I mentioned that this is one of my tips to do at the end of the school year for the next year, and if you haven’t already preprinted your BOY assessments and copies for F&P/DRA you should definitely consider doing so before the year starts! Nothing is worse than sitting down to do a running record and realize you don’t have any copies of the Level A fiction book form.
Create a binder with a tab for each child to house notes on math, literacy, and social emotional development. If I notice a child struggling with a concept/skill or a child who is especially proficient at a skill already, I jot a note down in his/her section. This helps tremendously when I sit down to do small group plans or pick differentiated activities. It’s also a great tool when conference/report card time comes and you need to write comments!
This is also a great place to keep running records/F&P/DRA assessments. Anytime I call a parent I also put a note on the coordinating page (math/literacy/social emotional) to keep track of parent contact. This record is so nice to have whenever something not so positive happens.
This one I’m still working on, but I’m getting better! For anyone who is new to the classroom (or maybe even if you aren’t), being indecisive is a surefire way to kill your momentum when getting ready for the school year. Let’s make a pact together that we will all make a decision and take action without pondering every single detail or outcome.
Here’s are a few more great tips from friends of The Teaching Texan!
Cat H.: My favorite tip is to have my room set up before the pre-service week. My principal always has tons of meetings that week and I never have time to finish.
Chrissy S.: Make a few extra new student folders at the beginning of the year when you are making them so that you have them pre-made if you get a new student later in the year.
Karen C. from Planet Happy Smiles: My tip is keep your take home bag out and ready during those I service days so you can put anything inside that you can do at home watching Netflix. Focus on the things you can only do at school first.
Stephanie T.: have a 1-31 folder to place papers/items that I am going to teach on that day. So when Sept 2 rolls around, for example, I go to folder 2 and pull all my materials for that day. Easy to organize and helps me store materials I have ready ahead of time.
Bess G: I mark the spines of our journals with different duct tape (color coded by subject) so they are easier to identify in student cubbies.