Day 71: Teaching Station
One of the most important areas for me in the classroom is my teaching station. Although I am not there for any length of time, it is important to have everything in its place and “staged” so that I can “do my thang” during class without trying to find things last minute.
- I use colored folders to organize for each class. These folders have a clear front pocket in which I place the seating chart; then I can use a dry erase to quickly take attendance. Inside the folders, I keep make-up quizzes with my students’ names on them, copies of notes and any other pertinent info for that particular class.
- On the first shelf, I have my remote control and TI Nspire handy along with storing the attendance folders.
- On the larger shelf, I keep a bin of extra pencils and stacks of papers that I might use that day. This is also where my classroom speakers and TI-Navigator access point reside.
- There is also a mini shelf that holds paper when I use the doc camera and a second mini shelf that holds the docking station for my computer.
- I also have a roller wire basket shelf where I keep essentials like tape, postits, etc., a bin of red and green pens for Frappys, scratch paper, and a bin of paint pens for students to mark their personal Nspires. On top of the wire basket shelf I placed an extra wood panel so I can place the document camera and a bin of needed writing tools: colored pens, highlighters and pencils along with scissors There are paper clips and styluses too. Next to it I have a bin of plastic mini-white boards with dry erase markers when I need them on the spur of the moment.
- Although it is hard to see, I have zip-tied an outlet strip to the side of the cart so I can readily plug in electronic devices that I might need.
Behind the cart I have a bookshelf I found at a garage sale (did I say how much I love to garage sale in the summer to outfit my classroom?!). It holds extra copies of the textbooks, make-up test forms, my Barron’s AP Stats MC flash cards, VCR/DVD player, hand sanitizer and jar of “Brain Breaks.” The purple shelf next to it holds electronic gadgets and cords, band-aids, etc. along with my DVDs for AP Stats.
As the year progresses, other things get added as needed. This organizational method helps me stay sane and not waste time during the class period. What do you do to keep yourself organized for class?