Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Class Goals Poster

This year I decided to try something new regarding my class rules.  One piece of advice you always receive is to state rules positively, as in "do this," rather than "do not do that."  So instead of having class "rules" I decided to try class "goals."  I explained to students that these are the things we strive for in class every day (but we understand that some days we just aren't there).

All of this is coming from the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club.  I take no credit for the goals I am using (they all came from the club), but I do take credit for the signs that I am sharing in this post.
The goals are:
Listen with your full attention
Enter the room prepared and ready to learn
Always give your best effort on all your work
Respect yourself, others, and materials in the classroom
No excuses

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

My 40 HTWC Experience

As of yesterday, I am officially a graduate of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek  Club.  The club is a big investment, and I've heard from other teachers interested in the club, but not sure if the club is worth the money.  I can not definitively say if the club will work for you or not, but I can share my experience of the past year.

In November, I shared a video of my experience on my YouTube channel.  Initially, I wanted to write out a post for my blog, but since it's still winter break, I'd rather add an update and spend the time with my family.  Here's the link to my video:

Now that it is winter break, and my year is complete, I was able to accomplish something I never thought possible.  For the first time in my 6 years of teaching, I was able to do nothing work related over winter break.  I put in the work the week prior to break.  I have a routine that I previously blogged about in place that keeps me a week ahead.  I forced myself to maintain this routine despite everything else going on, I used a to do list from the club to organize my week, I was able to accept a minimum viable product (a good, not perfect project outline), and I even completed my household chores.  With the club, I was encouraged to try to reach this goal because I saw other teachers share their successes.  I'm empowered to give this strategy a try again this up-coming school week.  I hope that I can begin to take my weekends back.

The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club is accepting new members now through January 9th.  If the experience that I shared helped you decide to join, please include my name in your referral information - Brianne Beebe; email:  briannebeebe@gmail.com.

**This post is NOT sponsored.  All thoughts and opinions shared in the video and in this post are my own.

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.

Class Goals Poster

This year I decided to try something new regarding my class rules.  One piece of advice you always receive is to state rules positively, as ...