It is this passion for continuous organizational improvement that remains consistent as I became a teacher. Every year is the chance for me to become better organized and more efficient than last year. This year it’s even more important, as it is my first year as a working mother. I had my son back in May, and I am obsessed with him (as every first time mom is). So it is even more important these days that I be organized and efficient at work, so I can spend the precious time I have at home playing with him. To do this, I have jumped on the organization train going full steam ahead!
First page - schedule of all the students on my caseload for easy reference.
Tab 1: Lesson plans - here I’m able to keep track of both of the core subjects that I co-teach (Language Arts and Math), and basic notes on what the other teachers are doing so that I can keep track to support my students in resource. (Word doc)
Tab 3: Resource grades - Last year I input grades at the end of each week, but I almost always had someone missing, or a lost grade sheet, or something that caused me to have a hard time keeping track. This year I’m keeping written track of all grades, then entering them into PowerTeacher.
Tab 4: Meeting notes - In previous years, I have not had a great way of keeping track of my various meeting notes (grade level meetings, department meetings, staff meetings, etc), so this year I made a specific tab just for meetings. I made a document where I can keep notes, and list any to-do’s and action steps I need to take.
Back pocket - A month by month breakdown of all IEP and Domains meetings, including who needs to attend. I’m also using this to note when I have confirmed dates with parents, which general education teacher is attending, and when I have sent out meeting notifications.
Next, in order to keep track of all the recurring daily and weekly items I need to take care of, I made myself a classroom “chore chart” (inspired by this Pinterest pin). I didn’t make it fancy - I want to see how it works at first to start the year, and then tweak it to make it perfect in a few months. I just laminated it, and I use dry erase marker to mark off when things get done. It has helped me stay on track and not forget the little things during these first few crazy weeks so far, so I’m loving it!
So far, this has helped me feel calmer and more organized when I start and end each day. I know what I’ve done and what needs to get done, and I know where to find it. I have also been working to make resource more smooth and organized, but more on that in a later post!