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Lesson Plan Revamp

40HTW, Google Drive, Organized Teaching, Planning, Schedule, SMARTboard

I’m revamping the way I do my weekly lesson plans.  In an effort to lessen the amount of time it takes me to lesson plan, I’m utilizing something that I already create for my students to create my new lesson plan format. Previously I had rather fancy-schmancy plans.  For years I’d been creating visual plans  using Microsoft Word, tables, visuals, and a variety of fonts.  The system worked well for me, but it was time consuming.  I even created copy…

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I {heart} Google Calendar

Organized Teaching, Technology

I was reluctant to get on the GOOGLE Bandwagon.  It was mostly Google Drive’s fault. I just couldn’t dream of giving up Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  For two years I missed out on the wonderful opportunities that Google Apps provide not only to users on an individual level, but also the powerful opportunities they provide for collaborative groups (teachers, administration, staff)!  I still use my Microsoft Office Suite programs.  But I also use Google Apps.  A LOT! Today’s post is…

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Meacham’s Store

Organized Teaching

My classroom has been referred to as “Meacham’s Store” — and for good reason! I like to be prepared, and my preparedness helps others in need.  I’m most notorious for being able to provide a disposable contact lens to a teacher who lost one of her contact lenses. It fit, and was a pretty close match to her prescription!  Here are a few items that I keep on hand – which have proven to be helpful to not only my students and me,…

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Clean Slate, Fresh Start

Classroom Design, Organized Teaching, Planning

Ever need a “redo” in your life?  We’re lucky that we get a “redo” every new school year. One of my favorite things to “redo” is room arrangement.  For room arrangement I consider, traffic flow, work spaces, and teaching spaces. The room is always emptied every summer when the floors get scrubbed and waxed.  It’s a great time to consider room arrangement.  I consider what went well the previous year, and what needs to change.  There really is only one…

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