Making Beautiful Plans with Planbook.com

Tips for color-coding a beautiful and easy-to-read online plan book.
I've been using Planbook.com for a couple of years now and I just love everything about it. From attaching the printables I use every year, to linking websites we'll need in a lesson, to setting up templateseverything about this site is convenient and saves me a great deal of time when lesson-planning.

And it's beautiful.
(Which is important to many of us, isn't it?)

Keeping Track of Everything with Checklists

As teachers, we often joke about the "things they didn't teach us in college". From classroom management systems to organizational techniques, teaching can get pretty overwhelming.

There is just so much more to do than "teaching" the class. We must keep track of EVERYTHING going on in our classrooms.

And I've always found this to be one of my greatest challenges. Keeping track of everything—keeping my finger on the pulse of my classroom. 

Halloween Table Settings for Busy Teachers

It seems like we are busier and busier each year, doesn't it? More tests to score, data to track, work to differentiate...the list just never ends.

And that busy schedule can make it hard for me to plan special events for my class. Yet I want to make those holidays memorable for my students, like the holidays I remember from when I was in elementary school.

Do you feel the same way? 

If so, I'd like to share a few time-saving printables that will dress up a festive and fun Halloween table in no time!

Organizing with Color: Extra Supplies

 
Hello dear friends! These beginning weeks have just flown by and today I realized I haven't stopped to share any classroom pictures! I hope to post a classroom tour very soon but, in the meantime, I wanted to share a quick idea that has been working very well for our class.

You know that beautiful moment that happens so often in our classrooms? The one where all of your students are happily immersed in a project and you can just feel all the creative energy flowing? It's the best, isn't it? But sometimes that creativity can be interrupted by searching for supplies...

Saving Time on Classroom Setup


Over the years, I have always flown into school as early as I possibly could, the moment those floors were waxed (sometimes even having to test the floor's stickiness with a toe...shhh!!!). And so would begin days and days of classroom setup.

I would work feverishly, obsess over all the little design details, and keep coming back to do more. I just LOVE setting up my classroom each year. But I found I was doing more and more each summer because I had given myself the time to do so...I was starting way too early. Then, last summer, my sister and I had quite the challenge. We had to move everything out of her old classroom at a different school, set up a classroom in her new school, then set up my entire classroom (to my picky, type-A specifications). It was a LOT of work for us last summer...and I really regretted not taking the time to prep things more in advance so I didn't have to spend quite so many days in school.
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