Sunday, March 4, 2012


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As a new teacher, there are lots of things that you learn “on the job”. As a long-term substitute, there are also a lot of things that you realize you would change if it were your own classroom. One of the things that I found out “on the job” is that objectives need to be posted everyday for the students. I have heard stories of teachers who don’t put their objectives up. Every time they get observed, that is always on their “improvement” list. Now, there are lots of other things that teachers need to be concerned about. However, I am trying to follow the “rules” to a “T” because I want a permanent job, and it’s really not that big of a deal to post objectives.

In the classroom where I am subbing, there is kind of a place when the teacher sometimes posts the objectives, but the teacher told me she doesn’t usually. Special education teachers tend to get more leeway in this department because there are always so many groups that would need to have objectives posted. However, I wanted to try to do it.
In my temporary classroom, I moved some things around that were on one of the wipe-off boards. I decided to use the back wipe-off board because I don’t use that one as often for instruction. In my own classroom, I would ideally, put the objects on the main board. However, in my temporary classroom, the teacher has this board filled with other information. Since it’s not my class, and she is returning, I didn’t want to change the routine/boards too much.

Anyway, I figured out a system that works for me, and I will be able to reuse the signs I made in my own classroom someday. I used the industrial version of a Cricut at school. It’s by VariQuest, and it’s wonderful- it cuts shapes/letters, makes posters, and stickers. 

Disclaimer: Don't mind my messy handwriting in this picture!

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