Is anyone else wondering how the summer goes by so fast? I feel like I just got out of school, blinked, and now it’s the middle of July. I have so much to get done before baby Jack decides to make his arrival (any day now), but I feel like I haven’t actually gotten a summer break at all because I’ve been preparing for the baby and trying to plan for school. I never realized how stressful preparing for maternity leave was going to be. School stuff has completely taken over my entire dining room for the last few months as I’ve been trying to get prepared for the year.
One resource that I have relied on for my entire teaching career is Teachers Pay Teachers. I love that I can go on their site and check out ideas from other teachers who are in the classroom every day, working with students just like mine. The products are affordable and the community of teachers is amazing, so it has really helped me come up with creative ideas and plans for my classroom. I have been using Teachers Pay Teachers since I was doing my student teaching in college, and I have always wanted to open my own store on the site, but I never took the leap until this summer. I finally decided that I would share some of my own creations and just try it out. I’m really excited about this new adventure! If you are a teacher or know a teacher, please check out my store and share it with your friends! I would greatly appreciate it!
As I’ve been preparing for my maternity leave, I’ve been trying really hard to make sure that I am super organized for the upcoming year. I decided to color code my grade levels this year as a way to help keep things simple for me and my sub when we’re sending papers and lesson plans back and forth. I decided to go with lime green for my 10th grade English classes and bright blue for my 11th grade English classes.
I’ve also been working on streamlining my classroom management plan so that my sub can go ahead and get my students started on the right foot so that when I go back after missing the first 6 to 8 weeks, we can hit the ground running. For me, binders are the easiest way to stay organized, so I created a Classroom Management Teacher Binder and an Editable English Language Arts Student Binder that should really help set up classroom rules and procedures in my absence. Both of these products are available in my new Teachers Pay Teachers store!!!