Organization Woes and the Future

What is the opposite of a “type A” personality?

That is what I am. Whatever that is called.

as an example, this post. Unorganized thoughts at the end of a school year.

Student’s system:

In geometry I give each student a 1 inch 3-ring binder (which I keep in my class and re-use each year) and a composition notebook used as interactive notes. Most of the time students store their notebook inside of a pocket in the binder. This year students set up dividers labeled:

  • warm ups
  • Learning Targets
  • practice
  • projects
  • assessments

I am hoping to focus more on spiraling the curriculum and verbal assessments with student portfolios. I am considering students organizing their binders next year dividing it by hexter (my schools equivalent of quarters – we use sixths of a school year)

I still need to plan over the summer how I can do to things with geometry:

  1. Spiral Curriculum – resources to get started:
    1. Geoff Krall
    2. Alex Overwijck
  2. Although I use standards based grading. I want to improve it. I need to do a better job of measuring student learning using a body of evidence, not just one or two written assessments. I want to include an face to face interview / portfolio discussion with each student as a key element of their grades.
    1. When I do give a written assessment, include pace for feedback & student corrections or response as part of the assessment.

My mess:

I’m on a mission to take up less space in my classroom. I currently have a big laptop cart, a huge desk, 2 bookshelves, a cabinet, a tall file cabinet and a large table all for my crap. It is getting ridiculous. I’ve noticed that regardless of how much space I make for myself in my classroom, I use all of it and it is all always covered in papers. So I found a much smaller desk, and I am eliminating the big table. I am getting rid of anything I haven’t used in the past 2 years – or at least getting it out of my classroom. Here it is today. I’ll post an “after” pic and update in a few days.

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