Binders, Duotangs, Notebooks & Homework: A Teacher’s Sept. Time Saver!
Ok … so really it’s July & I can’t believe that I am thinking about September already … ugh … I must really “love” my job … 😉 (… or at the very least be super devoted).
Anyway, September is a busy, busy time of year … & no matter how many years one has been teaching for, or how prepared one is there always seems to be more to do …. but that’s just teaching for you!
In an effort to “stay connected”, what follows is a checklist that I refer to about one week before school starts. I keep it close by (right on hand) in order to make my “house keeping” run more smoothly.
& So … if you were a fly on my classroom wall you would see the following checklist (posted “proudly”) in an effort to keep myself in check.
Binders, Duotangs & Notebooks
- Binder#1: French Binder
- Binder#2: Test Binder
- Binder#3: Literature
Duotangs & Subjects (w/pockets – each student must have the same colour):
- Orange: Math
- Purple: Library
- Yellow: Literature
- Red: Unfinished work (1 pocket) & Fun Book (1pocket)
- Green: Science
- Blue: Social Studies
- Black: Homework Folder
- White: Reading Response
Notebooks (each student must have the same colour):
- Home Journal (pink)
- Learning Log (blue)
- Math (grid) (green)
- Math Dictionary (green)
- Math Pop Quiz (grid)(yellow)
- Student Portfolios
- MATH: EVERY NIGHT
- LANGUAGE: EVERY NIGHT
- READ& RECORD: EVERY NIGHT
- PARAGRAPH OF THE WEEK: (due dates)
- MONDAY: ASSIGNMENT DISCUSSION
- TUESDAY:GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
- WEDNESDAY:ROUGH DRAFT
- FRIDAY: GOOD COPY
- BOOK REPORT: 1 PER TERM
- HOME JOURNAL: EVERY FRIDAY
- SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: 2X A WEEK
- MUSIC: EVERY NIGHT
- TEACH & TELL: 1 PER TERM
Related Tips — before the first day:
1. Give every student a number. In this way, when novel “#4” has gone missing, or has been found in the hall you will know who to go to.
2. Make a ton of labels with students’ names. These can be stuck onto duotangs, bins, binders, pencil boxes, etc.
3. Buy one cutlery tray for every desk. Put bulky pencil boxes to one side and use these fantastic organizers instead!
4. Pool all resources (e.g. notebooks, glue sticks, binders, pencils, etc.) Everyone has been required to bring the exact same supplies to school on the first day. Divide them up as necessary. (This is so much easier than sending everyone to their bins to get “a glue stick” all at once!)
5. Colour code/coordinate all books (e.g. all Home Journals are pink, all Science duotangs are green). This is a great organizational strategy.
6. Always be prepared for a new student(s). Make “one extra” of everything. This will save you time (and anxiety(!)) when you discover at 9:10AM on a Thursday morning that “Shelly” will be joining your class!