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Nibits for Newbies..5.15.16 WHAT ARE YOU PACKING?

If It’s SUNDAY

It MUST be time for

NIBITS for NEWBIES!

What am I packing?

NO! NOT “THAT!”

I mean…

WHAT ARE YOU

 PACKING IN BOXES

 FOR THE END 

OF THE SCHOOL YEAR??

Here is my list:

It’s ALL about ME!

What will I need the first week?

My TE’s…Sticky notes inside to remind my “aging” brain…what I INTEND to do!

What MATERIALS will I need to accomplish this?

USE THOSE STICKY NOTES INSIDE YOUR TE!

You will NOT remember months from now… what you are thinking about TODAY!

Use the next few weeks to make your NOTES!

Don’t forget…hide a few

 water bottles, mints, chocolate, and Tylenol

 for the first week back…FOR YOU!

Never know how that FIRST WEEK will go!

BE Prepared!

Student materials ( packets, papers, journals, etc ).

RUN THEM NOW!

( Nothing feels better than pulling out MUCH NEEDED

things…ALREADY DONE!)

Whew! SO glad I prepped these BEFORE school was out!!

Get some puzzles, games, blocks, etc. out.

THEY WILL NOT BE INDEPENDENT!

Have a few things ready so they can have “down time”…

while YOU are doing ONE-TO-ONE assessing!

You know you will HAVE TO…prepare for IT!

Last….MANY BOXES for centers, games, things you need to go through

LATER!

I know you NEED these..

BUT

You will “SURVIVE” looking at them LATER!

NO STRESS!

( YEAH, right!)

Prepare today…

after a RELAXING Summer…

the thought of coming back

and redoing everything in a day or two is

 EXCRUTIATING!

Breathe…relax…make your lists…stick to them…and PREP AWAY!

The payoff is HUGE!

Now…where did I pack that STAPLER?

* PS…I just found out I have three weeks to pack up

MY ENTIRE CLASSROOM!

I am getting NEW Carpet!

I am happy…I think!

PACK UP 26 years of stuff?

In 3 weeks?

EVERYTHING?

Time to PURGE!

( My Materials…HAHA)

I think I need a LOT MORE BOXES!

Hi HO..HI HO…It’s off to pack I go!

Nibits for Newbies..Spring Cleaning

If it’s SUNDAY..

It’s time for

Nibits for Newbies

This week’s theme…

SPRING  CLEANING!

Not  your house..not your closets..

It’s time to CLEAN YOUR CLASSROOM!

Now I don’t mean put on the gloves and scrub down the walls.

( Might not hurt to have some rags & cleaners though. )

So where, oh where, to begin?

YOUR  PAPER  FILES! UGH!

I know…start here.

I have been called many things..

PACK RAT,

KEEPER of EVERYTHING,

A “Professional” Piler..etc..etc…

But it’s time…time to

THROW  IT  AWAY!

Grab a JUMBO Garbage bag ( actually two )

and get started.

Here is my criteria:

If a paper can be printed from my computer

RECYCLE IT!

(I can always print another one!)

If I have NOT used it this year…

OR last year..I usually give myself two years..

TOSS IT!

 ( You won’t miss it..I promise!)

Clear out EVERYTHING..files, crates, BINDERS…

IT IS LIBERATING..and SCARY ( What if I need “that”? )

It’s on my computer..

that is NEXT!

Computer FILES!

I create file folders on my computer so I can find my documents fast & easy!

First I do  ELA  &  MATH

Then I do this:

ELA

..Qtr 1

…August/Sept/Oct

…Aug> Back to School

…Aug> CVC

….Aug> Handwriting

etc.etc. etc

I create folders within folders.

This way I can go directly to BACK TO SCHOOL

OR

WHAT AM I DOING IN AUGUST?

I can also go directly to Johnny Appleseed…

Same with MATH

…Qtr 1

…August/Sept/Oct

…Beg Year Assessments

…Numbers to ten

etc..etc..etc..

Takes a little time…BUT SO WORTH IT!

Then when I need the masters ( because I already RECYCLED  them)

voila! 🙂

SUPER  SUGGESTION…

Back UP all of your files on a memory stick!

Better SAFE than SORRY!

MATH MANIPULATIVES!

UGH!

My nemesis!

OK…reality check.

Do YOU have math manipulatives

YOU JUST DON’T USE?

The little teeny tiny ones some publisher somewhere thought kids age 6 would

LOVE to use?

( USE FOR WHAT? TEETHING..FLIPPING…THROWING???????)

BAG them, Pack them up, BOX them, STORETHEM AWAY!

I can teach most math lessons with a few cubes, white boards, & smartboard.

I don’t need 700 little beans!

GONE!

The “tissue paper” booklets SOMEONE thought my firsties would need to practice fact families!

(PUBLISHERS…little fingers need CARD STOCK!)

And so…away they go!

I try to keep this to ONE box.

Don’t want to store this either.

and LAST for today..

Classroom library!

Should be this…

Don’t let it go to this… 🙂

Can be messy!

Really take a look at WHAT KIDS ARE READING!

Old ones?  DONATE!

Torn ones?  FIX

Need to level? I suggest LEXILES!

( Redoing  mine this summer..We use DRA/Guided reading levels)

CCSS  is all about lexiles..

Learning As I Go! 🙂

And so ..a little cleaning will make your teacher heart happy!

There is MORE..under the cabinets, construction/ writing paper, the dreaded

Storage drawers…I really don’t know what’s in the BACK of those drawers!

And so on & so on!

Enjoy the weather..spend a little time each day…recycling

and HAPPY SPRING CLEANING!

It’s ALMOST here..Not Christmas…BTS

Are YOU ready?
Are your own kiddos ready?
Is your classrrom ready?
Sort of.
Well, Yes…sort of.
Writing Center folders are DONE!
( Kids will color & glue on covers….make them their OWN!)
Construction paper sorted & crated ( LOVE THIS!)
 CHECK!
(RAH…READ  AT  HOME  books leveled & sorted..More on these later)
CHECK!
Word Word  &  Fluency  Centers..ready!
(Details later…after kiddos get a chance to DIVE IN!)
CHECK!
And classroom  LIBRARIES
 ( YES..I said LIBRARIES..plural)   are ready!
(  Green  baskets  are leveled library ..bottom  tubs  are  AR   books )
ANOTHER classroom library by themes..on the other side of the room.
CHECK!
BUT…well…I am ready…sort of.
LESSON PLANS!   UGH!
The first week is so…..FLUID!
It’s so  “mixed up”!
I don’t know if I will be teaching reading, writer’s workshop,etc
I HOPE SO..BUT..it depends!
Will they get the rules?
Will they understand the procedures?
WILL I MAKE IT TO RECESS????
(Breathe)  OK….I will make it ( NO COFFEE )…
but..
LESSON PLANS!
OK  OK   I got that! 🙂
 Lesson Plan book..AM  left..PM  right  (  PM  is after  lunch )
I make the frame in PowerPoint ( anything that USUALLY doesn’t change).
ELD,Calendar,  Reading, Guided Reading, Partner Reading,
WHOLE CLASS ( We use CA Treasures)
Spelling, Phonics, Centers…..WHEW!
Then..LUNCH!
 FINALLY!
Read to Self, SPECIALS 🙂 , Math, Guided Math,
 Social Studies, Science, Author’s Chair, DISMISS!
WOW!  What a Great  Day! 🙂
Here’s my REAL one…pencil scratch…gotta be FLEXIBLE!
OK…I think I’m ready!
SORT OF! 🙂
Enjoy the end of YOUR SUMMER!
Get ready..SORT OF!  🙂
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Are YOU ready?

One Step Foreword…Two Steps BACK!

Today I went back to school. IT WAS A MESS!!! I haven’t been back since the last day of school. I am very fortunate that I don’t have to move classrooms. I have been in this room for 12 years. I just clean up after the last day “celebrations” and LEAVE!   But…eventually, you have to return. Today was the day!

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It’s going to take a few days to rearrange desks, set out materials, clean up centers, etc. Today, I spent mostly on book tubs! I now have “leveled” books from DRA 1-10 ( for independent book boxes.  I also have 4 leveled AR ( Accellerated Reader ) tubs. I leveled them 0-0.9 , 1.0-1.9 , 2.0-2.9 , and 3.0-3.9.  They have between 20-25 books in each tub. I am thinking my higher readers will be able to begin AR sometime within the first month. Then I organized my classroom library into 24 “theme” related tubs ( animals, Halloween, October, etc.).  WOW!  I now have 3  seperate libraries!  HOW TO KEEP THEM STRAIGHT?  I will show you as I complete the next phase.

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Well…I am off to work on labels…   I can’t have a library without labels!  Stay tuned for the next chapter in the “LIBRARY FIX” !  This time it will be two steps forward…..NO STEPS BACK! 🙂

Wendy    1stgradefireworks