What do you do with all your weekly copies?
I don’t know about you, but my first grade team plans as a grade level. It’s wonderful! If you don’t currently plan as a grade level, I highly recommend it! We already have a lot on our plates, so it’s nice to not have to worry about planning every subject, every week. Instead, you can focus on one subject each week and plan that very well. This is also a great time to practice communication with your team. You can discuss what is working and what may not be working with your class and also get a brief overview of what your other teammates planned for that week. In my opinion, this is a great way to plan. However, it comes with a lot of papers and we are usually a week ahead, so what do you do with all the copies??
I organize all my papers for the next week on Friday afternoon, usually during my planning, so I am prepared for the next week. I don’t like to come in on Monday and already feel behind for the week. When I starting thinking about how I wanted to organize my weekly papers and activities, I asked some of my teammates to see how they organized their papers for the week. They had some good solutions, but still not exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something that wasn’t too bulky and that I could put by my desk.
The Perfect Solution
So, I set out to find the perfect solution. I went to my favorite store for all things organization, The Container Store! I don’t get many things there because it is pretty expensive and most of the time you can find something similar somewhere else. But, I found this cute file organizer at The Container Store and I LOVE it. It’s perfect for organizing the weekly copies and activities. It has a slot for each day of the week and one extra slot for extra papers that I don’t get to that week and need to slide into the following week or that I can save for a substitute.
I also put labeled file folders in each slot for each subject. Each day, I know exactly what I am doing with independent practice sheets, activities and any books that I want to read for that day. All of these fit nice and neat in this organizer and it’s perfect for keeping up with daily and weekly activities. Also, if you are anything like me, you will love to see each slot empty at the end of the day. It’s a lot like the feeling of marking things off your to-do list each day. I am that person that will write something on my to-do list just to mark it off, who else does that?
This system has worked really well for me because I have it right by my desk and I am able to get the file folders out each morning and they are ready for the day. It’s also nice in case I have to be out unexpectedly, my team can go to the organizer and grab the folders and everything they need to do for that day is right there ready to go. There are many other systems out there for organizing the daily work and activities, what works for you in your classroom?