Friday, March 30, 2012

Dual Organization

This year has been a LEARNING experience for me as a new dual teacher. I know it seems like something so small, but classroom organization in a 50/50 dual classroom really is the KEY to SUCCESS. I have learned many lessons along the way. Along with the help of my student teacher and dual partner (listed below), I have developed 3 ideas that I will continue to use as a dual teacher.

* Our students travel back and forth from Spanish to English daily and many items go with them. After trying many other options, my dual partner (Lucy Cunningham) and I created these. At $0.50/bag it is an affordable and durable item for the students to use. We purchased them at Walmart and then decorated what we call our "travel bags"! 
* Up until recently, I had two different bags of sticks that the students decorated. Not only was this hard to constantly switch bags for a stick pick, but I ended up loosing one of the bags. By color coding the TOPS of the sticks, I am able to pull a stick from whichever color is in my room. It's the little things that count! 
* It is hard to imagine that something so meager can cost so much money and time. I created a different supply bucket at the beginning of the year...and after 5 months, it was apparent that it did not work. Students in my class have community supplies given our dual environment, so I developed a way to organize and keep track of the supplies in a quick and easy way with the help of my student teacher (Brittany Lindsay)! 
Each pencil, eraser, marker, scissors, highlighter etc is wrapped with electrical tape for that color group. Throughout the day/week we do random supply checks and students either get a positive consequence for all supplies being there or a negative consequence for missing supplies. After a few weeks, we have only lost 1 marker! Before this, I was paying TONS of money to replace supplies! 

I hope that these tidbits help! 
Ms. W

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Teachers Pay Teachers

Several people have suggested for me to post some of my original presentations, brochures, games and activities on the TpT website. Well, I finally went ahead and set myself up. If you want to browse my items, go to and check it out.