time at the beginning of the year planning and creating fun projects for your classroom! Or maybe you get to leave your classroom set up, but you are ready for a classroom makeover.

If you read my blog on time management, you read about how I am redoing a lot of things in my classroom this upcoming year simply to make it look new and fresh. I have been staring at that decoration for the last 5 years…I’m ready for something new! And maybe you are, too!

I have a packet of pages that can walk you through developing a plan for a classroom makeover. Click the graphic below to sign up for the email list and get access to The Organizer’s Bin. Once you get the password and are in, look for “classroom makeover goal planning sheet” and download it!

Classroom makeover goal planning sheet

 


This past month of July was focused on setting up a classroom. You can read those blogs here!

Setting up a Classroom

Routines to Plan For

5 Important Behavior Management Plans to Develop

Time Management, It’s Imperative

You can also subscribe to the Creating and Sticking to Classroom Organization Routines ecourse. This ecourse gets delivered straight to your inbox and walks you through the steps of getting organized and staying organized!

Get your classroom organized through this free ecourse

Want classroom organization help? Be sure to fill out the form to schedule a time for me to come help you in your classroom!

Until next time,

 

 

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First Year Teacher: Time Management, It’s Imperative https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/time-management/ https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/time-management/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:00:14 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1896 It’s no secret that teacher burnout exists. It’s also no secret that many teachers leave the field in less than five years due to the high demands of teaching. I have two friends that worked at my school and left education in less than five years, partly because of the fact that the time put…

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It’s no secret that teacher burnout exists. It’s also no secret that many teachers leave the field in less than five years due to the high demands of teaching. I have two friends that worked at my school and left education in less than five years, partly because of the fact that the time put in was not worth it any longer. Or worse, teaching was compromising their health.

Time Management for teachers

It’s sad because both of these teachers were REALLY good teachers. Like…really good. But they also worked really hard and really long hours. They took work home with them. Teaching was everything to them and they put everything they had into it. That’s why I think time management is so important for teachers.

To be completely honest, the thought of leaving education has crossed my mind many times. But, unlike my teacher friends, I didn’t have a husband (or a savings account) that would allow me the financial security to leave my paycheck while I waited for a new path. So I stayed. And this past year was hard. Like really really hard.

The only thing knew to do was to withdrawal. My first 4 years of teaching I got to work early and left late. I would spend time at home lesson planning, cutting out lamination, creating new management systems. Everything I did revolved around teaching. And it was fun! But then it got old.

Last year, I was walking in with the kids and left on time (if not early). I was burnt out. I didn’t want to be there. Teaching was just a job. And that’s not fun. And it reflected in my classroom. I didn’t have the option to leave it altogether so I did the only thing I knew to do.


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If you are a first year teacher. Or a new teacher. Or even a veteran teacher that is still so excited and in love with teaching, I am so happy for you! I know what it is like to be SO excited about your classroom or an upcoming lesson that you justify the late hours.

I get it. I’ve been there.

Some days I still am there!

But that is why time management is SO imperative. You have to set boundaries for yourself now so that you aren’t running on empty later.

Time Management Techniques

Setting boundaries and time management routines for yourself now, during the summer, is a good way to ensure that you have a way to hold yourself accountable during the school year.

Time Management Boundaries

Like I said above, this past year was really hard for me. I have found some motivation over the summer and am redoing some things in my room aesthetically this upcoming year that I think will help me to be excited about teaching again. But with all the new things I am wanting to implement, I know it means additional time.

So for me, it is really important that I set boundaries for myself. I allow myself one “late night” each week. It is usually Tuesday’s  because those are nights that I have ADPi meetings at 5:00. This means I can stay till 4:45 and get things done.

Time Management for teachers

The other days of the week I will be intentional about leaving on time or by 4 at the latest.

I am learning that staying late to accomplish “just one more thing” is not healthy. There will always be one more thing. And if I don’t set healthy boundaries for myself, then I will burn myself out again.

Lesson Planning Routines

I love to talk about my lesson planning routine because teachers get so lost in lesson planning and spend hours prepping plans when it really doesn’t need to be that hard. You can read all about lesson planning in my ebook, The Simply Organized Classroom.

But for the purposes of this blog, I will share how I lesson plan.

Time Management for teachers

Every Wednesday and/or Thursday I look at my unit plans and write short handed plans for the upcoming week in my planner. This takes me an hour, tops. Once I am done writing my plans out I list all items I need for each of the activities. On Friday I am able to look at the list and copy, print, or create all the items needed for the upcoming weeks lessons.

Planning like this is such a time saver because all plans are ready and prepped by Friday afternoon. The weekend is free to me and Monday is a refreshing start to the week in which I am prepared and ready for!

The Inevitable List

“But it’s just one.more.thing.!!!”

Everyone has said that. And how many times is it just “one more thing?” Never! I think the to-do list is the number one killer of time management…At least for me.

Keeping a notepad on your desk with a running to do list is an effective way of keeping track of the million little things that come to mind. If you are in the middle of a lesson and all the sudden you remember you need to email that interventionist about an RTI meeting, take 2 seconds to write it down and get it off your brain.

Time Management for teachers

At the end of the day (or during lunch or planning) look through your list and prioritize what NEEDS to get done and what can wait. Then do those things. When you start at your top priority and get those things done first, you are freer to leave on time knowing that the list will still be there tomorrow but without the pressures of something needing to be done looming over your head.

Staying Accountable and Being Healthy

Part of time management is staying accountable to the routines and boundaries you set for yourself. Share your goals for time management with a family member, a friend, or even another member on your team. Find someone that you know will tell you when it’s time to take off the “teacher hat” and put on the “you hat.” Those are the best kind of friends.

(Get it? We’re teachers. In hats. Our teacher hats!)

(At least I think I’m funny)

I am in the middle of reading the book Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller. I wrote about it on my 6 Must Read Books for Teachers this Summer blog post. The book is on the concept of Sabath. Shelly writes about setting aside one day a week (or evening or whatever you can spare) to rest. I am getting SO much out of this book and really excited about implementing the routine of Sabath once the school year starts. I am trying to do it now but with summer routines are out the window and I am finding pockets of rest throughout the week.

What makes you peaceful and rested? For me, pulling weeds in my garden is oddly therapeutic. Sitting on the porch and drinking a glass of wine with Cody is rejuvenating for me. She writes that

…when we relax, or enter into a window of daydreaming, the brain does not slow down or stop working at all, but rather many important mental processes happen during those times in the same physiological way the brain works when we sleep at night.” Shelly Miller. Rhythms of Rest.

That was really encouraging to me. Teaching is one of the most creative jobs out there. We are creatives and relaxation is critical to being creative.


I’m no expert at this. Obviously. I just wrote about how much I stunk at managing my time my first four years of teaching that my last year of teaching was miserable for me.

But that can change. I am confident that this upcoming year will be better simply because I am motivating myself with new ideas and holding myself accountable by sticking to boundaries I set up for myself.

I write more about time management in my ebook. Click the graphic below to learn more about it and get your own copy!!!!

You can also read the other blogs in this month’s First Year Teacher Series:

Setting Up Your Classroom

Routines to Plan for

Classroom Management Plans

Want classroom organization help? Be sure to fill out the form to schedule a time for me to come help you in your classroom!

Until next time,

 

 

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First Year Teacher: 5 Important Behavior Management Plans to Develop https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/behavior-management-plans/ https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/behavior-management-plans/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:00:09 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1879 If you don’t do anything else before the school year starts, I encourage you to at least develop behavior management plans for your students. (and your sanity!) When kids know their boundaries and that they will be rewarded for following the expectations a healthy classroom environment is born. But, I definitely hope you do way…

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If you don’t do anything else before the school year starts, I encourage you to at least develop behavior management plans for your students. (and your sanity!) When kids know their boundaries and that they will be rewarded for following the expectations a healthy classroom environment is born.

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

But, I definitely hope you do way more than just develop behavior management plans. You need to make sure to decide how you are going to set up and organize your classroom. I wrote a free ecourse that allows you to develop a plan for classroom organization in a week!

You’ll also want to make sure that you develop plans for routines so that you are prepared when those little munchkins come skipping (or crying) into your classroom in August.


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A behavior management plan is more than telling kids they are doing a good job and calling their name out loud when they are not following the rules.

A healthy behavior management plan involves mostly positive rewards and incentives paired with an understanding of the expectations. When those expectations are not followed, a consequence is given. We must make sure our students know what their boundaries are and that they see consequences when they cross them.

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

(Obviously consequences aren’t for every.single.time. a kid makes a mistake, they are kids! But you know when a student is being defiant versus making a genuine mistake.)

Types of Behavior Management Plans

I believe in developing a plan for different behavior management plans. This doesn’t mean I use all of them at the same time (or even during the school year at all.) But it is important to have a plan in place before the school year starts so that when instances arise, you are prepared.

Whole Group Plan

This is a behavior management plan that rewards the whole group for good decisions, staying on task, and following directions. We must teach our kids how to work as a team and to help each other. When kids know they are accountable for the whole groups reward, there is more ownership in their behavior.

My favorite whole group management system is a marble jar. The class can earn multiple marbles at a time for choices that they are making. I add extra lines on the marble jar so that they can get rewards throughout the process.

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

It’s important to keep this POSITIVE so I try to refrain from removing marbles unless I say something to my students like “I have 6 marbles here that you can earn during this lesson, but if you talk without raising your hand, I can take a marble away.” This way the expectations are set and if they don’t meet them, they see the consequence of their action.

You can also do things like a paper link chain, a brownie points pan, or adding letters to a “secret word” to foster engagement in positive choices.

Small Group Plan

This is a management plan developed to hold small groups or teams accountable. The first team to get their table picked up quietly and quickly earns a point. The most important point I want to make is that teams do not compete against each other but instead compete against themselves.

When I use this management plan, I am always intentional about finding something worth rewarding from even the WORST table! It is also important that once a team reaches the “goal amount” of points starts over, not the entire class. Because this is a small group management plan, other teams should not be held accountable or lose their rewards because another team has already met their goal.

Individual Plan

An individual behavior management plan is a positive reward system for when the student does something worth being recognized for. To me, this is the most important management plan to establish because it is a very visual way to reward kids for positive choices and remind other students that meeting expectations earns rewards.

I have always used a classroom economic system as my individual behavior management plan. You can read more about it on my Classroom Economic System post. In that blog I share about where that idea came from, how to implement an economic system, and how to manage it.

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

Other individual management plans involve tickets that can be traded in for rewards and class dojo. The most important part of rewarding students individually is to be consistent and to verbally praise them for their choice and give them their tangible reward (money, ticket, point, etc.)

Also, not EVERY time a kid raises their hand needs to be rewarded. At the beginning of the year, YES! Do it ALLLLLL day long. But as the year progresses it is okay to back off a bit and allow kids the opportunity to make wise choices even if they aren’t receiving a reward.

Individual Plan for Challenging Students

Some years you will have some extra tough kids where the simple “great job, friend, here is your sticker” won’t work. In those situations you need to develop a more in depth plan for them. This is usually something I plan out all the details for when I actually need it. But the rough draft always involves a very scheduled out reward system

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

These students need to be praised and rewarded FREQUENTLY! Sometimes multiple times a day. You can read more about the plans I developed for my challenging students this past year in my post on management tips for challenging students.

One thing I have always wanted to try and keep forgetting about in the hustle and bustle of the school year.

Love this idea! Pull a name from the Mystery Hero jar. Don't say their name, but let kids know you are watching your Mystery Hero. If the Mystery Hero does a good job reward them, and if they aren't on their best behavior just say to the class that the Mystery Hero needs to try harder. Don't call the student out or let students know who it was.

I have had friends use this and I think it is an AMAZING idea. Each morning one students stick is placed in the mystery student jar, at the end of the day if that student has made good choices they will be rewarded. If not, then their name is put back into the jar of sticks for a chance another day.

Class Meetings

Another way to foster positive behavior within the classroom is to incorporate class meetings.

I would recommend the book “Positive Discipline In the Classroom.” They break down step by step how to begin class meetings. Some of the projects are too much for younger grades (at least in my opinion) and have to be modified, but the messages behind them are important.

I conduct weekly class meetings. I try to do 2-3 a week in addition to a team builder or class builder on the other days. It is important to me that my students feel connected to the other members in their class and by sharing their highs and lows, feelings, and struggles connection is formed and trust is built.

5 Behavior Management Plans to develop- whole group, small group, and individual behavior plans

My friends Courtney and Tiffany from Mustard Seed Teaching write about The Fellowship of the Classroom and how class meetings are worked into that. They even show a video of how they work.


What are you planning on doing for your behavior management plans this year? I still want to do my money management system but “Jackson Bucks” don’t sound as alliterate as “Buchtien Bucks” so I am on the quest for a new name……..

My new ebook that launched last Saturday has a whole chapter dedicated to this topic of behavior management plans. You can click the link below to grab you own copy! I also write about time management, laying out a classroom, decorating a classroom, and much more!

Want classroom organization help? Be sure to fill out the form to schedule a time for me to come help you in your classroom!

Until next time,

 

 

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First Year Teacher: Classroom Routines to Plan for https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/first-year-teacher-classroom-routines/ https://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/first-year-teacher-classroom-routines/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 07:00:52 +0000 http://www.thesimplyorganizedteacher.com/?p=1862 Kids CRAVE routine. They need it and they want it. Don’t believe me? Give your students a free day and see how crazy it is. When kids have classroom routines and stability behavior is better and thus learning is increased! This post may contain affiliate links. That just means that if you purchase something using a link…

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Kids CRAVE routine. They need it and they want it. Don’t believe me? Give your students a free day and see how crazy it is. When kids have classroom routines and stability behavior is better and thus learning is increased!

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher


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As soon as I graduated college I was accepted into The Teacher Fellows Program at Texas State University. This program allowed me to complete my first year of teaching while earning my masters all in one year.

One class required us to develop a plan for our classroom. It was like my bible during my first year of teaching. I still have my Classroom Management Plan binder but I glance at it less and less each year. (Which is good that I don’t need it as much, but a glance through it each year is always really refreshing!)

Within this binder we developed all sorts of plans and goals for the upcoming year. One section was devoted completely to classroom routines. Things like morning and afternoon routines, pencil sharpening, bathroom expectations, etc.

Unfortunately, I don’t think many new teachers stop to think about all of those things before the school year starts. We get so caught up in laying out and decorating our classroom that we forget to be intentional about setting routines.

Classroom Routines to Plan for:

These are some routines that are VITAL for planning out before the school year starts. I’ll give you a few of my ideas, but mainly I will ask you questions to get you thinking about them!

Morning Routines:

What will the kids do when they enter your classroom each morning? I suggest something other than “read a book.” Are there stem activities they can do? I used these writing prompts 2-3 days a week along with centers on the other days.

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

Afternoon Routines:

How will the kids know it’s time to leave? When will you write notes in folders, pass out papers, give homework, etc.? This is THE MOST stressful time of the day for me and usually the time of day where I lose my cool. I know this from experience so I make sure to give myself ample time (10-15 minutes in 2nd grade) for kids to pack up and do their classroom job so I am not rushing.

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

What will you do once kids are packed up and ready to go? If there is time left over, a chapter book read aloud is always a calm way to end the day

Bathroom

Will you allow kids to go to the bathroom whenever? How do they signal to you when they need to go? Will they take a pass? I don’t let mine take the pass to the bathroom…waaaaayyyyy too gross. I have my students put the pass on their desk so that thing doesn’t get all nasty in the bathroom.

Pencil Sharpening

The bane of every teacher…The pencil sharpener.

I refuse to let kids sharpen pencils during the day. One student’s job is to sharpen them at the end of the day and we have a tray they can get sharpened pencils from. In years past I have put mini sharpeners at each desk for them to use if absolutely necessary.

One year, pencils were such an issue that I made a pencil chart and they had to use only the pencils in their pocket….

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

Student Materials

Community or individual supplies? Where will you store them? How will students get the materials if they are not stored at their desk?

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

I prefer community supplies and house them all in the red cabinets in the back of my room. The “Team Captain” is the one who gets the materials for the team each day and returns them when we are done with them.

Turning in Papers

How will you manage students turning in their papers and then grading them? How will you get student work back to them to be corrected or when it is graded?

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

Make a plan for this…Or else you’ll end up like me and send home papers two times a year (Christmas break and EOY….)

Teaching Classroom Routines

Once you have planned out all of your routines, you need to make a plan for teaching them.

I am a big supporter of spending the first week establishing and reinforcing routines. Yes, academics should most definitely be mixed in there but it is more of a review than new content.

Every year I give my kids a scavenger hunt on the first day of school. I place numbers all around the room so that they will go to each of the important areas (pencil sharpener, bathroom passes, material boxes, computers, etc.). After they are done scavenger-ing, I walk through each area with them and explain the routines and my expectations

I don’t always go into depth on all of them because that is too much for the first day. But I will at least explain that “this is where you will find your classroom job and we will get our first jobs next week” and talk more about that then.

Establishing classroom routines for a first year teacher

Then, throughout the week when I see students practicing the routines correctly, I reward them with a “Buchtien Buck.” They get positive reinforcement for their behavior and it also allows me to set expectations for and teach about my positive behavior plan.


Whatever routines you decide to establish or how you choose to do them is up to you. Most important is that you plan for these routines. If you are like me, you can’t get into your classroom right now. Use this time of waiting to plan out all of your routines.

There is a whole chapter in my ebook dedicated to routines. I write about many more routines as well as provide more detailed ideas of how to plan for these routines.

The book releases this Saturday (July 15th) sign up to get more info below!

Want classroom organization help? Be sure to fill out the form to schedule a time for me to come help you in your classroom!

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