Saturday, July 21, 2012

Make It Work

For the past couple of nights I have spent the hours trying to fall asleep some time running ideas in my brain.  You know those moments when your brain won't shut off because you have all these ideas?  So, with not being able to fall asleep, it hits me.  Bam!  Make it work!  Does that sound familiar to any of you?  That's right...Project Runway and Tim Gunn!
I think the name came to me because Project Runway started it's new season this week.  Tim Gunn's voice has now been ringing in my head "Make it work!"

Here is my first "Make It Work" Moment for you all:
Post It Note To Do Lists

As a follower of "The Clutter Free Classroom" (link here) she inspires me to become better organized in my classroom.  She thinks of things that make me go "Duh! Why didn't I think of that!?"

She created a Blackline Master of Post It Note To Do lists.  Now, if any of you know me at all, you know my love of Post It Notes.  I have colors upon colors, different shapes, and different sizes.  I love that I can move them where I want.  I love that they are concise and to the point when I have to write something (makes me edit my words).  I love to use Sharpies and colored pens on them.  I think I love Sharpies even more than Post Its however!

Since I teach preschool, I do not need a Grade section on my Teacher To Do list.  I decided that I could make my own.  I also just bought larger Post It Notes with lines on them, so I wanted to create a template that would use that size.  I am also the administrator of the preschool, so I created an Administrative To Do list.  Last school year I was always forgetting the Administrative "stuff" that I had to do or realizing that I forgot it in the middle of a lesson.  Now I can just flip to my Teacher Binder, and add it to the list.

I printed my sheets on cardstock and slipped them into page protectors.  Now I can change the Post It out when everything is complete!

Here is my version (with a list of tasks already!):

I also made a set for smaller Post It notes.  And thanks to my wonderful Mom, she was able to pick up Sharpies on sale.

Another option I made is for my aides.  I will laminate this one and hang it in the classroom.  I will have the jobs listed what I need my aides to prepare.  Clutter Free Classroom had a version like this as well.

So with that, I am off to the fair and the Drive In for the new Batman movie (my first time at a drive in!).

Make it work!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Welcome to my new Blog!

With encouragement from Tiffany and her adorable blog as well as Laurissa and her witty and entertaining blog, plus finding all those wonderful teaching blogs I have found on Pinterest, I have decided to venture into the world of blogging.  As I was trying to come up with what to blog about, I decided it's going to be a little of this and a little of that.

One day I might take something from Pinterest and show how I made it work.  Perhaps it will be in my classroom or in my house.  Maybe it will be a new recipe I tried.  Maybe it will be something funny one of my students said.  Regardless of what it is, I hope that I will be helpful and give some inspiration to someone!