Friday, November 10, 2017

INB Templates

I use composition notebooks for my interactive notebooks.  An 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper (landscape orientation) cut in half fits perfectly in the notebooks. 

For the last 5 years I have been using the templates that I am sharing in this post.  With the first template I can choose to make a one-page or two-page spread.  With the second I make a mini-booklet of notes.

The templates can be downloaded below:
-INB Split-Page Template
-INB Mini-Booklet Template
(Print double-sided, flip on the short edge.)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Self Care #SundayFunday

This week's Sunday Funday prompt is "Self Care."

At first, I felt that I couldn't write this post, because I don't practice self care consistently.  Teaching takes so much out of us that it is imperative we take care of ourselves.  That being said, I took the time to think about ways that I do practice self care, and here are the ways that I've practiced self care in the past week:
  • I enjoy shopping, but don't have the time during the week, and I don't like the crowds on the weekend.  I prefer to go Saturday mornings before the stores are mobbed, and every now and then I will take time on Saturday mornings to go shopping alone.
  • One day last week I left school about 10 minutes after contract time to get home to exercise.
  • One night last week, I completed all of my priority school-related tasks for that day.  Instead of working on other school-related tasks to get ahead, I decided to spend some time on a project that I had been wanting to work on all week.  I enjoy crafting, and I want to make time to create more often. 
  • Every week I make time to clean my house.  Yes, again, this is something that I should always do.  I don't particularly enjoy cleaning, but I love being in a clean house.  It helps me enjoy my time at home more, and helps me stay calm.  I'm one of those people that cannot focus on my work if my work space is a mess.
  • Each school day, I tidy up my desk, classroom, and set out my materials for the next day.  Yes, these are things that I should do anyway.  But for me, some mornings can be extremely stressful.  This practice really cuts down potential stress for me. 
  • When possible, I put effort into my appearance.  I like to dress professionally, do something with my hair, and put on make up.  Ultimately, when I look good, I feel good.

Overall, I've found that every few days I need to make a task that makes me happy a priority.  This is not my definitive list of self care habits.  I'm still working on balancing work with home, but I thought it worthwhile to at least share what I have done recently for me.  The list turned out longer than I expected.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

My Week in Photos #SundayFunday

This week's Sunday Funday prompt is to share a photo of the week.
I'm cheating a little bit.  As much as I love blogging, I've been too busy to give it any attention.  I hate when this happens, and I always want to continue blogging consistently, but I'm starting to accept that this is just a reality of teaching.

Anyway, last year I started an Instagram account just for all of my teacher related posts.  This year I have been keeping up with my Instagram much better than my blog.  So instead of sharing just one photo from the week, I decided to share my week of Instagram photos instead.

I post daily Monday through Friday on Instagram.  I have been posting an outfit of the day, and a #teach180 post.  For #teach180 I like to share activities that we did, or pages we added to our interactive notebooks, or just some random tidbit from the day.  Last week I also started sharing a #ClassroomCloseup every Wednesday to show a part of my classroom in greater detail.

This year I've been enjoying using Instagram as a teacher, and I've found so many great teachers to follow.  I've also found so many great ideas and resources.  And while I love the teacher community we've formed on Twitter, Instagram is much more appealing to me.

If you want more details about the photos above, or want to keep with my daily teacher activity, follow me @busymissbeebe.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

My Classroom Tour #SundayFunday

This week's #SundayFunday prompt is to do a classroom tour. 
I love classroom tours!  I made mine as a video at the beginning of this school year, and so far nothing has really changed.

Submitted for your viewing pleasure, my classroom tour:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Favorite Math Task #SundayFunday

This week's #SundayFunday prompt is to share your favorite math task.

I have already blogged about some of my favorite tasks in the past, so I'm going to link to those.  I have three activities that I love, and I couldn't choose just one, so I am linking all three.

#1:  Students discover line and rotational symmetry in this task using shapes attached to 360 degree protractors with brads.

#2:  Students experience indirect measurement using a mirror.

#3:  In my most popular task among students, students discover cross sections of three dimensional shapes using play-doh.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

2017-2018 Emergency Sub Plans #SundayFunday

I just finished my first week of school.  While I enjoy participating in the Sunday Funday posts, I have to admit it is usually frustrating to me since all teachers start school at different times.  I often feel like I'm being forced to start contemplating things before I am ready for them because I am determined to still participate at the time that the posts are due for submission.

For this week, however, I was already prepared!  As school came to an end last year, I put a lot of thought into my emergency sub plans knowing that it often feels like one more thing piled on at the super-busy beginning of the school year.  I started prepping my emergency sub plans last June, and all I had to do this year was update it for my new schedule.

I made it to year 5 without ever having to use my emergency sub plans.  My school asks for three days of emergency sub plans to be submitted to the main office each year.  They did not give us any further direction aside from the mandate that we cannot send our copies to them to hold.  They must be somewhere easily accessible in our classroom.  My solution to this issue was to use the problems from the back of my Geometry textbooks in all of my classes making my emergency plans one page.  This works well if you regularly use your textbooks and have paper that is easily accessible to students.  I don't regularly use textbooks, so my students were likely confused when the sub told them to work from the textbook.  This work was also difficult to check.  What I love about worksheets is that they all the look the same, so I know where to look to check students' answers, and it makes checking/correcting so much faster.

This year I have a sub tub.  That's right, sub tubs are not just for elementary school anymore.  I think this will be a game-changer for me.  Previously, I had a binder, but binders can only hold so many papers (not enough for three days of three preps of sub plans).  For me, the primary appeal of using a sub tub is that I have a place to store all of the worksheets I make copies of, but don't actually end up using.  This doesn't happen often, but when it does, I feel so guilty.  Now I can just save these worksheets for when I have a sub.

Inside my sub tub, I have a folder two-pocket pronged folder.  The folder holds an additional copy of the sub plans I provide to the main office, important information about my classes, and rosters for each class.  I am on the fence about including seating charts.  When I subbed, I loved the teachers that included seating charts for my reference, however, I often make changes, and rarely update them.  How helpful can an out-of-date seating chart actually be?

After the folder, I have 9 hanging files.  I have one day for each of my three preps - Geometry, General Geometry, and SAT Prep.  I have a set of worksheets for each day (or at least I will once I make the appropriate copies - I waited to make copies so that I would have the correct amount for this school year).  Also inside each folder is an original copy of the worksheet in a page protector in case the sub has to make additional copies.

One last thing I added this year is a "Sub Tub Index."  This is a Google Doc saved in my school's Google Drive.  Having this index will allow me check what I have in my sub tub from home.  This way I won't be taking a stab in the dark trying to explain to the sub (or my department chair) which emergency plans to do (assuming I have the opportunity to direct which sub plans to execute for the day).

I'm so excited about how I re-vamped my emergency sub plans for this year that I made a video as a virtual tour of everything that is in my Sub Tub.

My 2017-2018 Classroom Tour

Everything is not perfect yet, and it may never be.  I'm totally okay with that.  Check out my classroom tour from the first day of school this year.

INB Templates

I use composition notebooks for my interactive notebooks.  An 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper (landscape orientation) cut in half fits perfectly in ...