Off to a Great School Start: Tips and Tricks

We might have just had the best first week of school ever.  I know I have had a wonderful week.  Yes, I'm tired and looking forward to my three day weekend.  However, I love seeing the students and my school family back together again.   I wanted to share a few tips on how I improved a few things for my campus this year. 

Recess bins are a big help.  These bins are located on the sidewalk by the playground.  Our students have recess after they eat lunch.  The students leave the cafeteria and go straight out to play.  We needed a system to keep up with all the lunch boxes, toys and jackets.  Each teacher has their own bin. When the class lines up to go inside, they check the bin to make sure they have all their items.  No more lost lunch boxes all over the playground!  Genius...
I'm so excited about my latest purchase.  I have stadium seating outside for car dismissal.  Students sit away from the traffic and out of the hot Texas sun and listen for their name to be called.  I love this!  It has made dismissal faster because students are separated by grade level and sitting quietly.  In the past, students were seated on the sidewalk and it was so frustrating because students were not organized and often not paying attention to the adults on duty.
Car tags! My newest creation.  Parents hang these on their mirror inside the car and the adults call the student's name as the car pulls forward.  We can load our campus within 15-20 minutes.  These car tags are free so if you are interested in them just help yourself.

The teacher binders are a big help and being used by all teachers.  I love this too because we are all organized with lesson plans, meeting notes and schedules.  I don't think I could ever not be organized or live without these now.  If you are interested in downloading a copy, head over to my store on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I hope you are having a great start to 2014-15.  If you have tips you want to share, I would love to hear from you.

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