The Eclectic Teacher...
by Ginny Hoover
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Ginny's List for Going Back to School
- Check out teachers.net/gazette/AUG02/hoover.html for last year's list of 10! And then add...
- Create a supply list for students. Then, include one extra classroom need on each list like Ziploc baggies (holds small manipulatives, can be used for science materials, holding reading activities, etc.), boxes of tissues (to be available for entire classroom use), etc.--things that the class may need throughout the year yet easily obtained by parents. This should not be extreme in cost, but such small donations really help to stretch the classroom budget. They should be suggestions---not requirements.
- Arrange, decorate, and make comfortable your space. Make your area a pleasant place to be. Don't forget that you'll be spending a quite of few hours there. This will be worth the extra effort.
- Organize while you have the time. Even if it means coming in a day early. Make sure you know where things are and that you have a place for everything. I used empty computer paper boxes (from the school supplies---about the same size as file boxes). I put unit materials together along with the teaching notebook I had made for each unit into the box. Throughout the year when I came across additional ideas for teaching a certain topic, I opened the lid labeled for that unit and dropped it in on top. The next time I used the unit, I filed all new materials where they belonged in the unit files.
- Look for timesaving strategies that will help you. For instance, don't reinvent the wheel---look for what you need on the Internet. Below are some things that will help you in that search! Have a good year! --Ginny
Ginny's Long List of Places to Find Free Teaching Resources
- Ginny's Educational WebPages...I have kept this page for a long time. It provides links to pages that will help teachers in their classrooms...check it out! www.geocities.com/ginnyks/patternsforteachers.html
and look at www.geocities.com/ginnyks/resources.html for magazines and journals online for teachers.
- Teachers Net list of free printables---lengthy list, check them out!
- About.com Free Printables---include a wide variety of materials such as patriotic printables, scrap booking, etc.
- Cutout Free Printables + --beautiful patterns ready to print out and use...such as bookmarks, gift cards, etc.
www.geocities.com/cutoutsplus and even more patterns like this at www.magicwondertags.com/freeprintablep1.htm the Magic Wonder site
- She Homeschools.com---free materials for preschool and younger children, excellent resource...lengthy list
- Family Education Network---academic printables even for upper grades, art, games, holidays, etc.
- My Home Library--Free bookplates patterns to print
or try here www.activityvillage.co.uk/bookplates.htm at the Activity Village
- Print Free.com---free monthly calendars---variety of shapes and sizes
- TheFrugal Shopper---more free printables than I can list...includes coloring pages, certificates and awards
- ABC Teach---again such a long list and a wide variety of materials, impossible to list all.... includes reading comprehension, flash cards, teaching extras, etc.
- Magazine of History---each month has free articles about history www.oah.org/pubs/magazine/publichistory/index.html
- Woman's Day: Calendars, Party Invitations, Printable Games, Stationery, Inspirational Postcards
- Crafts Magazine: free crafty ideas for all occasions (special kid's section)
- Crafts Beautiful: free crafty ideas online
- My Party Supply Store--Free party printable supplies such as gift tags, invitations, coloring pages, etc.
- 4Moms at Home--Math Online Worksheet Generator---can make original worksheets and print out copy with answer sheet
- Free Printables.com--free printables for lower grades, lots of choices
- Friends Across America---artwork projects, patriotic pages, inspirational stationery, etc.
- Glencoe: (as suggested on main board---found by Shelli) Careers, classroom management, high stakes testing, instruction and planning, parental involvement, portfolios, reading skills, technology in the classroom, writing skills.
- Have time to just look over a really long list of available free printables...just found this one... from Sipping Tea.com
Ginny's Educational WebPages: http://www.geocities.com/ginnyks
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