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WAHOO! Summer vacation. The Beach. Family BBQ’s. R&R.
BUT, WAIT! NOT YET! First I need to pack up my classroom so I can find the things I need when we come back. Back to School is crazy enough without me NOT being able to find my MOST needed items! ( Where is MY stapler???)
Are YOU packing up your classroom?
What am I packing?
What is on my classroom packing list?
Here is my list:
It’s ALL about ME! What will I need the first week?
Teacher Editions and Lesson Plan Book
My Teacher Editions & Lesson Plan Book. I need them to plan for the first weeks.
Mostly Routines and Daily schedules. (Work on THIS before VACATION!)
Sticky notes inside to remind my “aging” brain…what I INTEND to do!
What MATERIALS will I need to accomplish this? What lesson to focus on those first weeks? What went well? What didn’t?
USE THOSE STICKY NOTES INSIDE YOUR TE!
You will NOT remember months from now… what you are thinking about TODAY!
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!
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.
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! 🙂