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  • 1. Su al…ful Year! rviv ss for a S ucce s& Tricks r Lassite he Year Tip Pre ann M. se V ft nted by onal Teacher gi o rtheas t NC Re o 2011 N
  • 2. What are your goals? On a post-it-note, write what you hope to gain from today’s presentation.
  • 3. Objective: By the conclusion of this presentation we will share tips and tricks to help organize ourselves, our classrooms, and our students.
  • 4. WHY?   Teachers and students spend more time on-task   Behavior issues & discipline problems are reduced   Organized classrooms produce organized minds (i.e. less stress)   If you don’t plan…THEY will (i.e. I would rather manage than discipline!)
  • 5. What’s my name? Create a nameplate for your desk. It should include your name written in any style and a small picture which represents your mood, hobbies, or personality. Be creative!
  • 6. Daily Procedures “Ideal hands are the devil’s tools.” Post everything…   Objectives   Homework   Key dates   Activities   Schedules   Rules   Student Work / Pictures   A clock
  • 7. Daily Procedures Students Love Consistency!   Begin each class with a “bell ringer” or “warm-up.”   Don’t take class time to take attendance…be creative!   Layout materials in a specific spot (i.e. on the bookcase).   Set HIGH expectations and don’t back down!   Reward when necessary.
  • 8. Model…Model…Model! What should I model?
  • 9. Daily Procedures Everyone say, “OOOOOOOOO.” Assign each student a “lucky number.” Use them for…  Books  Alphabetizing tests & materials  Lining up (in elementary school)  Dividing students into groups  Asking questions orally  Helps with gradebook entry  Clickers and other equipment
  • 10. Daily Procedures Create a “student section” in your room.  Pens/Pencils  Sharpener  Hole punch  “Turn In” Station  Stapler Don’t sweat the small stuff!
  • 11. Daily Procedures Establish entrance and exit procedures (i.e. bathroom, office, water, tardies, telephone).  Passbooks  Sign-Out Sheets  Hall Badges  Practice telephone etiquette
  • 12. Setting the Tone Get to know your students immediately…more than just their names!  Have students create personal nameplates.  Create seating charts…label assigned seats before students arrive.  Take roll later…begin class with an activity! Incorporate roll taking into the lesson.  Know what makes them tick and celebrate the small stuff (birthdays, winnings, positions, etc.).
  • 13. “Right or wrong, accurate or not, your reputation will precede you.”
  • 14. Forming Groups  Establish “group rules.”  Introduce the “appointment clock.”  Pull a Card (each card has similar picture and groups are formed evenly)  Group by birthday month  Use UNO cards (similar numbers work together)  Famous Pairs (EX: Fred and Wilma or Rudy and Bill Cosby)  Puzzle Pieces
  • 15. Calling On Students…   “Who’s on deck?”   Pull the Popsicle Stick (i.e. the Lucky Number Concept)   Clothes Pins   Students Select Students (i.e. the one who answers picks the next person)   Think-Pair-Share   Use dry erase boards / laminated paper (i.e. raise your answer in the air)   Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down (i.e. “Seven Up”)   Popcorn
  • 16. Transition Signals  Create a saying such as “Hey – Ho”  5-4-3-2-1  Use music  Use a buzzer/bell  “When the hand goes up…the mouth goes shut.”  No Lights = Silence  Create “thumb’s up” and “thumb’s down” cards  Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light…STOP!
  • 17. “Early in my career I felt that organization would destroy my creativity. Whereas now, I feel the opposite. Discipline is the concrete that allows you to be creative.” ~Verna Gibson
  • 18. Handling Papers Teachers Go Through Mounds of Paper…Handle It Once! Establish a place for students to turn in/pick up assignments...   File drawers   Crates with folders   Large baskets   Mailboxes   Magazine racks   Hanging clips on the side of student desks   Clipboards (good for class outside)
  • 19. Color Code Files…  Use different folders for each assignment.  Use folders or notebooks for originals and parent documentation.  Select a different color for each subject or period.  Color code by rows.  Create an “end of year” folder using a “special folder.”  Establish folders for each day of the week. Great for substitutes!
  • 20. Example of Parent Contact Log
  • 21. Handling Papers Work smarter…Not harder!   Have students   Establish a “new highlight their names student” file. There on assignments. is always one late arrival.   Try a rolodex file folder when traveling   Use magnets to with papers. place missing work on the side of   Use hanging folders student desks or to for student portfolios. the board.
  • 22. Handling Papers Work smarter…Not harder!   Assign students as   Designate a “The Catcher” to help student as the students who were “super filer.” absent.   If you haven’t   Designate 1 day a looked at a paper in week as “feedback more than a year, day” to return papers. throw it away.
  • 23. Handling Papers “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” ~ Roosevelt   Laminate a copy of your class roster. Use and reuse it.   Save copies electronically. Create a computer filing system. Have a back-up copy.   Label everything.
  • 24. Grade books & Plan books   Establish a grading/recording system that works for you.   Use eSIS and print copies.   Use a physical gradebook.   Organize by students first name   Use online help (mygradebook, quia, etc.)   You don’t have to grade everything!   Plan your way – use planbooks, a spiral notebook, PowerPoint, or MS Word.   Leave with a clean desk.
  • 25. “Don't agonize. Organize.” ~Florence Kennedy
  • 26. Let’s Share… In a group of three or four, share organizational strategies you currently use in your classroom and their effectiveness AND/OR strategies you learned today you wish to incorporate in your class.
  • 27. The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Learn In College
  • 28. “The Bottom Line”   Be flexible…do what works for you!   Steal…Borrow…Reinvent from the best!   Have a sense of humor!   It’s okay to make mistakes! It’s never too late to start over!
  • 29. “The Bottom Line”   Make the custodians and secretarial staff your friends!   Buy a large scrapbook…cherish the memories!   Take some time for yourself…as much as you want to please your students, parents, administrators, you must please yourself!
  • 30. QUESTIONS?