Whew! Spring Break is O.V.E.R.! I walked into my room this morning to a brand-spankin' new Polyvision board...love it!!! However, I also walked in to find the mess I left behind in my rush to "get everything out of the way of the installation crew". Yikes! Everything was taken off one whole wall, laid all over the room, and piled especially high on my guided reading table. Of course, I didn't have copies ready either, because I planned my lessons last night (whooo's fault is that?), so I opted for copies over cleaning, deciding I can teach in a mess, but not without materials.
I'm linking up with Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics for Monday Made It tonight.
I managed to make a few things to share with you, and also wanted to share some things I regularly use in my classroom to
Classroom Made It #1
Dollar Flap Book
Classroom Made It #2
Animal Field Journals
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Organization Made It
My Dojo Class
I'm probably the last one on earth to have not heard of this before, but just in case, I set up my class in Class Dojo last night, and introduced my babies to how to get their mojo with class dojo today. Y'all, it's like a miracle in action! I just showed them the little video, and then started giving points for behaviors, like participation, being on task, making a 3-F line (feet in one green floor tile, face front, finger over lips), saving time, helping others, being neat, etc. And, yes, there are negatives, too...I had only one little one who ended the day with a negative 1. You can take points for being off task, wasting time, being messy, interrupting, etc. In fact, you can set up any positive or negative points you want. It's magical...
Organization Make it Every Week
Do y'all know about planbookedu.com? It ROCKS! It's an online planbook that allows you to set up your lesson plans in customizable templates AND share them with co-workers, friends, your boss, etc. You can choose to show common core standards, your state standards, custom standards, or none at all. You can set it up to go days across, or days down. you can add as many "periods" as you want. You can color-code your small groups, add attachments, websites links, and SO MUCH MORE! This is the one tool I can not live without. If I get off track, I can even bump my plans forward a day, put ideas in the cubby (on the side) to use later, and constantly monitor and adjust what actually happened in a day, so that the next day's plans are right. You can get a FREE account or upgrade for more options. If you haven't heard of it, check it out at http://www.planbookedu.com. I promise, you will fall right in love!
Last Made It...Still in progress...
I'm thinking of updating my webpage, and got started with this. What do y'all think? Better? Cuter? Don't Care? Let me know, 'cause it's kinda fun, and I might be able to teach y'all how to do it, if I can figure it out for myself first!
So there it is. My Monday is over, my room is still a wreck, but we got our mojo on, and we're lovin' life!
I hope you learned something new from me tonight...I'm usually the learner in blog-land!