I spent the majority of today preparing for the beginning of school. I ran a bunch of errands this morning picking up school supplies. (sidenote- how awesome is Staples?! There sales are amazing, especially for teachers!) When I got home, I spent a few hours cleaning the house and my car, both of which I want spotless before school starts. I know once the year begins it will be a while before I am ready to spring clean again!
Finally, I started working on school work. Yesterday I dropped a bunch of boxes off in my classroom and today I sorted through the remaining boxes. I threw a lot of trash away and I feel much more organized. I also set up my table communal supply bins, which I hope will alleviate some organizational problems for my students this year. I promise to post pictures once they are all full and complete. But first I need to grab a few more items from the supply closet at school! After cleaning, organizing, and setting up I moved onto planning. I set up my gradebook for the year, which is always a chore because I need to divide it into two classes and three subjects each. But writing out the names helps me become a little more familiar with my students at the beginning of the year.
Finally, I worked on my new planbook. I type my plans on the computer but I haven’t yet settled on a format that I absolutely love. However, today I reworked and modified a template from Mandy Gregory and I love it so far! I print my plans out and keep them in a divided binder, which also has my other important paperwork in it. It really helps me stay organized!
Tomorrow I plan to head into school bright and early, with my sister tagging along to help. She is the organized one, with pretty handwriting. Hence, she loves writing out my nametags and helping with my bulletin boards. And I love having the help! I plan to spend about 3-4 hours there (until I get kicked out!) and hope to get almost everything done. Hopefully I will have some pictures to post when I get home.