Working Hard

It’s back to school time. Even though I’ve never been able to turn off my “school brain”, I really just started working on getting my school stuff organized and made. I still have so much to do that it’s overwhelming. Can’t get into my room until maybe Thursday, which isn’t bad, but I’m afraid I will get distracted with decor, instead of completing things that need to be done. We don’t have access to our copier or laminator until maybe late next week, so I need to make sure everything is ready for those machines when they are available.

Here’s some of the Anchor Charts I’ve been working on….




I’m constantly repeating these things, so I am hoping with the chart, I won’t have to repeat as much.

IMG_1565We always talk about how to pick out books that are a good fit for us, so this year I made this chart. I added an image from Shawnna Rennae Porter at Lovelytocu on Etsy to kind of spruce it up a bit.

IMG_1566I’m hoping to incorporate more reading conferences. I’d like to meet with each student at least every other day – even if it’s only for a few minutes.


Self-Monitoring is one of our first strategies we are to teach, so I found this chart on Pinterest and added an image from The Joyful Learner Link Button


IMG_1568I had found a similar Anchor Chart on Pinterest, but I knew I needed to add a bit more. I use points and checkmarks at times, and my students are always asking, what does this mean/what’s my grade. So I thought this would help. Clip Art images are by



Finally, today, I worked on updating my Attendance SMART Notebook file. I haven’t changed it in years, and I was just tired of it.

So I used Fonts by                       Graphics/Frames by                         Backgrounds by

                            A GFTP Credit Button-10                               

Slide1Right now I have it set that students will just move their number to either Packing or Buying. Might change it to their names, but not sure.


Now, I’m trying to put together an Open House PowerPoint presentation that will run continuously while the parents and students are in and out of the room.

Things never end, but it’s good. I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have things to keep working on.








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