Archive for July, 2013
Welcome to the Educator Station. I am Mrs. Frugal Firstie.
I'm here to help you give your classroom budget a lesson in savings.
No matter your budget or teaching environment, any teacher can set up their classroom for year -long learning. Join me as I help you get creative and explore cost-effective ideas that you can use any time of the year.
I will offer a five part series on my Top 5 Tips to a Cost-Effective School Year
Tip #1- Plan Ahead
Tip #2- Collaborate- Use the People Around You
Tip #3- Be Frugal- Find the Bargains
Tip #4- Surf the Web- Use the Internet to get ideas
Tip #5- Use Your Words
Tip #1- Plan Ahead
If you're like me, you are running to the nearest store the night before the hundredth day to get cereal for your necklaces or expediting the shipping on your butterfly kit before you wrap up your science unit. Poor planning = $$$ out of your pocket
So in this section we will create a year-long planning sheet to help avoid these unnecessary trips and budget blow-outs. When tax season comes you won't have hundreds/thousands of dollars in receipts just $250.
For the most part you know what your year looks like. Back to School in August/September and End of the Year in June. The important thing is to fill in the months that fall between the beginning and end of the year. I have created a template to help you with this process. This will require you to look ahead at all your teacher resources; school calendar, teacher manuals as well as the Common Core Standards.
This is the most time consuming part of our series but it is also the foundation you set for yourself. Doing it once will save you time and money in years to come. Granted it will need to change as your lessons, district and budgets change. *Flexibility my friends will keep you sane.
Tip #1- Plan Ahead
Many of you already do this in one way or another. Depending on your district/school requirements you may have a layout of your year ready to use. However for some of you this may take some time to create. In today's post I will walk you through the way I have created my year-long planning guide. I hope it works for you as well.
Step 1: Choose a layout that works for you.
These are easily available online (why recreate the wheel when your fellow co-workers have them ready for you to use) or if you are tech savvy go ahead and create your own.
Step 2: Gather your materials
Current school year calendar, teacher manuals, pacing guides, Common Core Standards, etc.
Step 3: Set your Focus
Start with one subject at a time. This will allow you to pace yourself and not get overwhelmed. I suggest starting with the subject you are most familiar/comfortable with. Now sift through your materials and determine what time of year you are studying specific content. Fill in your layout with objectives or key words subject by subject until your year is complete. When you have finished, you will have an at-a-glance look at your school year.
Step 4: Make a List
Using your at-a-glance school year layout, you are now ready to make a checklist of topics you teach.
Along with the topics you teach you will have a spot to write down any materials you might use during this unit as well as a section for your notes. This will be extremely helpful in the years to come!
Step 5: Apply It
You've done all this work, now go on and use it. Refer to it during your weekly planning and when you are writing out parent newsletters. Be sure to keep your checklist handy when you go shopping.
If it doesn't work, adjust it. This isn't an end all, be all layout. It needs to fit your needs and be prepared to make changes to it.
Hello! I am so excited to join the blogging world! Welcome to Educator Station! There will be a team of first grade teachers posting on this blog. You will find all sorts of fun posts that align with Scott Foresman's First Grade Reading Street Curriculum, as well as The University of Chicago's Everyday Math Curriculum.
Summer is going by fast and school will be here before we know it! I have been busy getting ready to begin a new school year.
I made this skills sheet for the review unit in Reading Street to help me plan for the first few weeks of school.
Hoping you are all having a great summer!