List of 30 procedures to remember to teach at the start of the year. Good list even for veteran teachers.
Homework bingo - If they turn in their homework for that morning they get to write their name on any square. On friday's I will pull out two bingo chips...and whatever names are on that square they will be able to pick out of the treasure box.
Tape a large straw to the cover of notebook to hold pencil
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
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.
@Jill Houck!!!! Missing Parts Bucket: We all know that throughout the day students find things around our classrooms and then feel the need to show us! We have a missing parts bucket. Anytime the students find something and do not know where it goes, they place it in the bucket. At the end of the week, I will put away anything that is in the bucket.