November 12, 2012

Linky Party: Teaching Tip

I haven't joined a linky party in awhile..and we all need a 'lil party in our lives!
Today, I am linking up with my buddy Hadar for her party!

Everyday I am learning something new to make my classroom run smoother and quicker.
I don't think I will ever quit changing one thing here and there.
No matter how hard I try to make it all 100% organized, 
there is always something to improve.

My writing center was driving me beyond crazy.
I could not take the messy basket of student work that would pile up each day and week.
And lets be honest, I never looked at it daily or even weekly.
{That polka-dot table cloth is another story of crazy in my life. I can NOT teach them to keep it straight. And I am beyond a freak about it.}

Quickly one morning, I decided to bust out manila folders
 and write a name on each.
I didn't even take the time to make them cute or laminate.
Sometimes simple and efficient is just what it has to be.
They normally are stored in a basket, but I was using it for something else this day:).

Every couple weeks, I sit on the floor with the envelopes.
I check out what my kiddos have been doing in writing center.
I make a stack of "trash or go home" and "portfolio" work.

Then I quickly staple the packet of "portfolio" work and it is ready!

Since this is the first time for this, I am going through the stapled packets
to write little notes and sit down to conference with my kiddos
 on what I personally want them to work on writing center.
I will then pull it back out next month to compare their work.

Simple.  Nothing crazy. But it works!

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  1. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and most effective!:)

    Granny Goes to School

  2. What a great idea!! I'm pinning this so others can find this great idea! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  3. it!!!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  4. Your blog is super cute!! Great idea on organizing their writing! I'm a new follower.

    :) Jayme
    Trendy in Third

  5. Great idea! Thanks, I am always looking for ways to keep up with this!
    I am a new follower!
    Second Grade is Out of This World

  6. Hi Alisha,
    I had to link up too. I love reading everyone's great ideas! :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  7. I love this idea! I am a new follower!

  8. Hi Alisha,
    So simple, yet so perfect. Thanks for sharing this easy idea. I was just stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition


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