Teacher Hack 2

I learned this from an experienced teacher well over a decade ago and I still do this EVERY year. 

By using a small amount of electrical tape (or these days washi tape) on the spine of kids books you can dramatically cut down time spend looking for missing books.

I simply skim the pile and can instantly pull out any books from a different teacher or another of my classes. 

 I designated one colour per class many years ago and still use the same code today. I’m a little OCD and the tape colour also matches their book bin colour and the classes designated colour in my planner… but that’s a separate post in itself!

Love, cuddles & death stares,

TSTN

Teacher Hack 1

Ever find yourself giving out an original worksheet to students by mistake and having to resort to copying from a copy when you need another class set of that worksheet? The quality of the copy decreases rapidly with each successive copying round – leading to ugly, unusable worksheets… but you can’t get another ‘original’ because you have no idea what the source was or what name the file is labelled as on your computer! I’ve been there. After hours of searching for the original source I actually re-made the worksheet from scratch!

Here’s the fix:

To avoid this problem, write in yellow highlighter on your original copy. The yellow won’t photocopy in a black & white copier. Write on the file name (or book/poster) and year. Tada! You certainly won’t give your original out by mistake and if you need to edit it – the file name is immediately to hand.
I have also used this technique to write answers on cloze (fill the gap) worksheets. No-more separate answer keys for me!

Love, cuddles & death stares,

TSTN