Something I wish I did better
I need to be better organized. Plain and simple my classroom is always a disaster. My desk is always a sea of random papers. Every year I get one of those big desk calendars thinking it will help me be better organized. Then 1-2 weeks into school it is buried in the paper waves of disorganization. I usually don't see it again until the end of the year.
I have used apps, post its, small white boards, and anything else to keep better organized. Nothing seems to stick. I just can't seem to regularly commit my time to it. I feel I would be a better teacher if I was better organized, but I just can't seem to make it happen.
This year I am implementing a self paced/flipped/differentiated/leveled 8th grade math class. I have created a google doc that contains information on every student and their progress on every learning target. What they have finished, quiz scores, pre-quiz scores levels of proficiency... and I am barely above the waves. Luckily I have a very understanding wife who understands I need at least half a day every weekend just to keep up with this project.
I need some steps to stay better organized. I can see some steps to be ether organized, but like my desk calendar, I probably won't look at them until summer.