Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Made It!

My Monday Made it is showing off my new planner! 

It works for Monday Made it and A new link party starting today over at The Teacher's Chair. 
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Each day of this blog you will share something different. Today is lesson planners! Perfect timing for me! 

I know there are so many out there for sale, but I am a glutton for punishment and had to make my own. My school requires certain documents be kept for each class period/student. They give us a binder, but it is HUGE and I hate lugging it around 
I also know there s a debate going on about whether a planner is even necessary. For some it is, for some its not. I use my calendar on my phone, but I am still old school and have to write everything down. I am hoping to have everything in one place. 
It turned out so pretty. I am super pleased with it! 

I chose to use a binder because I will need to add pages throughout the year. 

 We are required to have this document for each class period. It has accommodations for students in each class period. We call it a "one sheeter". It is wonderful to have handy when co-teachers (aides) come in our rooms.
 Since I am the ESL teacher, I am also required to have the student proficiency levels. I made one for each class period as well.
 I made notes pages for my leadership meetings, PLC (Professional Learning Community) also know as department mtgs and our faculty mtgs. Last year all my notes were in a spiral.

I did include a Gradebook divider. I do grades online, but sometimes need a checklist. I will print these from my online gradebook and include them behind that tab. They will have the students' names already. 

I did not include lesson plans because we are required to do them online. I already double up on so much, lesson plans, no way! 

I made dividers as well. I thought about having them made, but it was a little more expensive and I had my two youngest with me at the time. They were driving me nuts. So, I did the easiest thing for me. 

I am pleased with how it turned out and think I am officially ready to write in it. As you can see I haven't even labeled the divider yet. 

I should probably stop this post here, but since I have missed several Monday Made Its, I have more that I made this week! 

I  printed and made some class math posters, a vertical number line from Susan over at Middle School OCD and a horizontal number line from here

This is why I love blogging so much. I would never have known about these two resources if I hadn't seen it on Math = Love blog's. Love the community. 

I have random posters around my room with positive messages on them I printed last year. I plan to do the same with these Math posters. I hate plain walls and once we are in full swing I have a bunch of anchor charts, but these posters just make the room more inviting in my opinion. 

HAPPY CRAFTING!!! Its crunch time for me, I am off to make more. 

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  1. Love the colors in your binder! It's crazy how fast the summer is flying by!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. Hi Elizabeth! I am loving that planner you made. The green and black and white look cute together! I might have to use your idea of having my planner in a binder as well.
    I found you on Fifth in the Middle's Blogs by State page!
    I see that you are in Texas, and I'm not sure what part, but you should go and check out my latest blog post! Mrs. Patton and I are hosting a meet up for Texas teachers! We'd love to see you there. :) E-mail me if you have any questions!

    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)
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    1. Thanks, the colors really pop especially when printed!


  3. I too have my planner in a binder. It's so much easier, and cheaper because you don't have to have it bound! I love your planner's design and the great options you included :)

    Mindful Rambles

  4. Hi Elizabeth. I love your planner! I'm also a glutton for punishment, I made one this week too. :)

    1. glad to hear I am not the only one. :)


  5. Ohhh!!!! I love this plan book! Thank you for linking up- I just got so many new ideas. I am definitely adding the parent communication and student log to my binder. I also need to adjust my Professional Development notes to have a "dates to remember" section! That's a great idea and helps them to really stand out! I am so happy to have found your blog...hope to see you link up again :)
    The Teacher’s Chair
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    1. Thank you for your kind words!

      I definitely will link up again!

  6. Ok one of the super cool things about being the organizer of the SLANT boxes is that I get to see everyones blog, and know what they teach at a glance. SOOOO glad I found your blog. I am a first year 6th grade math teacher!!!! I was scoping your blog out and totally fell in love! I will be back for sure! Thanks for signing up for the SLANT box!

    Lessons With Coffee

  7. Love the planner, I made one myself, such a feeling of accomplishment when that mammoth task was done ;)

    I'm gonna have to head over to Office Max soon too with that great deal! They also have a laser cutter that can cut composition notebooks in half, like you see on pinterest, you may not need that as a middle school teacher, but ya never know :)

    I love the idea of a blogger meet up, but DFW, while not that far away, maybe a Central TX one could be possible, I'm just up the road in Killeen. I'm sure there are some CenTx bloggin' teachers hiding out around here.

    Tales From Two 2nd Grade Classrooms