If you read my blog, you know that I like to be organized.  Like, super organized.   So knowing that I would be out for the end of the year for maternity leave was leaving me in a bit of a panic.  I knew that I wanted all my information to be in one place for my sub, but wasn't quite sure how to put it all together.  Then I came across an Instagram post from First Grader...at Last!  She put together a binder for her sub - genius!

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We just had our February vacation, so I thought that would be a good time to get started on it since I would be going out at the end of March.  Change of plans!  This baby girl has other ideas for her mama.  Today is my first day of maternity leave and bed-rest has me on the couch for the next 6 weeks.  So, not only did I start on my binder, but I finished it as well!

Here are some photos...


I tabbed each section, to make it easier for my sub.  Some things that I included are - class lists {I have 4 different groups of students}, seating charts, school schedules {duties, lunches, specials, etc}, calendar of school events, 5th grade curriculum resources and a teaching outline for the end of the year, teaching templates and a "random notes" section.


I put in a calendar for each month for the rest of the year.  This includes as many school events that I was aware of at this time.  I put meetings, assemblies, field trips, days off, etc.  Times and dates change often, though, so I made sure to warn my sub to be flexible!




I also included blank templates of teaching tools that I use in the classroom.  This is my planning page and a blank seating chart.  There is an actual seating chart at the beginning of the binder so that she can easily learn students' names {although she knows most of them already}.


 Since I had to complete it so quickly, it doesn't include quite as much information as I had hoped.  It should be enough to get my sub started though!  Now, I just need to focus on resting as much as possible!

Happy Thursday!  It doesn't feel like Thursday since we had another snow day yesterday.   Today's throwback is all about how I ran my Daily 5 rotations in second grade.



Just wanted to share with you a few pictures of our Daily 5 routine (are you sick of hearing me talk about it yet?!).  It's going wonderfully in our classroom so far,  so I just feel the need to brag about it!

First, the students check the chart to see which stations they will be visiting that day.  Learn more about the chart here

The stations include:

Read to Self in the Fun Chairs (bean bag, beach chair, pillow chair, etc.)




Listen to Reading (cd player, ipod, etc)






Read to Self




Read to Someone  


Read to a Teacher (learn more about this game here)




We also do Word Work but I didn't get a picture of that today.  I'll update this post when I do!



Welcome!  Thanks for joining us on the Bright Ideas Blog Hop!  Over 100 bloggers have teamed up together to bring you some of the best and brightest ideas that we use in our very own classrooms!

My idea uses something that is near and dear to all of us...Pinterest!  I use Pinterest all the time to help me develop my lesson plans.  Here are some examples.

The way our curriculum is written is a tad confusing to read.  I re-typed the key concepts into a table, using one page per trimester strand.  Then, I scoured Pinterest for anchor charts, multimedia activities and products that would help bring those strands to life.  I placed the pictures of each idea (I'm a very visual person) into my table so that I would have a quick reference for myself.  I know that each picture that I place in the table is on my Pinterest page, so I can easily access the link if I need it.



I then took it a step farther and have started adding these visuals to my weekly lesson plans.  I use the quick visual to remind me what I am going to be teaching and then hop over to Pinterest to grab the link if I need more info.


Pinterest is such a wonderful tool for educators and it is definitely making my teaching more engaging in fun for my students!

Looking for more Pinterest-ing ideas??  Hop on over to Hello Mrs. Sykes to learn how she uses Pinterest in her classroom!
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