Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Updates, Curriculum Binder, & Vocabulary Walls

To say that I have been 'out of the loop' of blogging is an understatement.  So, what have I been doing??  Well, my wonderful husband gave me a 4-hour gift certificate for here...  {ah-hum.. that's Urban Sanctuary Spa in Athens, GA in the Boulevard Historic District}.
This isn't the best picture... I was too relaxed to really take any!

It was my graduation/mother's day present.  It sure made all those hours I spent on my Ed.S. degree worth it!  I chose to be 'Queen for a Day' and it was W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L.!  I got a full body massage, a body scrub, a facial, a scalp massage, lunch, and a pedicure/foot massage.  Ahhhhh... I didn't want to leave!

I have also been here....

My two year old insists on going swimming every day.... FINE.WITH.ME!

I have also been super busy working on math vocabulary wall sets like a crazy woman.  I've had the sweetest teacher buds asking for their specific grade level, and I'm just too sweet to say no.  With that said, I wanted to share the ones I have available so far.  I DO NOT have K or 2nd grade and I really do not know when I will have these.  I love making these things, but there comes a time when you have to say no.  I want to enjoy my time with my sweet boys because I only have a month left of summer.  WHAT???  That's just crazy to me.  These are all available in my TpT store along with coordinating 'I Can' statements {I do not have 5th grade 'I Cans' right now... I will have them before August.. hopefully}!  You can click each picture to go to my store.  Wait.... THERE IS MORE.... A FREEBIE FOR YOU!


Do you have/use a curriculum binder?  I started using one last year, but it didn't work for me because I didn't take the time to organize it and get it the way I wanted it.  This year, I am determined to make it work because it is such a useful tool.  I already have a school-wide assessment binder that I use for my data team meetings.  My data team binder can get pretty thick towards the end of the school year.  I want a separate binder where I will store my everyday things like lesson plans, standards, etc..  

So... what will I use this binder for?  I plan on using my curriculum binder EVERY DAY! This will be my go-to place for standards, lesson plans, weekly & benchmark assessment results, guided math plans, etc.  Anything I need for planning will be in my binder.  During my Ed.S. program at The University of Georgia, I read A LOT about taking the time to plan your differentiated lessons.  When differentiating the RIGHT way, it SHOULD take anywhere from 45 minutes-1 hour to truly differentiate a weeks worth of plans.  Since I only teach math, I have an advantage.  This is something I REALLY want to work on this year.  I believe that having this binder will aid in my development of this.  I also plan to look at each and every assessment closely and closely monitor EACH child's progress on pre/post tests.  

I am starting to get things together, and I wanted to share a few things about it.  First of all, I bought a heavy duty 2" binder from Office Max.  

I am picky about my binders, the rings had to be flat on one side so it would close without me having to adjust my papers.  I also like the one touch open/close clasp.  

I also like the tiered pockets on the sides... I don't really have a reason for this.. lol!  

I would show the rest of my binder, but I don't have it completely ready yet.  I do want to share the sections I plan on organizing.  I created some cutesy title pages that I will put in page protectors and place behind each divider tab.  I bought the divider tabs you can write/erase.  Even though I use a sharpie to write on them with, I have found that you can use a magic eraser if you ever need to change them. 
It's obvious here that I have A LOT of work to do!  I used post-its to jot down ideas of tabs as I went through my pages.

So... here is what I have so far.  The sections I plan on including (and have included here in this link for you to have... for FREE) are
o lesson plans 
o curriculum map
o pacing guide
o common core standards
o georgia performance standards (I did not include this one since it is state specific...    we still have to teach the GP standards this year ALONG with the CC)
o standard examples
o grade level alignment (vertical alignment)
o teaching vocabulary
o birthdays
o parent contacts
o notes
o classroom records
o book issue list
o weekly assessments: pre/post
o benchmark assessments: pre/post

Previously, I posted a freebie that included a birthday, parent contact, notes, classroom records, and book issue list that you can use in your binder.  Once I get my binder complete, I plan on posting again with a detailed look inside as well as any additions I may have added, and MORE FREE FORMS.

Again, don't forget your TITLE PAGES and your CURRICULUM BINDER FORMS.  

So, now I have a question for you.  What are some other things you include in your binder if you have something similar?

One last thing... I also need to include my guided math plans.  I have created a lesson plan template just for guided math because it deserves so much more than just a small box.  That's another thing... small boxes make you feel that your plans need to fit inside that small box.  Well, I just don't think that is enough room!  You can get the guided math template by clicking the picture below.  You will be directed to my post where I talk about it more.
Whew!  That was a long post!  Don't forget to leave any additions below!  I look forward to hearing from you.

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  1. This is excellent! I love your Common Core Math Vocabulary Cards & am going to buy them closer to school starting. Thank you SO much for the curriculum binder freebies. My teammate and I were going to start putting that together tomorrow!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    1. I plan on joining in on the huge back to school sale that TpT is going to have in August. Go put them on your wishlist and wait!!! So glad you can use the binder pages. I have made mine already, and I plan on posting about it when I get ti complete.

  2. Hi Terri,

    I have also bought your vocabulary packet for third grade and love it. Great job! I was wondering if you would consider adding "face" and "edge" to the geometry section?

    Thanks! Have a great summer.


    1. I will :) When I update it, you should get an email notification. Glad you like them!


  3. I use something similar, and include a Parent Contact Log (to record notes from conversations/meetings/phone messages left with parents.

    I totally agree on having 2 binders, 1 for data and 1 for curriculum/general class needs. It's a lot easier to find what you need.

  4. I have recently stumbled upon your blog and LOVE it. Thank you for sharing so much of what works for you and what you're trying next. I'd love to hear more about how you differentiate a week's worth of lesson plans in an hour! I swear I spend all weekend trying to differentiate 15 sets of lessons. (I teach 6th math, 7th prealgebra and 8 algebra.)

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I only teach math and science so planning isn't that difficult. My two math classes pretty much do the same thing each day since they are both 4th grade. The science is pretty easy to plan since I have a huge collection of interactive lessons. I plan on really working with my math plans this year so my planning time will take much longer.



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