Friday, December 28, 2012

My First Linky Party!

I am trying out my first linky party with Second Grade Shenanigans! She is doing a linky party about New Year's Resolutions and today is all about organization.

As a teacher, I find that I actually make most of my new year's resolutions in August when the new school year begins.  Do you do this also?  This year's resolution was in fact organization! I am not the most organized person (meaning I am not organized at all) and it was becoming so frustrating!  With all of the increases in expectations this year (more meetings, more data analysis, more assessments, more paperwork, and so on!) I knew that if I didn't do something I was going to go out of my mind!  So this year, I put together my Teacher Notebook and now I can't live without it!

This is my teacher notebook: just a basic 3 ring binder (but it is huge!).

It includes a divider for all of the important things that I need at our school.

 I keep all of my data on my students here, my class lists, class schedules, passwords, everything!  And it goes with me to every meeting...that way I can refer back to the things I need if I am in an important meeting about a student.

I also have a binder for my lesson plans that would include everything that a sub would need (another copy of my class list, schedule, bus list, etc) I found that I keep my Teacher Notebook with me so often that it wouldn't be at school when I had to get an emergency sub (not to mention that I was uneasy about keeping so much student data available for a sub). Sorry, I don't have a picture of that notebook but it is very similar.

I am a binder person so all of my master files are also in binders.  I think it is so much easier to contain it all and look for it all when it is in a binder.  So all of my master copies are organized into binders for each subject area that I teach.

The only other thing that I have been organizing is my computer.  I have organized all of my files and pictures into folders so that I can find it easily.  I have even organized Pinterest!!  lol  How bad is that?  I have become so addicted, I have found that I can't find anything on a generic math or reading board, so now I have individual boards for addition/subtraction, time/money, phonics, comprehension, etc.  SO much better!

Next up...YouTube.  Do you use YouTube like I do?  We use it just about every day (that or some other type of music).  I need to organize it better into some good playlists.

How do you organize?

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