In our district we are required to post the standards. Apparently, it magically makes the lesson better. Now, I have always talked about the "target" of the lesson, and I have even made sure that the students wrote it down on the top of their assignment, but I am not so good at posting the standards.
- First of all, most teachers write the standard as it appears in the state framework. Most of the time, I am not entirely sure what that means.
- Some teachers just write the numbers and letters of the standard...I can guarantee that method means nothing to the students.
- One year, I had big notebooks at each table and made the kids flip to the correct one at the beginning of each lesson. The kids loved it, but the notebooks took up too much space, and the flipping through my perfectly color-coded targets took too much time.
This is not a real bulletin board, so I was able to hammer in a few nails to hold the clipboards. I am working on my own set of "I Can" statements, because I have not found any that match exactly what I do and how I break it down in my classroom. Not to mention, they have to emphasize the standards that our district are emphasizing. Those will be available this summer on TPT. The little clipboards are perfect! I just switch them out at will and don't have to think too much about it.
Next to the "I Can" statements is the chart tablet that I write their meager reading HW on - ACTION magazine. It is pretty much in shorthand, but they totally understand what they are SUPPOSED to do.
Below is the class calendar of testing dates, trainings for me, after school intervention dates, and of course, minimum days!
The little clipboard to the left holds my OCD lesson plans. They are randomly checked too, and it makes it easier if they are hanging, and more impressive to the parents.
Why a bulletin board and not a white board? I only have ONE white board! That was the main problem I had with posting the standards before! I have to actually USE that white board.
Well, the washer and dryer are calling my name! Some boring chores have to get done before Lucy and I take off for our walk at the park. Last night, there were herds of bunnies...they come in herds, right? Anyway, Lucy was most interested in those big eared hopping creatures. It is such an exciting life we lead:).