Saturday, 29 August 2015

Getting Ready for Back to School - Day 3

I feel like I was very productive today because I got a lot of little things crossed off my to do list. That is always a great feeling. I still don't know what I will be teaching so I can continue with getting those things done that aren't planning for a specific grade.

The first thing I did today was complete the bulletin board outside my classroom. I wanted something generic so that no matter what I am teaching (grade 2 or 4/5) it would work. I saw a bulletin board similar to this on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect!

The hardest parts were picking all the fonts for the words and deciding what color I wanted the "You!" to be. At first I had a purple "You!" but it didn't seem quite right so with the help of a wonderful friend and fellow teacher we decided on yellow. I think it really pops. 
Update: My students LOVED the bulletin board and it tied in nicely to our study on character traits. I had students create a selfie picture and around the border they wrote personal character traits. These all went on the wall around this BE bulletin board. It was a hit for sure.

Keep reading to the end of this post for free templates to create your own BE... bulletin board. 

After I put the black paper and the border on the board and before I added all the words, I had to take care of the staples. If you have ever seen me put up a bulletin board you would be shaking your head. Everything goes up with push pins first and then I commit with staples. When I have a black bulletin board all I see is the shiny silver staples ( I probably should seek professional help). A couple years ago I found the solution (until someone invents black staples) that is quick and easy. SHARPIES!!!!!!
After I finished my bulletin board I didn't want to do anything on my to do list so I helped (great procrastination) the above mentioned friend/teacher start on her bulletin board.
Just like I am (some say) obsessed with matching my color theme, she is (some say) obsessed with animal print. She had this Welcome sign that she wanted to use so we came up with a jungle tree board. She is not quite finished but this is what we did today. I am excited to see how she finishes it off!!!

Okay, now it was time for me to get back to my list. I different friend/teacher at my school, asked me if I wanted these flower boxes and because I am a "collecting" (not hoarding) I said "of course!" I am not sure quite yet what I am going to do with them but I knew I didn't want them brown.
 Last year I found this large roll of washi tape that I thought was super cute. Again, no idea what I would do with it but I bought it anyways :) Well it finally came in handy. The large roll made it super easy to cover the boxes with. All I had to do was roll it on, fold the edges, then cut out the handles! Now if I could only figure out what to do with the boxes :) 

 I decided to stick with the taping work and FINALLY cover my second Pringles container that holds my classroom rulers. For a good portion of last year I only had one covered and it bugged my but there were bigger things to tend to. Well now they are both done and off my to do list! 

Every year I have Unfinished work folders for my class and they need to be labeled with students' names. They are plastic folders and most labels won't stick to them so I use duct tape. Easy to peel off and it last the entire year. Even though I don't have a class list yet, I decided to get the labels on all of them to make it quicker later. I have a more detailed blog post about how I use them here if you want to check it out!  

Here is the freebie I promised you above. If you want to create your own "Be..." bulletin board here are some word labels for you to use :) Just click on the picture to get your FREE copy.

I am not sure what my next Getting Ready for Back to School post is going to be about but here is a link to my Day 2 post.  

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Getting Ready For Back to School - Day 2

Today I tackled my filing cabinet. I call it "tackled" because it was a DISASTER. There was still stuff in there from the previous teacher and I just grabbed my files out of boxes and shoved them in the drawers the night before school started last year. EVERYTHING was mixed together and every time I wanted something I would have to search through all the files until I found it.

As I was pulling stuff out of the drawers I organized them into piles. I had piles for seasonal stuff, Language Arts, Math, etc.
 As I was doing this I found some "treasures!"

I am not sure what I am going to do with these but they are PERFECTLY cut circles in bright colors. Hmmm... maybe on a bulletin board or anchor chart.

 I also found this coloring book that made me itch immediately. It was an entire coloring book about lice.  I cannot even imagine handing this out and having my students color little lice guys. The next page shows lice glueing (with a glue bottle) their eggs to shafts of hair. UMMM No thank you!

Well after too many hours I finished. It was a way bigger project than I anticipated but everything is labelled and organized :)

Now I will be able to find my stuff without having to search!
For today's organizational freebie I am adding my sampler of Classroom Labels!

Next Getting Ready for Back to School post will be about me building shelves and creating a back to school bulletin board in the hallway.

If you missed my Getting Ready for Back to School - Day 1 post you can read it here.


Friday, 21 August 2015

Getting Ready for Back to School - Day 1

This year is a little different for me because I currently hold a Grade 2 position at my school but I want the Grade 4/5 position at my school that will be coming up soon. Long story short -- the way postings are done in my district I can no longer just internally transfer into the position and I have to apply for it. Postings go up on Monday (the 24th) so I will have to wait until the end of the week to find out what Grade I will be teaching.
I want to start getting my classroom ready but I don't know if I should be keeping all my primary stuff or switching it for my intermediate stuff. In the meantime I am going to be organizing stuff that didn't get done with the rush of last years back to school and the teacher strike. 

Step 1: Make a To Do list 
Step 2: Start working on it ...
On the last day of school I organized all the cabinets in my classroom (sorry I didn't take pictures) so that is done. Now I am on to the storage closet that is outside my room. 
The teacher who was in my classroom, retired and left me a ton of her stuff!!!! I moved schools and didn't have enough time to completely go through all of her stuff so I just shoved it on the shelves and closed the 

Yikes look at all that stuff :(

After I went through every box (my stuff and the retired teachers) this is what I ended up with :) Ahhh so organized.

There is some stuff left on the middle shelves but that is stuff that I don't want but isn't garbage. Hey, someone at the school might want it, just not me.

Step 3: Cross "organize storage room" off my To Do list. 

Step 4: Because I am organizing -- give everyone an organization freebie!!!! 

Here are some Monday - Friday labels 
I have this sitting near my desk and it is super helpful!!!
Check back soon for my next post in this series of Getting Ready for Back to School. Next time I tackle the filing cabinet. YIKES!



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