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Students will have 4 pencils at a time in their pocket. They will get 2 sharp ones in the morning, and they can exchange as needed througout the day. At the end of the day, they makes sure all their pencils are in their pockets. Then, I'll sharpen everyone's before the next morning. I am trying this for 2 reasons 1) I can't stand kids getting up to sharpen pencils all day! 2) I don't want kids to use my electric pencil sharpener, because well, they don't last as long!

POST -IT NOTE LESSON PLAN BOOK!!-used small post-it notes to note the math topic (blue), reading story (pink), related AR tests (orange), and week info (yellow).  I didn't want to put any of that info on the book permanently.  I used light blue for math, pink for reading, and green for other (writing, science, and social studies).  The teal color is for specific standards, objectives, essential questions, etc.

These are the student portfolios I keep during the school year.  I put important paperwork, progress reports, daily work, etc. in each of the student's portfolio.  To keep the papers divided by month I have the students color each cardstock paper divider and then place it into their portfolio

I store my lesson plans in a 1 inch binder and stand it up on a stand.  That way it keeps things from laying all over my desk. Click Here to Download My Lesson Plan Template

Around December the name tags on the student desks start to look horrible. They start peeling up and coming off. I take them off the desks and the students just use the number on the back of their chair to know where they sit.

Where Are We? Whenever we leave our classroom to go somewhere else in the building, a student moves the clip to where we are.  Example: When we go to the media center, the clip is moved to media center.  When we come back to our class, the clip is moved back to here.  The chart hangs outside our door to help others easily find us.  These where are we charts are a school-wide thing.  Every teacher has one outside his or her room.