Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tip Tuesday-Keep it Simple

 It's time for Tip Tuesday at the Balanced Classroom. The linky part of  last Tip Tuesday didn't go so well.....LOL, but I'm trying again.

  My philosophy this year is going to be "keep it simple". I'm going to make a conscious effort to look where I can trim to reserve my time for intervention and instruction planning. Last week I shared my solution to keeping track of  helpers each week.

 This week I'm sharing a back to school tip. Most of us greet our children with some type of Welcome Bag. I trimmed my welcome bag last year to a few items and shortened the greeting to keep it simple, but cute.

 I purchased little white bags from Pat Catan.

 I put it  Smarties, Hugs,  Starbursts, Pencil, and Eraser. I stapled the Welcome Paper to the outside. I made the Welcome Paper colorful, but kept the wording simple. You can click below to download a copy. Link up a Back to School Tip below. 

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Tip Tuesday

Here at the Balanced Classroom I'm trying to hold myself accountable to post consistently and provide helpful information for my fellow educators. I decided to create Tip Tuesday and invite you to join me in sharing tips for other teachers. The tips can be about anything useful you've discovered or that you do in the classroom. It can be a classroom management tip, classroom set up tip, teaching tip, etc.

  My very first Tuesday Tip is something I've done for the last two years that has eased some busy work for me.

  I used to have classroom jobs with helpers assigned to each job for the week. This required keeping track of who did what job to make sure everyone had a turn. At the suggestion of one my colleagues, I tried something to simplify this.

As most of you do, I assign numbers for each child in my classroom. So I found this cute monster clip art at Scrappin Doodles and used Photoshop to put numbers on each chalkboard.

I bought open metal rings at a craft store and after laminating each monster,  I punched a hole in each. I put all the odd numbered monsters on one ring and the even on another.

 I hung the two rings on metal magnetic hooks. The first week of school my helpers are numbers 1 & 2.  I only have two helpers each week that do everything.( pass papers out, run errands, etc.) The next week I just flip the next two helpers over. It is quick and easy!

What tips do you have to share?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Heatin' Up on Freebie Friday

Wow! It's a hot one today in Ohio! It's a good day to stay in the air condition, so I'm working on planning for the new school year.  We're fully implementing the new common core standards this year along with a new state teacher evaluation process. Needless to say, a lot of change going on. 

  To prepare for this year, I've created organizers to either use as a teaching tool or an assessment of the Reading Literature and Information Text Standards. Along with each standard I've created a coordinating I Can Learning Target to post during the lesson.

 I'm sharing an organizer and learning target for this week's Freebie Friday at TBA. Enjoy and Stay Cool!

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