Reading Move Your Bus this summer was the best thing for my career! I LOVE Ron Clark and the inspiration that the book has brought to me. I am going into my tenth year of my career and was feeling defeated this past year. This book brought life back into me and I am so excited to start my new journey with a renewed spirit!
I love displaying student work around the classroom in different areas. I love displaying student work using clothespins because then I don't have to staple into their work. It also allows me to quickly change the work so that way I can put up different work weekly. I bought these placemats at The Dollar Tree in two packs!! These are very similar, but are round and not as long as the ones I bought a few years ago.
In the hallways I like using the placemats and clothespins again so that way I can change them quickly in the hall too! This allows younger students to see what they have to look forward to in the coming years. It is also fun for the older students to remember what they did in previous years. We have lockers in our halls, so I was able to put these placemats up above the lockers. I am not able to change these as quickly as I do the ones in my classroom, but by using the clothespins it does allow me to change it easier.
I use string and clothespins to display student work for a whole class wall. This is a great way to show off a whole class display. You can add more layers of string if you have a bigger class, or bigger worksheets to display. I love having the solid black background as well because it helps everything else pop!
How do you display your student work? How often do you change the work that you put up in your classroom!? I would love to hear your ideas!
There are many important ways to keep your bus moving! You want to make sure that your whole staff is on the same page so that way you can keep your bus moving in the direction you want it to!
Managing papers is one of the hardest things to do, and one of the things that we tweak and work on every year. I have come up with a system that I believe works for me, and helps keep the paper pile to a minimum and keeps the papers off my desk!
Ron Clark spends a lot of time talking about how amazing his runners are and why he appreciates everything that they do! Becoming a runner is something that every teacher or employee should strive to be like.
I grew up with a job where you have to be early to be on time and if you are on time than you are late. I firmly believe that you should always be early for things so that way you are ready for them to begin when they are supposed to begin. By showing up early, you are showing the person in charge that you respect them and are excited for what they are going to share with you. If you are worried that other people are going to continue to be late you could encourage them to get their early with you, go grab them on your way to the meeting, or you could bring something with you to work while you wait, but at least you are there and showing that you know it is important to be there.
Putting on your best outfit is always a great way to show that you care about not only your classroom and what you are teaching, but also yourself! I know that sometimes it is easier to throw our hair in a messy bun, throw on our comfy pants, and a t shirt, but how are we representing ourselves then? We all love when we spend the extra time getting dressed and going out, so why wouldn't we set that example every day in our classrooms? Yes, it can take more time then you have some mornings, but more mornings that not you should be dressed to impressed! You never know when your principal, or school district officials could walk through, so shouldn't you be ready for them every day?
Think about your school. Who are the people that you are impressed with and always volunteer to help? Do you agree with these people, or do you look at them and wonder why they try so hard? If you want to be more like them then you need to change your attitude and start sitting with them. The runners have amazing ideas and if you want to be more like them then you need to start sitting with them. You need to start acting more like them, and be open to their ideas if you want to be more like them!
Finally to become more like a runner you need to stay in your own lane. You need to be worried about what you are doing and not be so worried about what everyone around you is doing. You are given a job to do, and you are great at it! If you take care of your job, and everyone else takes care of their job, then your bus will MOVE!!
If you are just joining us this week, please feel free to check out the past two weeks! You can find out more about the five people on the bus here, and why runners are important here!