This week, I was challenged to find a free office software that I can use if/when I don’t have access to the Office Suite for free and can not pay for it as well. This proved to be a more daunting task than I expected. Earlier in the week I tried to download OpenOffice. I have a Mac, and Macs do not like to open unidentified software from the internet. I finally found some research about the error I received and if I could get around it, and at least open OpenOffice. I decided to not use OpenOffice based on the fact that if my OS doesn’t trust the download, I am not risking fate!
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I don’t know if this is really organization related, but decorating your door in an awesome way can help you stay focused on your theme and purpose for the year!
I saw this door photo on Pinterest today, and it made me giddy with excitement! This will happen on my door at one point during this year!
Is this not an awesome door? As a child wouldn’t you love walking through this door everyday?
This door makes me happy as well! Being Curious is what kids do best, and they should never stop!
Your door can say a lot about your class, your students, what you expect, and what they should expect as they walk in to this new wondrous world! For these door ideas and more check out Kickin’ it with Class!
Keep your life creative and full of fun, cause it wears off on those around you.
I think one of the best ways to communicate to parents about what is going on in the classroom weekly is by putting together a newsletter. The newsletter can consist of any information you want to include. Some ideas are, good websites, reading tips, what the kids have done during the week, upcoming events, school event information, pictures, kudos, and reminders.
Depending on the age of your students, you can get the kids to put the newsletter together. You can group kids by section of the newsletter, and have them produce a few. Rotate the groups so that the kids have had a chance to produce each section of the newsletter. This will really help students take pride in the newsletter, and make sure that their parents read it! Even at a young age, you can have the students brainstorm about what they want you to write in the newsletter during a morning meeting. You can have them help you make decisions about which pictures to put in for the week, etc. Let them help, especially since the information is about them!
Your Newsletter can be very simple to complex, whatever you want. Here are a few free templates I’ve found. Enjoy.
I think teachers are the most creative beings on the planet. There are so many happenings during one day that teachers have to deal with that they are forced to become creative, beg, borrow and steal ideas to handle every issue that hits them in the face!
Here is an amazing idea for Behavior Management that doesn’t cost you anything! This is from Mel D’s site. She is a first grade teacher with an amazing blog! This idea is perfect, instead of spending money on treasure (candy, little toys, erasers, etc) all you need to do is print out tickets for the kids to use when they earn them. One ticket is, “Sit at my desk for a day!” The students gets to sit at your desk and feel Royal for the day! Awesome idea, and it is free! This is a really great idea for those with special behavior issues. You can make tickets that are geared toward their interests, like make tickets for puzzle time, shaving cream play time, or computer time.
Check out the page where she describes this awesome classroom management tool.
Hope you enjoy these great finds, and you can utilize them to the best of your ability!
Cute Desk Fairy Cards that you slip into desks when you see that they are neat and organized
I found this great idea about how to encourage kids to keep their desks organized by giving them a surprise when you notice that their desk is neat. This is from teachingheart.net. A few of the things the site are free and some you need to pay for. Here is the quick link to just print out the tags.