It’s term 4, yippee! The end is nigh, the Christmas lights can be glimpsed at the end of the tunnel!
Before you get too excited think about all the things you need to do between now and then. Teaching, report writing, swimming lessons, Pinterest trawling for Christmas craft ideas, concert preparation, teaching, transition, making up class lists, a teeny bit of teaching. I could go on, but listing these things is making me tired and prone to curling up in the foetal position for all of Sunday.
To help you out, I have joined up with some Australian blogging buddies to bring you tips for getting through the term with
your sanity some of your sanity intact. You might even come out the other end being a bit more ready for 2016.
These tips are simple and practical, designed to help you out during this busy term.
After you read my tip, please visit the other blogs in the link up below to find more ways to make term 4 less of a chore.
The Story Behind the Tip
When I packed up my teacher
bag suitcase on the last day of term 3, I realised I had created a mess for myself that I needed to clean up.
You see, my school is learning how to make learning visible. So I have been working hard to break down each maths unit of work into learning intentions, success criteria and the things we are learning in each lesson.
This process has resulted in lots of laminated posters, cards, assessment sheets and worksheets. As I taught each unit I dumped the bits and pieces into a shopping bag. Then I put the shopping bag into my school bag and proceeded to dump the bag in a corner of the garage.
I pondered what to do with them. Then on a trip to Officeworks to buy ink cartridges inspiration struck me. This often happens to me at Officeworks. Usually at the same time I am wrangling Miss 2 pushing her mini trolley around the aisles, dumping in all the glitter glue and post it notes she can reach.
I saw these fabulous box files at Officeworks, and thought they were the perfect storage solution for the contents of the shopping bag languishing in the corner of the garage. I also thought to myself, (smugly I have to admit) that if I start my storage solution now, then these wonderful resources will be at my fingertips for next year.
Use funky box files to store the bits and pieces you create and use for each unit of work. Heaps of stuff fit into each box, then they clip shut and go on the shelf for next time you need them. I have labelled mine with the curriculum code and topic that the stuff inside relates to.
I also have another little friend that I use quite a lot in my room at the moment, the hinged ring. I have used them to keep vocabulary cards and learning intention cards in neat little piles.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope my very simple and practical tip has helped you get a bit more sorted.
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