May 25, 2013

Classroom Organization

I'm linking up with Ladybug's Teacher Files & Fun in 4B to share a little about what has saved me in the organization department this year. I spent five years in the same classroom, I had my routines, processes & organization all figured out. But this year, I switched to a new school, meaning new room, new routines, and the need for new organization. Here are a few of my favorite organization tips & tools.
This little area on my desk is the command center.  I rarely sit at my desk, but I do use it to hold  the important stuff that I need to grab throughout the day. The caddy and cups hold the items I need to get to often & quickly: attendance clipboard, need to be copied file, pens, (adult) scissors, markers, paper clips.  The chevron binder is my grade book, lesson plan book, & important notes holder. This area houses a lot of must have things in an organized way.
 Next up is my teacher resource shelf that sits behind my desk. The binders on the top hold lessons, worksheets & activities. I have a binder for each subject.  Each binder is organized by unit (in chronological order, of course) for quick reference.  The blue magazine files are filled with additional resource books and organized by subject.  
My subject bins keep my student materials organized.  I try to have copies made, center activities gathered, and materials collected for an entire unit. (This saves me from spending time at the copier each week!) When it is time for that subject, everything I need is in one place ready to go. This shelf keeps the transitions and teaching running smooth throughout the day.
Finally, there's the supplies.  I'm  a believer that everything needs a place and a label. (OCD Organizer) The frequently used supplies get their own plastic bin with matching labels, easy for the kiddos to get what they need and put back where it belongs.

May 24, 2013

Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share my Five for Friday! 

We're in the midst of our shape unit in math right now.  
The kiddos are absolutely loving the "inside scoop" on how to draw the 3-D shapes. 
 I love that I'm now finding cube, prism, and cone doodles all over everything!

On Wednesday, the husband and I walked to dinner. we live about a mile away from a downtown area with shops and restaurants. Unfortunately, we learned our lesson that from now on when we walk to dinner, we'll be checking the weather before we leave even if the sun is shining bright.  We ended up running home after dinner as the skies opened up and rain poured down on us.

We made these cute little flags with our reading buddies on Thursday.
Let me tell you, flags were waving while we stood outside for dismissal that day.

Lately, we have had pandora playing constantly. 
(The Easy Listening & Adele stations are the classroom favorites.)
I just love to look around and see my sweet second grades working away and singing along.

We have some memorial weekend getaway plans for Sunday & Monday.
But first, I have some painting plans set for Saturday.
A little more yellow will be making it's way into our lives.

May 15, 2013

Live, Laugh & Learn

Welcome to Live, Laugh & Learn in Second Grade! This is my sixth year teaching second grade and I just can't get enough of it!  I love getting creative with my students, making learning an adventure that we share together.  I discovered the world of teacher blogs last year. I read one, then another, then another, and I have not stopped.  I have been inspired by so many amazing teachers and their blogs that I just had to join the fun.  I hope to share my classroom happenings here while we live, laugh, and learn in second grade.

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