February 16, 2011

Vacation Anticipation...and making lists!

I swear I must be crazy. In two days we are on February break. And I can't wait...so I can work on teaching things!!! Please tell me I'm not alone in this (I know there's no way I can be, with all of the fantastic things you all are always blogging about).

You should see me just before summer vacation. Of course I'm looking forward to sleeping late, drinking tons of coffee, going to the mountains, etc. But, most of all, I LOVE LOVE LOVE to work on projects and lessons! I already have my plans for this summer. And a million different things I want to do for next week.

Can you tell I'm getting a bit out of control?

To help myself calm down and focus, I talked to one of the most organized and efficient teachers I know at my school. She's awesome. She told me how important it is for her to have lists to keep focused.

I know she's right, but I've always been on-again, off-again with lists.

So here is my renewed attempt at lists. I think this will work for me. They are small enough to be used for each day/week (and the list won't look too overwhelming!). I'm going to clip them to my planning book. I made four to a sheet and tried to space them out evenly, so only two cuts are needed.

Then I had to use a bunch of different kids...because I just love variety! They print out nicely in grayscale too, if you want to save your colored ink.

So here's the To Do list.



Teacher's To Do...



And I'm dying to know--who else in teachers-blogging-paradise loves making things and planning on vacation??

Please don't leave me out here alone! :/

12 comments:

  1. I plan all of the time too :)

    I think I will print these out and leave them out for my firsties... wonder what they think I need to do?!?! lol

    Jennifer

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  2. I am so looking forward to this break, so I have a chance to work on my "freelance" teacher stuff. I have a book due March 1st to my editor!

    This summer I plan on organizing my materials and changing the decor of my classroom.

    I always keep paper and a pen near me to jot down "To do's."

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love making things whenever I have time! I've already copied one of your ideas ;) check it out tomorrow!

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  4. I love my to do list, I even bought a cute pink folder with my initial to keep my list. About two months before summer I start one for what to do for next year and the summer.

    http://mrsguntoriusclass.blogspot.com/

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  5. To me, that's the best part of being on break! Call me crazy, but I love spending endless hours making my ideas come to life!

    And what is this February Break you speak of??


    http://frogsandcupcakes.blogspot.com/

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  6. Me, for sure! My day planner is binder clips of lists of lists. I even get my students to make my lists when they ask me for something. They know if they want comic paper, for example, that they need to write it on a post-it and stick it to my lesson plans...my go-to for my to-do list making after school. I'm very, very, very much looking forward to Monday (we only get 1 day off) and tackling some projects I've got on the go. Happy Vacation!

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  7. I'm right there with you! I have 3 to-do lists started at school for things to do on my 4 day weekend. Crazy, I know. And the sad thing is I won't get them all done. :( But that's life with a 4 year old and a million things to do! Enjoy your week off. I am jealous!

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  8. I LOVE LISTS! I make them for everything. And I too spend much of my time off in the summer planning, organizing, and creating for school. But the work we put in during our time off really makes life easier when we're at work. Sometimes I feel a little obsessed with school stuff. I like think it just means I'm a fabulous teacher.=)

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  9. I find myself always making lists. I definitely want to steal your files, however it hasn't worked for me all day. :( Is there any way you can email them to me: creganae@pwcs.edu

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  10. I love the list idea, but I too was unable to download the file. Message don't have permission to view came up in googledoc.
    Thanks for your help and enjoy your vacation!!

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  11. aaargh...googledocs is driving me crazy lately!

    Does it work now?

    So nice to hear from you all! I love that there are so many of us out there! :)

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  12. Thank you for sharing your blog! I am awarding you the Stylish Blogger Award! http://love2learnandshare.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

    Dana

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