Thursday, August 1, 2013

Productive Week

It's been a productive week around here for me. This week the cleaning crew finally got to work in my room, so I couldn't go into my classroom. So I worked from home and got quite a bit done. I feel like I've completed most of  my 'to create' projects. I still have my Student IEP/Progress Binders to update and my centers binder could use some updating. I'm looking forward to getting into my classroom next week and getting it set up and organized. Then it's time to plan, plan, plan for the beginning of the year. That's where I always spend the least of my time and it's killed me in the past. I need to be more on top of that this year. So far, I have several fun activities ready for the first week. That's a start.
Any how, here's what I've been up to:
Updated my Lesson Plan/Teacher Keeper. I used this one last year and really liked having everything a binder all in one place. I reprinted the tabs since they were a little roughed up from use last year.
Spray painted some clothes pins black to use for my new behavior clip chart. These clothes pins match the ones from my job chart I made last year. It's all gotta match! I hot glued the name labels onto the clothes pins.

Printed out, laminated, and put together my new behavior clip chart. I am excited about trying this out this year! I think it gives the students more opportunities for positive praise verses my old card system with green, yellow, red. I downloaded it free from Primary Punch on TpT here. I love that it has clip art for my early readers.

As I was working on each project, I made sure to make 4 new student packs. Two extra English and two in Spanish. I got two new students mid-year last year that caught me by surprise. This year I am prepared! As the new year starts I will add other paperwork for the new students as well.

Made and laminated my information magnets I send home for parents to put on the fridge.

While reading my summer Guided Reading book study (that I am WAY behind on) I realized just how much of wasted space my word wall has been. I haven't been using it the way we should. This year it's my goal to use it and make it an important reference point in the classroom. I copied these Word Wall books for my younger students and laminated the covers and backs. (I need to bind them when I get to school.) I also plan on using activities for the word wall from this free packet
My word wall word cards were looking pretty sad so I downloaded this word wall pack that is editable. I added all of our Fairview Adapted Dolch sight words. I printed them out on cardstock, laminated and alphabetized them. My word wall is ready!

While I was at it, I made my Number of the Day workbooks. This ended up being a great way to start the day off each morning last year. The students know to pull it out and get started while I take roll, make any adjustments in interpreter schedules, collect daily folders, etc.
Each of my students is at a different level in math, so each of the books are a little different. I took bits and pieces from all the Number of the Day freebies on TpT to meet my student's needs. This year I got smart and added a 120's chart to the back front cover or a multiplication chart for my higher kids. On the back is a number words chart for reference as well. Everything is all in one place. Love it. I need to bind these when I get to school as well.

My to-do list once I get into the classroom is pretty long. Isn't that the way it always is? My two little girls are off preschool summer camp two mornings, so that will help get some things done. Goodness knows a 3 and 5 year old are not very good 'helpers' in the classroom!


  1. You have been BUSY! I always worry so much about my room and before I know it, it's the night before the first day and I think to myself, "OMG...I haven't done any lesson plans". Not this year, I think I have the first week worked out in my head. It helps that I'll have the same kids. I love having everything in my binder. My problem is...I branch out into several binder because they are "pretty" and next thing I know, I have 20. I'm going to be better about that this year! I need to remember to make packets for new students too. I don't have much transition, but when I do have a change it throws me for a loop!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. IO just found your blog from The Hands on Teacher! I use to teach DHH students when they were in my Life Skills Class. I now use ASL with my pre-K students. Thanks so much for sharing.


  3. I just found your blog from The Hands on Teacher. I love finding other special ed blogs. You've been busy!! I love keeping everything in one binder and hopefully will be able to do that this year.

    I've started following you on bloglovin. I look forward to hearing how your year is going.

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