We just finished our first chapter in Algebra 2. This means that we also just did our first “One-Sheet” Study Guides!
- I provided them with a list of the 6 main topics of this chapter.
- They brainstormed in groups about what should go under each topic, using their notes and book.
- They folded a brightly colored piece of paper into 6 sections and label each section with the topic.
- Gallery Walk – They walked around the room and examined each other’s boards to see it there was something great they wanted to include on their sheet that wasn’t on THEIR board.
- I take pictures that I post so students can go back and read the boards if they would like.
Brainstorming with their teams
Gallery Walk of the finished boards
Creating the One-Sheet
Creating the One-Sheet from their boards
Week one is in the books! It was SO GREAT to be back! I love starting new each year, and especially meeting an entirely new batch of students. They are so fresh and truly inspire me the first week of school. It reinforces how much I love what I do!
I am also EXHAUSTED. You know, the “I haven’t even worn shoes much or woken up before 9am in two months” exhausted. I don’t sit down while teaching, unless I am joining a students group, and am not used to standing so long. The first week is stressful because I have so many things to do to start the year and am afraid I’m going to forget everything. I wake up almost every morning around 4:30 or 5am, even though the alarm isn’t set until 6, with things running through my mind. I literally was in bed by 9pm every night this week, but usually didn’t fall asleep until 10 or later.
I was so excited for this weekend!! My son had a football game over 2 hours away Friday night, so I didn’t get to bed until 1:00 AM. I had planned on SLEEPING UNTIL NOON today, but my body had other ideas. Apparently, my internal clock has been totally reset and I awoke at 6AM. I stayed in bed until 7, desperately trying to fall back to sleep, with no luck. So, I decided to get up and DO THINGS.
I got up and ran three miles (well, it was definitely more of a walk speed as I’m exhausted and haven’t exercised in toooo long – BUT I DID IT). Then, because I love to cook and miss it when during the school year (teaching plus 3 boys in sports), I went on a cooking spree and made two quiches, a cobbler, and pasta salad this morning. I also organized my unit binders and blogged – TWICE now! I am feeling invincible right now. BUT, I see a giant nap in my future…
Have a great weekend! And take care of yourself.
Spinach Gruyère Quiche
Bacon Ham Quiche
I love being organized, but have such a tough time with it. I move too fast, do too much, and don’t leave enough time to put things away at the end of the day. But I try. I love making things organized for my students, so I don’t have to waste class time passing out papers and materials, or getting work for absent students. Most of my organization tips I found from other people, and am even trying something new after reading the blog posts this week!
Plastic Grading Folder/Pocket:
I put all assessments that need to be graded in a clear plastic pocket. There is a hi-lighter and Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens in there for grading. This way I can take my grading with me to all of my children’s activities. The plastic pocket is durable so the papers don’t get messed up on the soccer field. 🙂
Student Math Numbers:
I give every student a number at the beginning of the year. They put this number on all of their graded work. It helps me quickly alphabetize the papers so I can enter them into the grade book.
I have two hanging file folders on the wall, one for each prep, that I label for each day of the week. I put extra handouts in there so if a student loses theirs, they can get another one. This is also great for tutors as they can see any work we’ve been doing.
I got this amazing idea from Sam Shah last year! I have one folder for each table.
- I put their handouts for the day in each folder so I don’t have to pass them out.
- They put work they need to return to me inside the folder.
- If a student is absent, then the next day any handouts they will need is inside their folder!
- I have Homework Responsibility sheets in there as well so they can fill out a sheet when they first come into the room if they didn’t do their homework.
- I also put their name (on a post-it) on the outside of each folder. This also serves as their seating chart. When I want to change seating, I just switch the post-its. It’s great for me bc I’m a very visual person, especially when arranging seating!
- I keep their folders on the table by the door, so the students get their table folder as they come in. But, if I want to change where a TEAM sits, I just put their folders on a different table before they come in.
I keep all supplies that students will need on a big shelf in the back. This way I don’t have to get them out and distribute each time!
I have not done this yet, but after reading Greta’s organization post and a slew of tweets I am going to try to use unit binders. I am hoping it will keep me more organized. I bought a box of 12 1 inch binders on Amazon for $27.00! But now the price has increased to $37.00!?