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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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First Month of School Planning

Planning

It’s the night before the first day of school.  I’m in front of my computer right now, planning.  I’m trying a few different things this year, in hopes of accomplishing more, and remembering what it is that I want to accomplish the first days, weeks, month of school! New:  SMARTboard Schedule ♦ Evernote To-Do Lists ♦ Anchor Chart Pre-Prep    Download or View First Week of School SMARTboard File I still use already-established practices that help me to get ready for the…

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Mentor Books

Mentor Texts, Planning

Our classroom has over 2,000 books in it.  They are well used throughout the year.  In addition to using these books we also utilize books from our school library as well as books from the Door County Libraries.  I love their online book request system.  I choose up to 15 books to reserve and they are all sent to one library of my choice for pick up!  Yay for easy-peasy! The problem I started having with using so many books,…

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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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