While most teachers are celebrating the end of another school year, I find myself feeling like this year flew by faster than any other. Only in my new classroom a little over two moths, June 11th seemed incredibly early to pack up for summer. Maybe being the second time I packed up this school year has something to do with it....
I decided to take my time and take pictures I packed.
Here are some of my tips and tricks for classroom management,
just little things that help my classroom run smooth, and make it more FUN!
Refill StationThis is where student go to find refill supplies for their table bins.
You know the feeling...
It's the end of the day.
You walk around to clean up your room, gathering the random crayons, pencils, sharpies, ect.
that have found their way next to the sink, on your desk, and under the the tables.
The last thing you want to do is go through each box and
figure out who is missing the red violet crayon.
I used to hate "free draw". It seemed no matter how talented a student, they just couldn't resist the urge
to pick up six crayons at once and scribble. AHHHHH.....
I now know that with clear expectations and lots of options for creative expression
free draw can work and well.
Who doesn't love a world map?Here is how I peak student interest in geography though art.
by pinning artists, art movements, traditional crafts, flora and fauna, ect. , as you teach them,
students quickly see
that ART IS EVERYWHERE!
Pin the tail on: Facial ProportionsUsing sticky tack and dry erase markers it is easy to demonstrate correct facial proportions.
I like to keep the blank face hanging, with the features in an envelope, and allow students to practice and play.
Loosing SuppliesI like to be a good sharer but my supplies always seemed to disappear.
By having a sign out I can keep track of what I loan out and when I get it back.
Collaboration made easyTable cards and Mix-it-up Sticks are just two of my quick and easy methods of mixing up students.
I have also used decks of cards, shape cutouts, and markers.
The more visible the more you'll use them.
I hope you find some of these ideas helpful.
I love finding new ways to manage my classroom so please share what works for you!
I will be sure to post more as I set up my classroom for next year.