Saturday, August 4, 2012

Currently August

I've been back to work teaching summer school for the past three weeks, and I can attest to the back that my top item on my back to school list is coffee and caffeine.  I only have my kiddos for two hours a day, but I come home exhausted.  I wonder if we can do nap time in fourth grade? I so need to work on my teaching stamina! Until it comes back, coffee, coffee, and more coffee.

Okay moving onto my real school must haves, other than coffee...
Every year I purchase a new planner.  Usually this is a desktop calendar where I write everything down. I know I can do the same on my phone, but it just doesn't work for me.  Last year, my desk was so tiny, that I didn't have space for my planner, of any kind, or my lesson plan binder to be laid out on it.  I'm not going to lie, I felt so uncomfortable not being able to easily glance at my lesson plans, or having the ability to jot down a meeting in my calendar after reading an email, or not having the stack of papers I needed for the day.  My desk is really command central.  I'm never sitting down during the day, but the clunky desktop computer that is attached to my Smartboard is there and so it makes to sense to put  the resources I need for the day in an easily accessible there too.  So thankful I will actually have space for these things this year.  :)
Secondly, I always purchase extra school supplies during the summer, for myself and my kiddos.  This year, I'm revamping how I store/handle the kiddos supplies because having them keep them in their desks doesn't work.  Somehow one kid ends up with ALL the glue sticks in the glass, and five of them eat every pencil in the place.  I think I'm boldly taking the step to mostly communal supplies, with the exception of crayons and dry erase markers. 

Lastly, organizational goodies are SO important.  Personally, labels, plastic crates, shoe boxes, and other plastic box/lid combinations keep me sane.  I love grabbing a container knowing all the manipulatives/materials I need are inside.  Last year, I moved schools/grades less than a week before school started and I never felt organized and it drove me bonkers. So I've spent a lot of time this summer, just planning out how I'm going to organize my room and collecting the necessary materials to make it all happen. :) 

Before I hit publish, and link up,  I want to thank dear, sweet Farly for hosting! :) 

I also want to thank you for your sweet, sweet comments and emails after my post last night.  The migraine is gone, woohoo! My migraines are almost always brought on by stress, so I just need to do a better job of relaxing during this super crazy time! :)

Have a great weekend, friends!


  1. You made me laugh! Last year, I lost my planner do many times. At one point, I had the entire class looking for it. It was in another teacher's room. :) I'm jealous thatbyounhave a desk... We aren't allowed. Love reading your blog!

    Miss R's Room

  2. Hopped over from Farley's Linky! I love your blog theme and have joined you in the caffeine quest! Must.have.cappuccino!. :-)

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

  3. Ahhh...I'm glad to see that supplies are eaten in other classrooms as well. And dry erase markers...ohhhhh if I could figure out a great way to deal with those I'd be a happy camper! Thanks for the smile!

  4. I agree that organizational materials are a must-have. I think my room is more organized than ever, but it still needs some more work!

  5. WOW! Congrats on your new home! I am sure you are anxious to get there! Glad you are feeling better!
    Glad I found you through the August Currently! I am your newest follower!
    Learning 4 Keeps

  6. Sounds like you are going to be a busy girl this month! Good luck to you & try not to stress too much...migraines are the WORST!
    Jen's Kinder Kids

  7. I CANNOT wait to see pictures and hear all about your NEW house!!!! It's almost here!!!!!!!! I am also going to go the Communal Supplies Side this year... I am excited I won't have to buy25 pencil boxes at Staples this year. I found a really good pin on sharing supplies here:

    Have a great Saturday!!! :)

  8. Hi Lisa!!

    I am in the exact same situation as you organization-wise! I went crazy last year since I didn't get to organize everything at the beginning of the year and I swore that was NOT going to happen again this year!!! It feels so good to be getting everything organized!!! I love it!!! Can't believe you're going to be going straight from summer school to full time school! Crazy!! Hope you have time to take a little break in between!!! :)

    Lessons with Laughter

  9. Congrats on the future closing of your new home and the new school year.
    My Second Sense

  10. I'm like you about a planner. There is just something about writing it down. Best wishes on your new home and organizing your classroom. I just finished organizing my classroom. I'd love for you to take a look.

    Teaching Fourth

  11. Wow, August 22nd sounds like it's going to be a REALLY exciting day for you!! Congrats on the house closing. I'm with you on the organization. I need to write things down in order to feel organized too. Yay for your new life planner!! I can't wait to get mine either :)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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