Day 9: One Big Accomplishment
There are many accomplishments! As an educator I like to keep learning and keep reaching for that next goal.
I think one of my biggest accomplishments is organization.
If you met me five years ago teaching you would have seen a desk covered in piles of paper.
You would have found student marks/grades on sticky notes, duo tangs and binders.
You would have opened up my cupboard to find my resources away, but not in any order.
An administrator that I had in the past challenged me on it. I honestly thought...
"It's an organized mess. I can find what I want when I need it so it doesn't matter".
He challenged me on this. He told me that some students can not learn with mess around them. It is too distracting. He said he is one of them. When he came into my room he was often distracted by the piles on my desk and wanted to organize them. He often lost his train of thought while there because of it.
This stopped me in my tracks! I had never thought that my mess could be impacting the way a student is learning. I vowed to make organization my goal that year and every year since then. I have days where I fall off the waggon and you might find a binder or two on my guided reading table but overall my whole day to day has changed.
1. I started using tools online to help me record my grades/anecdotal notes. I have a new goal to use google docs more effectively.
2. I tried a new system of storing my own papers. I used drop box. Instead of creating binders of units I started files on dropbox for my subjects.
3. I have two sets of three drawers bins on my counter. Each drawer has a label for the day of the week. My plans, resources,materials or anything I need for the day goes in that bin. Extra bin for "other". The other usually houses extra materials, the following weeks materials or activities for our tribes.
4. I did away with my desk. No desk means no spot to put my things.
I am still working on it every day but I noticed a huge difference. One area especially different was report card writing. Everything in one spot! No more flipping between duo tangs, notebooks, sticky notes etc. Ahhhhh!
Thanks to the admin who took the time to challenge me and pushed me forward in a way that might not be noticeable to others around me.
How do you organize in your classroom?