Your Essential Teacher Binder!

Hello readers!

We’ve added a new page that includes links to all the posts related to creating an effective and well-organized teacher binder!

We hope you find the links useful!  We’ll be adding in more resources throughout the summer, so that you’ll be starting off in September on the right foot!

End of the Year Classroom Inventory!

Before you walk out of your classrooms for summer vacation, think about what you’d like to walk into in September!  When I walk back into my classroom at the end of the summer, I tend to feel a bit overwhelmed about where to begin, so I always make a plan and try to think about furniture layout, bulletin board ideas, décor, and how to better organize all of our supplies.

Why is this so important?  The classroom environment is an essential component to student learning and how I teach.  The resource that I absolutely love when dealing with classroom organization and setup is Spaces & Places by Debbie Diller!

I’ve broken this down into five areas:

Themes and Colour Schemes:

I love walking into classrooms that have been decorated with a colour scheme in mind, as everything flows and works well together.  Will you decorate with shades of blue and green?  How about blue and yellow with star décor?  There are so many great ideas!  Check out Pinterest for some beautiful classrooms!

Bulletin Boards:

I like seeing engaging and meaningful content on my bulletin boards, so I’m sure my students feel the same way.  I use my bulletin boards in the following way: some are just for student work to be displayed, others are constant (e.g. math) but change depending on what we are currently learning, and others change regularly to match the theme of our unit.  Play around with bulletin board ideas, but remember to keep them bright and engaging!

Classroom Layout:

Will your student desks be arranged in rows? A U-shape? Groups?  There are many options and you don’t really know what will work best until you try it out!

Classroom Organization:

There are so many different ways to organize classroom materials and supplies! Some teachers out there have come up with some excellent ideas to help make your classroom super-organized!  A blog I really like is Clutter-Free Classroom…so many great ideas!

Supplies:

It’s so disappointing to be ready to prep your classroom for the new school year only to realize that you’ve run out of borders, or staples, or duotang folders!  Do a quick inventory of your supplies to make sure you don’t forget anything when you hit those end-of-summer teacher sales!

Here’s a printable to help you organize your classroom ideas for September!   Just click the image below!

Characteristics of Gifted Children

How many of you wondered about that student in your class?  Is he/she gifted?  How would you know?  When I was teaching grade 4, I found this list of characteristics helpful in deciding if I should nominate my students to be considered for the gifted program.  I printed this sheet out and inserted it in each student portfolio I had created and would observe to see if some of these characteristics were present.  Please note that this is not an all encompassing list and that not all of these characteristics need to be present.  I hope it helps you as it has helped me. Just click on the link below!

Characteristics of Gifted Children