Saturday, October 17, 2015

Classroom Organization: Curriculum Binder Organization


If you have been a reader for any amount of time, you know that I love my binders!! When Indiana decided to adopt the CCSS, I started organizing my math binders to match those standards. There were so many CCSS resources out there, that I had no problem finding organization tools. I even did a post about several resources that could be used.

Before I could get my 6th grade binders done, the state decided not to adopt CCSS and to do our own standards. I would say that 95% of the new Indiana standards are identical to the CCSS, so I was able to use some of the same materials.

Of course, I needed to make all new covers for my binders.


Then I made cover sheets that listed all the standards for each strand.


Then I made tabs for each of the standards.


Behind each of the tabs are the following:

Our district has a wonderful math team and they put a great document together that broke down the standard plus gave 10-15 sample problems.


I would use these problems to create my tests.


I would then usually create a packet that we would work through. 

Sometimes I would use pages from teacher books.


Other times I would make my own packets if I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. 


Lastly, I would include any pages that could be used for homework.


Each of the sections have way more material than I can ever use, but that means I don't have to hunt for more materials for intervention time.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Classroom Organization: Taming that Paper Pile


For years, I would end up with a pile of ungraded papers that was a mile high.  This year I finally found what works for me!

This paper tray was used for many different things over the years and this year I decided to re-purpose it!

I don't collect math homework because it is for practice. I want the students to be able to ask questions about the problems they had difficulty with the night before which can't happen if I collect their homework. They do get credit for the homework, but it is based purely on completion.

I do collect science and social studies homework and of course I have tests and quizzes to grade.


The trays sit on the corner of my desk. I made mini signs, printed them on cardstock, laminated them and then attached them with double sided tape (use this all the time in my classroom!).

I use the top tray for tests and quizzes because I allow the students to make corrections to those and it is really easy for them to just drop the corrected papers on top.

I think being able to see exactly how many papers I have to grade for each subject area keeps me from putting off the grading (I don't know about you, but that is top on my list of things I don't like to do!!) and getting a pile a mile high.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Classroom Organization: Daily Work


As most of you know, I teach two different grades. I need a way to keep all my papers organized and I think I finally found the way!

I found this Rubbermaid organizer on clearance at Staples, but it was the only one they had. An associate looked in the system and none of the other local stores had any. So I hunted on eBay and found another one (LOVE that place!!).


I wanted to decorate the front, so I created a sign to fit across the front.  The front is about 13.5 inches, so I had to print two pieces of paper and glue them together. I didn't want a create in the top layer, so I have to make it 10.5 inches to leave room around the edge where the ink wouldn't print.


I glued the label on to the pattern paper and then cut out the dip on top.



I laminated it and then used double sided tape to adhere it to the organizer.


Inside the colored folders are classwork papers and homework.


I put the student's papers in horizontal (since there are more of them) and the answer key behind the papers going vertical. This helps to separate the papers within the folder.


Behind the colored folder is a manila folder that holds my unit tests.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Real Teachers of Blog County



When you go to blogs you usually see classrooms that look perfect! We'd all like you to believe that our classrooms look that way all the time. Ha ha, I wish! Whenever I take pictures of my classroom, I make sure to straighten everything up so it looks perfect!  I've even gone back into my classroom during a school break to take a better picture of something because I didn't like the way it looked.

This is the way my classroom normally looks...


This is my teacher area. I try to keep myself organized with all my binders,  but I never find time to re-file my papers. This picture was taken the first day of fall break when I took 2 days to straighten it all back up again.  I don't think it has been this bad again...it only took me a couple of hours to straighten up during winter break.

There is hope for me yet, with 1.5 weeks into this quarter everything still looks pretty good!!


If you want to see more "hidden secrets" go to Second Grade is Out of this World and check out what everyone has posted!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Interior Angles of Triangles and Quadrilaterals



We started our lesson by taking down notes in our interactive foldable graphic organizer. I project the notes on the overhead screen for them to copy. I then put a printed copy of the poster on my bulletin board.



Next I gave them this sheet of triangles and quadrilaterals and they colored in each of the corners.


The next step was to prove that the interior angles of a triangle were 180 degrees and 360 degrees for a quadrilateral.  The students tear of the corners of the shapes and put them together to form 180 or 360 degree combined angles, thus proving the angle sum theorem.


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