Teacher Feature: The Simply Organized Teacher

One of my favorite things to do, if/when I get a moment alone in the car, is to listen to podcasts. A few months ago I found this awesome podcast called THE SIMPLY TEACH PODCAST. This podcast is done by Kelly who used to be a teacher in the classroom and she interviews amazing educators and shares organizational tips.

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I wanted to add her to my teacher feature this month because she has some great ideas about packing up and cleaning out at the end of the year. She also has some amazing resources for rejuvenating over the summer and starting off the year right. Click the photo below for a link to the show notes from episode #43 –

Simply Teach- a podcast for teachers, by teachers. In this episode we talk about how to pack up your classroom in an organized way.

If you want some one on one help in your classroom she offers coaching sessions along with other resources in her shop.

So, if you want something neat and teacher-y to listen to, go to iTunes or google podcasts and search for simply teach!

End of the Year Graffiti Wall

I had this idea to make huge posters for each of my classes and then have them decorate/design them using concepts we learned in science. The idea included using old magazines and markers to add to the posters.

Unfortunately, I was not able to make this a reality this year, but I wanted to share with any of you who may want to use it.

If your school has a poster maker you can use this to make a large poster for each class or even one for each student to reflect on the year.

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It’s Gonna be May! (a little late)

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After a bought of sickness, I am back in my classroom. And I cannot believe that it is already MAY. I survived testing and jury duty and now there are only 17.5 days left including weekends!

I only have a few weeks left to share with my sixth graders. May is always a bit bittersweet for me. My students are moving on and I will have a brand new set of students next year! At this time of the year I try to finish strong, but I cannot help to look forward to things I want to do next year.

Lucky for me and the other teachers in the United States that around this time we have Teacher Appreciation Week! Tomorrow TpT will have its annual sale and I cannot wait to stock up on some goodies for next year!

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Some of the Items on My Wishlist:

Earth's Seasons ALL-IN-ONE Lesson | Astronomy Seasons Lesson

I already use the doodle notes from this teacher-author about the seasons. I think this would be great to use at the beginning of the year because it hits some key ideas that are a pinnacle of our learning throughout the year.

Syllabus Editable {8 Different Editable Syllabus Infographic Templates}

I purchased these a couple of years ago. I love using them to update my syllabus. If you don’t have a great template check these out!

Gravity and Inertia In The Motion of Orbits In Our Solar System Utah SEEd 6.1.2

One of my weaker lessons is talking about Gravity and Inertia. I would like to look at this set and see if it would add to what I already use.

Quotes Posters featuring a Cactus Theme

My classroom has a cactus & succulent theme. I love these posters for my classroom. I am looking for some easy ways to spruce up the room without re-doing everything (which is what I have done every year I have taught!).

What kinds of stuff will you be shopping for?

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End of the Year Celebration

The end is in sight for me. We have 14 days left of school. My kids (and myself) are starting to get summer fever. I have some good things planned for the last week of school. Being a middle and high school teacher our end of the year celebration is not as spectacular as others in the younger grades.

In all of my classes:

  • I am creating a class wordle and printing pictures to give each student.
  • I am also creating a slideshow which we will watch on the last day of school.
  • I am going to have the students reflect on their year using questions from Rachel Lynette on Minds In Bloom. I hope to get some good feedback for next year.

In my Drama class we are going to watch a film that they made for a project. They created a show that is reminiscent of Saturday Night Live. They worked very hard on it and I was truly flabbergasted at how well it turned out.

In my English class we will have final exams, because it is a high-school class. So a day or so before finals we are going to have a Greek Food Fest. We will eat falafel, hummus and other Greek food to celebrate our completion of the Odyssey. I will post pictures and other items here after all is said and done 🙂

What are you planning for the end of the year?

Packing Up for the End of the Year

Do you have to pack up your classroom at the end of the year? I never realized this was something that teachers had to do. I have been looking online for tips about packing. I gleaned a lot from The Cornerstone for Teachers – Angela Watson has some really great insights on everything to do with classroom management.  I also took some tips from Michelle Duggar in her book 20 Kids and Counting.

Mrs. Duggar had an awesome home/packing organization system. She mentioned labeling boxes by color and number. She coordinated everything using index cards. I borrowed her idea and made a simple packing list. I will number my boxes and then list the items in each box – that way I can find things easily on the first day of school. I am also going to have one box labeled “open first” which will contain my essentials (scissors, tape, staples, etc).

If you think my packing list would be helpful click on the photo below to download it for free! Good luck with packing and please post any hints you might have in the comments section.

Visit 2nd Grade Pad and see some other teachers who have great tips for packing up at the end of the year.

Just click the picture below 🙂