Getting Organized for Remote Learning

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Organizing Your at Home Supplies for Remote Teaching (or your Teacher Table)


Teaching remotely is tough, whether you are doing it from your classroom or home, so this blog post has some advice for you when you're getting organized for remote teaching! 

Keeping Papers and Supplies Under Control


Bins, Bins, and More Bins

Plastic or other bins are super handy for holding anything and everything you need - base ten blocks, Fundations cards, or handy Bitmoji signs like these:

holding Bitmoji signs


These bins on Amazon are affordable and sturdy (clicking on any image will take you to Amazon to learn more)!
                                                         

Stacking trays are not just for student work - they can also hold supplies for different subjects if you teach elementary or sorting supplies but keeping them handy for "today" and "tomorrow".


Wheeled Cart - I have one of these but from Office Depot. It has been invaluable for taking things to and from school. Also 2 days a week at school I work out of a room upstairs so I bring all my supplies and reading group bins up and down with it. Well worth the investment!


3 tier cart on wheels - I have one at home and at school. This is so useful! At school, the bottom shelf hold individual student folders, the top shelf holds manipulatives and the middle shelf is for whatever I need!


Tech Organization

Monitor Riser/Laptop Stand - I am not going to lie but I use cardboard box! haha! Many of my fellow teachers though ordered risers like this affordable one.
                                                          


Cord minder -Tangled cords and cords everywhere is a pet peeve of mine so I bought something similar to corral mine!

                                                                   


Keep Practical Supplies Handy

White boards: I always keep a white board right next to my laptop and chrome book. I use it to write vocabulary or quickly address an error or question without having to use technology.

                                                               

Markers: Expo markers are a teacher favorite and I always keep one or more right by me, too! I prefer the fine tip or ultra fine print.
                                                                                       
Pencils cups and small supply containers - also, it's annoying when a pen or pencil I need rolls off the table or I can't find it when I need. I love traditional pencil cases, plus check out this cute expandable, zip up pencil cup! How cute!       
                                                     

So do you have any additional advice for getting organized for remote teaching from school or home? Let us know and I may add it!

Getting Organized for Remote Teaching


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Nurturing Kindness in Today's Classroom

                           
In the stressed out climate of today's world, it is more important than ever to find ways to start nurturing kindness in today's classroom! Today's blog post has a few suggestions for you, so let's get started!

KINDNESS IN THE CLASSROOM


BOOKS, BOOKS, and MORE BOOKS!


                                                             

I bet you have some of these texts in your classroom. My two faves are the newer one Be Kind and the lovely, wordless picture book I Walk with Vanessa. I also have learned a lot from the Berenstain Bears since I was a child myself in the 80s! Which one is your favorite?!  (Clicking on any bring you to Amazon to get more info).


RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS



Here's a fun way to get your class organized and start a random act of kindness, and its a freebie! Click here to grab it from Teachers Pay Teachers.

VIDEOS TO SHARE

In this cute video, young kids explain what kindness is and give some examples. I find sometimes children listen more to other children so it may be worth a watch.

This is a fun song that students created for a Kindness Matters challenge!

Adorable song called Kindness is a Muscle!

This is a lovely read aloud from Story Time Family of the book Be Kind.

WRITING A CLASS BOOK

I have loved writing class books with second graders. Often we do something like choose a topic, say kindness, and each student illustrates a pictures and writes a sentence or two about the topic, then we put it together into a book. We also have created books where each student picks a different topic and we combine it into a book about "How to be a Good Friend" (or something similar).

Want more ideas? Check out my blog post called 10 Ways to Help Kids be Kind.  Do you have another suggestion for nurturing kindness in today's classroom? Comment and let me know!





Management Tips for Interactive Notebooks

 
Blog post - Management Tips for Interactive Notebooks

Hey teachers!! Are you using Interactive Notebooks or planning to? I used them for years with my second graders so I definitely developed some management tricks for interactive notebooks over time. Here are some tips for you! (and if you're wondering why you should try INBs check out my blog post here on how they keep kids engaged)!

Interactive Notebook Management Trips

Materials

The most common materials to use for INBs are composition books (the old school black and white ones)
or spiral bound notebooks. I prefer composition books because they are sturdier. Some teachers prefer to have everything independent (not in a book) so that students can turn in individual assignments so they use lined paper. This would, however, prevent students from having the resources in one place to refer to later.

Glue

I prefer liquid glue over glue sticks. Glue sticks can be wimpy and pages peel right off. But you have to train your students use use dots of glue, NOT rivers of glue! Remember the mantra, dots, not rivers.

Storage

There are several choices as to where kids can keep their notebooks. Traditionally, my students kept mine in their desks and when we transferred to flexible seating, in their cubbies. Some teachers also like to have all the INBS in a bin in a single spot for everything!
Here are some bins that I love! Clicking on the image will bring you to see them on Amazon.
  

Organizing Inside the INB

Table of Contents

For tables of contents like those I have in my own INBs, the very first thing my students do after they write their name on it, is cut out and glue down the table of contents, or at least some of them. You want to leave a certain number of pages free for them. I think we kept about 12-14 pages free.

Tabs

table will help your students keep their INBS organized and may be a quicker way to find things than the table of contents. I don't have any but you can find them on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Page Numbers

Label page numbers in advance. I would have students work on page numbers when they finished other work, or sometimes as morning work , or if we had 3-5 spare minutes.

Resources 

There are tons of interactive notebooks out there; however, I ended up creating my own because none of the ones I saw met my needs. I was looking for a simple design, easy to read fonts, clip art that is not distracting and  simple borders. I wanted my students to focus on the content and their thinking, not the cute or distracting clip art or wiggly and wavy borders.

Check out the ones I have below! Clicking on any covers will bring you to them at TPT. the last one is a freebie!

Math interactive notebook cover

ELA interactive notebook cover 

Reading interactive notebook cover

Spelling interactive notebook cover

This one is FREE if you want to just try out some INB writing activities!

Freebie interactive notebook cover

Be sure to comment and let us know if you have your own management tricks for interactive notebooks that I can add to this post!

Blog post - Management Tips for Interactive Notebooks