Back at it…Duct Tape!!!

I’ve been at a College Board Pre-AP training in Plano, TX all week but now I’m back in Kansas and ready to get back to work in my classroom!! I got the idea of duct tape in the classroom from pinterest but the idea for this color theme came from http://clutterfreeclassroom.blogspot.com/ (love love LOVE her blog on classroom organization!!). I think I’ll use the tape on my bulletin boards and other things throughout the room that it will stick too without ruining it! I’m going to use green and blue painters tape on my white boards as well. The green tape came from The Container Store (aka heaven) and the rest from WalMart. The closest Container Store to me is about 7 hours away so I was PUMPED to find out there was one in Plano!! Will post pictures of my duct tape projects as I complete them!!

Summer To-Do list

Now that I’ve completed two crazy years of teaching middle school, I’ve decided it’s time to start tackling my to-do list for next year. It’s a long one — I’ve got a lot of work today before they shut off the air conditioning at the school! I might just have to tough it out and brave the 114 degree temps in there like last year. oy.

  • Clean out storage cabinets — I’ve got huge storage cabinets in my room that are not being used right now because I haven’t found a good function for them. Maybe it’s the posters of 1983?? I don’t know though….
  • Clean out file cabinets — again filled with useless papers from 20 years ago
  • My teacher’s desk — clean out, find a better place for it in my classroom
  • Planbook/Teacher binder — I’ve found some GREAT ones on other blogs. Will post pictures once I have them created
  • Tubs & drawers — NEED TO BE ORGANIZED!! Might hit up the Container Store or some garage sales once I get the cash
  • Curtains — I’m thinking black sheer??
  • Bulletin board — recover, calendar, pennant flags?? love those I’ve seen on Pinterest…I’m a pinterest junky!!
  • Order supplies from the district warehouse!
    • construction paper
    • POSTERS!!! LOTS OF THEM
    • sticky notes
    • markers
    • dry erase markers
    • scissors
    • glue sticks
    • 3-ring binders
    • push pins
    • Jumbo Post-it Posters
  • Rearrange desks into table groups
  • Create a place to display student work
  • Black borders
  • Create a color theme — I’m thinking black, gray, and yellow or black, lime green, and blue
  • Organize my unit binders
  • LESSON PLAN LESSON PLAN LESSON PLAN LESSON PLAN
  • Create student info sheets for my teacher binder
    • Student name
    • Preferred name
    • Email
    • Parents names
    • Parent email and phone number
  • Book shelf — need more or need to better utilize the ones I have
  • Bathroom/Library passes — thinking of using wooden block letters L and R and painting them?
  • Picture frame dry erase boards — thinking of putting one in the hallway?? I have a feeling I might forget to change it though…
I’m sure the list will grow and grow! This is just what I made on the last day of school….will post pictures as I am able to check things off.¬†