2. Fight with the adjustable shelves until you break not only your nails but a finger or two!
3. Look through all of your classroom library bins and get excited when you find prizes left by former students: cookies, juice boxes and some granola bar wrappers.
Bonus if you find unopened food!
4. Make sure to leave space for your math word wall. After all the time you spend decorating the area around it make sure to actually refer to it in your teaching.
6. My students always forget what subjects they have when. I would too if I did not use my day book religiously. OK, I will be honest, sometimes I get the days of the week mixed up. "No more extra Gym or Art" said no kid ever! I made my bilingual English and French calender headers this year to spice up the schedule board.
blog post for specific instructions on how to create a bump it up board. You can also purchase the 4 R's Assessment Bundle or Bump It Up Board Headers featured in this photo.
12. I finally found a reliable method to reclaim shelf space for other things besides textbooks!
16. This is my solution to being interrupted during small group instruction for materials.
19. I have only used this bin once in my eight years, but on that dreadful morning, it was a blessing to write into my plans "use emergency lessons". I also write into my plans that if a lesson does not work properly, then they can always turn to this bin for tried and true lessons.
Do you have any photos of your classroom? I would love to see how you set up the space. Leave me links in the comments below.