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 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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