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Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Organizing Important Papers for Meet the Teacher Day

   Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Organizing Important Papers for Meet the Teacher Day
Setting Out The Important Papers For Meet the Teacher Day!
I've taught over 20 years and I've never worked at a school that had all the important papers for the families ready to go early for Meet the Teacher Day.
It wasn't the school's fault, maybe the "BIG" copy machine broke, {Died from the "return from summer" slam!} maybe it was a late delivery of Handbooks from the District Office, it could have been a great idea the team leader just came up with, whatever the reason, you can get upset, angry and sweat like C.R.A.Z.Y if you're in the 100 degree heat here in Florida. You can develop an ulcer even before school starts....OR, you can try this little trick this year and then come back and let me know if it helped you go home happy, calm and ready to face all the students the next day! 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Organizing Important Papers for Meet the Teacher Day
* Take all the papers that you keep getting and set them up buffet-style at your reading table {see picture} or push students desks together to form a long table. 
* Then have the families start at one end of the table ONLY and work their way to the end of the table AND have the sign-in sheet AT THE END of all of the papers. That way they usually wouldn't take just a few of the papers and get out of line.
* This way you can keep the line going one way, while you smile and make small talk with everyone and this will make sure everyone gets all the different forms and items they need to take home. 
* BEST PART.... you can add a stack of anything to the end of the "buffet-line" if the office continues to send anything, anything at all, at the very last minute!
That's the tip, I hope it helps!
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Organizing Important Papers for Meet the Teacher Day

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Bright Ideas Blog Hop - Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the Entire School Year

Fern Smith's Bright Ideas Blog Hop - Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the School Year
Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the Entire School Year
Sure, I know we all don't mind buying things for our classroom, a few items here, a few items there...a couple of packs of red construction paper for the cutest Valentine's Day craft you saw on Pinterest the night before. But it is tax time friends, I been busy with receipts and all these "little" purchases all add up! I've spent most of my career in Title 1 Schools. I would rather spend my personal money on groceries for the families, clothing, bed sheets, back packs, etc. than construction paper. The key is to order enough with your beginning of the school year money and if you don't get a lot of that, asking parents, business partners and churches for supplies in August when everyone is generous and asking you, "What do you need for your classroom?"
http://www.fernsmithsclassroomideas.com/2014/04/bright-ideas-blog-hop-buying-and.html
 I've joined up with other Blogger-Friends again this month to write a blog post with only a tip, a useful idea....then when you get a moment you can hop around using our linky below to see all sorts of useful ideas to help you in the classroom.
So, you ask, what is the big deal about construction paper?  
Well, I believe that organization is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher. It is the difference between a great teacher and an excellent teacher. 
We all want to be THAT excellent teacher, the one where the kids are well behaved, they are engaged & learning and still having fun and...you get to leave at 3:30 pm. 
Now close your eyes and picture the exact opposite, that teacher you know in your building that is always looking for the "great lesson she just ran off on the copier" or her keys, or a KID! That one person you know that is "hahaha" always misplacing things. It maybe funny in a 30 minute sitcom, but now when your personal child is in that class and the minutes, hours, days and weeks just tick by with a teacher who doesn't plan well, can find things and constantly tells the kids, "pull out a book for a few minutes" it is no longer funny.
You Don't Want To Be Known As That Teacher! 
Organization doesn't come easy for a lot of people, so start small and things will get better and better. That's why construction paper is a great place to start.
Bright Ideas Blog Hop - Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the Entire School Year 
FIRST: I recommend ordering/buying the 18 x 24 construction paper. When you need a smaller, 18 x 12 piece, you can cut or slice a page in half. 
SECOND: I recommend stacking them on a storage shelf by what you might use each month. August on the top and June on the bottom. That way what you USUALLY need for August is on the top and easily accessible. Then when you use that, the next month, September, will be on the top for easy access.
THIRD: When you open a pack of 50 pages, whatever is leftover after your activity, place on top of your stack and it will slowly become a stack of assorted pages. So when you need a random selection of colors, for get well cards, or a rainy day recess, it is right on the top for you to quickly grab a handful, instead of having to take the time to pull out a few sheets of blue, a few sheets of pink, a few sheets of red....meanwhile, your class is out of control! 
FOURTH: Here is list of what I recommend ordering, it is based on the different seasonal activities you might do each month. Thanksgiving in November, St. Valentine's Day in February, etc.
 At the end of your school year, you can review and revise it to see if you need more red in February or less dark green in December based on your favorite crafts and activities. If any of this is confusing, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll answer your specific question. :)
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Bright Ideas Blog Hop - Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the Entire School Year
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Fern's Freebie Friday ~ FREE Color For Fun Back To School

 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color for Fun Welcome Back to School Resource with over 65+ pages of coloring page printables for Back to School at her TeacherspayTeachers Store. TPT.
When you get to the TpT page, click on the green preview button to download the free page.
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color for Fun Welcome Back to School Resource with over 65+ pages of coloring page printables for Back to School at her TeacherspayTeachers Store. TPT.
I have revised my Back to School Color For Fun Resource. It now has 68 pages of crisper fonts, borders and graphics. If you have previously purchased this, you can go to your "My Purchases" page on TPT and download it again. 
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color for Fun Welcome Back to School Resource with over 65+ pages of coloring page printables for Back to School at her TeacherspayTeachers Store. TPT.
10 Previews of the 68 Pages!
Have a lovely weekend friends!



Indoor Recess ~ Wild Animal Fun!

  Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas - Indoor Recess Activity - Wild Animal Free Printable Downloads to Help You in Your Classroom develop an Indoor Recess Binder! FREE!
Wild Animal Game - Perfect for Some QUIET Indoor Recess Game
What? Wild Animals? How can a game named wild animals be a quiet game? Oh, but it is, it is and your students will love it! Below are the directions for this great game, as well as a link for the free printable directions.You can print them and place them in an "INDOOR RECESS" binder in your classroom. They're also terrific for your Substitute Folder, for some time fillers or brain breaks to help you or your sub. 
ENJOY! :)
Click here or on the picture below to download the directions.
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas - Indoor Recess Activity - Wild Animal Free Printable Downloads to Help You in Your Classroom develop an Indoor Recess Binder! FREE! 
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Inferencing Task Cards

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Inferencing Task Cards available at TeacherspayTeachers.
A variety of cards have been included for you to use based on your students’ abilities as well as the time of year that you are reviewing or reinforcing the material. Bright inviting photographs that the students love! ♥

RECOMMENDED LEVELS

Match the word only cards to the picture only cards.
Match the inferencing questions to the picture with word cards.
Match the inferencing questions to the picture only cards.
Match the inferencing questions to the word only cards.

This Inferencing Resource Includes:
20 Task Cards with Color Photographs
20 Task Cards with Color Photographs and Vocabulary Words
20 Task Cards with Words Only
20 Task Cards with Inferencing Questions
3 Recording Sheets
3 Answer Keys
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Inferencing Task Cards available at TeacherspayTeachers.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Inferencing Task Cards available at TeacherspayTeachers.
A variety of cards have been included for you to use based on your students’ abilities as well as the time of year that you are reviewing or reinforcing the material.

Use one week for sequential lessons.

Monday: Match the word only cards to the picture only cards.
Tuesday: Match the inferencing questions to the picture with word cards.
Wednesday: Match the inferencing questions to the picture only cards.
Thursday: Match the inferencing questions to the word only cards.
Friday: As an assessment with 8 or 16 questions.

This Inferencing Resource Includes:
32 Task Cards with Color Photographs
32 Task Cards with Color Photographs and Vocabulary Words
32 Task Cards with Words Only
32 Task Cards with Inferencing Questions
3 Recording Sheets
3 Answer Keys 

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Inferencing Task Cards available at TeacherspayTeachers.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Inferencing Task Cards available at TeacherspayTeachers. 

This Inferencing Resource Includes:
16 Task Cards with Color Photographs
16 Task Cards with Color Photographs and Vocabulary Words
16 Task Cards with Words Only
16 Task Cards with Inferencing Questions
3 Recording Sheets
3 Answer Keys
1 Teacher Direction Sheet

Use one week for sequential lessons.
Monday: Match the word only cards to the picture only cards.
Tuesday: Match the inferencing questions to the picture with word cards.
Wednesday: Match the inferencing questions to the picture only cards.
Thursday: Match the inferencing questions to the word only cards.
Friday: As an assessment with 8 or 16 questions.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Inferencing Task Cards available at TeacherspayTeachers.


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