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What grade do you teach? 7th Grade Math and I absolutely love it. If I were to teach anything else it would probably be 6th grade math. Math is definitely my favorite subject to teach. I taught 6th grade my first 7 years of teaching and I taught everything, except science which is my least favorite subject. I blame my college biology professor from turning me off from science for life.
What was the greatest advice I received during my first year of teaching? I don't remember any specific advice as my first year was a LONG time ago. I do remember getting lots of great ideas from other teachers I taught with. I also remember what a blast I had with my class and my coworkers my first year of teaching. We had so so much fun! I used an incentive system called privilege points (two of my team members had this system) and my kids would do ANYTHING if it meant they got privilege points. It was a great classroom incentive system.
Do you have a checklist you follow when preparing your classroom? I did a blog post on the After School Routine I try to follow everyday so I come to school the next morning all set to teach. As far as getting my room set up for a new year I have a much more extensive list that would probably overwhelm you as i overwhelms me every August when I look at in and see what I still have to do. I will do a post on that soon. I find having a list is extremely helpful so you don't forget the "little things" that are so important. I will tell you that my categories for my list are:
- Bulletin Boards/Decor
- Organization (think of looking around your classroom at every single piece of furniture or space you decorate and make a list of what needs to be done
- Hook-ups (of the electronic variety)
- Summer Projects
- Lesson Planning
What are some must haves in your classroom that you cannot live without? First and foremost would be my SMARTBoard. I love my organization systems like using Day Files for materials that need to be handed out and Class Hour Files for keeping track of absent work. I also could not live without my two Paper Sorters for organizing all the paper copies I make. I cannot live without my Lesson Plan book to keep me on track with my pacing. If we have a half day or some type of assembly I put a post-it note on that day so when I go to write my lesson plans, I realize we have a schedule change. I have found that keeping my previous year's lesson plan book is an invaluable resource to watch my pacing and also I always put notes in my book after teaching a lesson if something needs to be modified or if it took more or less time than planned. That is so helpful when planning the next school year. This year my old lesson plan book with not be helpful at all because we have a brand new curriculum we will be following so nothing will be the same. In this post you will see photos of my Lilly Notebooks. I take either the small or large one to every meeting I go to if I do not bring a computer with me. Who says school supplies can't be adorable?! I also love am very particular about what I write with. I am very particular about my writing the writing utensils I use in my classroom.
|I cannot express the depth of my love for Flair pens.|
|I have the twelve pack, but now I want those other 6 markers!|
|Pink and turquoise are my faces, big surprise. ;)|