Despite every lick of training I received, I don't think it could have been emphasized enough that every aspect of your life needs to be planned and ready as a teacher. Sure, I can write a mean lesson plan, and most of us can when we graduate! However, the reality is that no one ever asks you to write one in real life, and what those plans should've included is how will you group students? where will you keep headphone cords so no one trips (and drama ensues)? how will you teach kids to work in the hallway? These questions plagued my first classroom, and unfortunately, I learned through some wine-drinking-inducing days. That's okay, though - they can't teach us everything!
This year, my answer to a few of those questions is finally in tact, and my life feels like a breeze. Part of that could be my class; I've never loved a class more (don't tell the others)! However, a couple solutions are on my list of "keep doing that in the future."
1) Crate Seats: These are all the rage on Pinterest's teacher page, and I know why. These sturdy seats were about $15 to assemble, they're easier to clean and store than bean bags, and I love that they are our "hallway seats." If you're in the hallway, you have a crate. It's not only your pass to be there working, but it stores the necessary headphones and clipboard to solve the hallway's pitfalls. Yes, in small spaces, we ooze to the hallway!
2) My Headphone Holder: This was purchased and assembled in the mere hours before school started, and the credit goes to a teaching partner! For $5, I bought a clear over-the-door shoe holder, and labeled each pocket with a laminated number that corresponds to each student's iPad number. It's hanging on my wall with hot glue, and I am over the moon that we're not losing, breaking, or fighting headphones and their cords anymore! I feel like I'm smart enough that I should've thought of this sooner...
Anyway, I'm happy to be back in my corner of the Internet, and I have things to share in the coming weeks. I promise I'll be around a little more. After all, my school life is a little more organized with each passing year :)