Knows I have many strengths...
But organization is NOT one of them.
So I was reading some amazing things that Kristen,
Over at Ladybug's Teacher Files was posting about
And I stumbled upon the Optimum Organization Linky Party!
Emily has joined some organization Linky's before,
But I have yet to take on a challenge.
So I have decided to link up with Kristen from Ladybug's Teacher Files and Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B
Click the image above to link up and join the organization fun! ;)
I was thinking...
What do I need to organize most in my teaching world?
I stress teaching world because my apartment is COMPLETELY another story.
So am not going there. lol
One of the most important things in my world of Teaching and Learning Coach is my notebook of notes from training and grade level meetings.
This kind of reminds me of the days of keeping track of conferring notes.
I tried so many different methods,
But always seemed to go back to a notebook.
So that is what happened with my new position.
After all, working with teachers is kind of like conferring.
At least I look at it that way.
So here is my first notebook:
It's cute isn't?
On the outside!!!
The inside is quite a different story.
It was a complete mess on the inside!
You can see from the pages that it was well used.
I persevered through almost a semester.
I wasn't going to waste such a cute thing.
Why was it a mess you may wonder...
Well it wasn't organized at all.
I am between two schools.
I work with 12 different grade level groups.
And district trainings.
I couldn't find anything because my notes were all over the place.
I needed something different!
I needed something where notes were grouped together.
I was so happy when that cute little notebook was full.
Here was my second attempt:
|I took this the wrong way and am too lazy to take another lol!|
So as you can see from the not so great pictures,
I added labels.
This notebook is divided into 5 sections.
I used the first two sections for one school and the next two for my other school.
The final section, which wasn't nearly enough, was for my district level trainings.
I had a tab for grade levels and a tab for individual teachers.
With principals, I had a professional development tab (PD), a BLT (Building Leadership Team) tab, and a building tab.
The district level one ended up being a mess though because I go to so many different trainings.
I am still in the thought process for this section.
I definitely like my second method better,
But next year, I want to make it even better.
I am leaning towards doing a notebook again because it works for me.
So I am thinking about, maybe, going with this:
This program became popular with many people this past school year. (At least from what I noticed.)
Have you heard of Microsoft Word Notebook?
It is pretty much what I use, but electronic.
Oh and it has a microphone to record.
My notebook doesn't have that. lol
As you can see, the toolbar isn't much different than any other Microsoft toolbar.
They page you type on looks just like a notebook,
With tabs and all.
You can add tabs by clicking on the plus. (See image below)
I created a mock page in the document so you can see what it looks like.
It is super easy to use!
I am still a little nervous about making this transition.
I want to play around with it more before I make the final decision.
You might wonder why I haven't done so already.
The main reason is because my buildings weren't wireless.
They should be by now though.
I'll let you know what I decide. :)
I watched a tutorial from Mrs. Stanford's Class on how to create signatures.
Thought I'd try it out.
Her's a way cuter!!
It is still a work in progress. lol
I went with orange to try to go with our blog color.
I added blue because it's my favorite color.
It is a complimentary color to orange!