So, when I first saw Lorraine at Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies To Do List Linky, I was excited! I love lists. Making lists calms me down and focuses me. Boyfriend likes to joke that I make lists of lists I need to make (really, I've only put writing a list on a to do list once, at the end of last school year, promise!). I was so excited to link up, but didn't have time right then.
Fast forward to my next second of spare time, when I check Blogger. So many lists posted! I start to read them. Lots of good ideas, many similar to mine. But, the more I read, the more things get added to my mental list of things to do. I start flashing back to the one and a half days I had in my classroom before school started last year, remembering how many little, mundane things there are to do. And, my grade-level teammate who was super organized is not coming back, so I can't just follow her around doing everything she does. I have to do it all on my own (not totally true, I still have one fabulous teammate left and I'm sure the new two will be great, but ...). I realized that I cannot make a list of everything I need to do before school starts right now. I can't handle it.
Sooo ... I'm doing Lorraine's linky a little different, to save my sanity.
This is my list of things I need to do before August 6th, when I can get into my classroom. As that draws nearer, I will make a list of things to do before we officially have to come back, and then later, a list of things to do on those teacher duty days before the kiddos come. I guess I just made a list of To Do Lists to make. Maybe Boyfriend is right.
(before getting keys)
- Organize my big messy boxes of papers
- Plan and make behavior management (clip chart, recording, clothes pins)
- Grand Canyon Lesson Plans (My teacher-brain was in full swing on our road trip)
- Read teacher books I just bought: The Book Whisperer, Rethinking Homework,