Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Our county has finally adopted a BYOD policy! With that good news I plan a.to put technology to use in my classroom. My first project will be to enhance my BAV word wall with QR codes that will direct students to a web page for further information. I hope this works!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I've spent many years attempting to create my version of the perfect plan book. It is so much more difficult than I ever anticipated. Three-ring binders just don't work well for me. I usually end up damaging the rings and losing papers. It gets to the point that I just quit using it. There has been a recent trend on TPT and TN of teachers creating their own teacher's binder/planner/notebook pages. I have looked at so many of them and most do not suit the needs of a middle school science teacher. I'm sure other middle school science teachers have the same concerns I do. So I was thrilled to learn of the ARC System made by Staples. The notebooks are help together by a set of plastic discs instead of the typical three rings, or spiral binding. Now this isn't the only system that utilizes discs. Martha Stewart has her own line as well as other brands/stores. There just happens to be a Staples store in my hometown. With this system, I feel like I can completely customize my very own notebook. I have already started putting my notebook/planner together and I am pleased with what I've started. Will there be changes? Yes! The beauty of this system is that changes are allowed and are simple to do. This will definitely be a year-long project for me as I am constantly finding new material to add. I've created some pages myself while other resources have come from the amazing teacher author's from TPT and TB. Take a look at some of the pictures I have of the hole-puncher and notebook.
The "System" begins with the hole puncher...
This notebook costs around $10. There are several styles and sizes from which to choose and those prices will vary.
These are the pages that come in the ARC notebook. Refill packs are available or you can create your own. Just use the hole-puncher and place the pages around the discs.
This is an example of how you can set up calendar pages. I downloaded these for free from Marshall In The Middle on TPT.
Password Pages - I know it isn't safe to write down your passwords. But when you are forced to change your passwords every 60 days or so, and you can't reuse the password it becomes a task attempting to remember them all.
These are pages I created for note-taking during content areas meetings. At my school we have official content meeting once per week.
Weekly planning pages - I like to use these to have a quick glance at my week. Planning three weeks in advance becomes easier this way.
Parent Contact Logs - Just a quick log for documenting all those contacts.
NC Essential Standards for 8th Grade Science - A great way to have all your standards in one area.
File Folders - ARC does have dividers available to purchase. I decided to punch holes in some cute file folders I purchased for $1 at Wal-Mart.
This is it for now. I'll update the blog as I add more. I have soooo many ideas and can't wait to put it all together.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
I found a really cute picture frame which holds five photos. The frame came from Ollie's and was only $5.99! I decided to make 4x6 prints of my rules and displayed them in the frame. When I'm able to get in my classroom I plan to embellish the frame with some brightly colored tissue-paper flowers.
Due to my classroom getting painted over the summer, I had to remove EVERYTHING off my classroom walls. Now your normal teacher would be ecstatic. I however experienced an abnormal amount of anxiety when given word to make my walls bare. See, most people don't understand the time, patience, and hard work it takes to make a middle school science classroom...well, pretty. Now I am starting over. My classroom is a now blank canvas! Of course I will be sticking with the zebra print, hot pink, blue, and lime green color scheme. I just have too much stuff in those colors to start over. But I would LOVE input and ideas from other teachers. What works for you? I would also LOVE to see photos of other classrooms. Preferably not the ones we all see on Pinterest each day. If you have any classroom photos you'd love to share send them to me at
I'll even showcase your photos on my blog! Just be sure to include your name and any other information you'd like for me to include!
Below are some of the crafty items I've purchased this summer.
Trips to Dollar Tree, Michael's, Ollies, and Staples!
Found the cutest frames at Michael's! I plan to use them as table signs.
Looking forward to seeing YOUR ideas!!!