As this school year comes to a close, I am eagerly looking forward to the 2011-2012 school year. It will be my first year to teach first grade. I have student taught in first, but having my own classroom filled to the brim with precious first graders excites me!
With all of the excitement, I am continually constructing a list that is on-going and on-growing! Of the things that I must do to get ready for the coming adventures in first grade, I have rated my utmost priority as this.... ORGANIZATION! As this year ends, I have realized that I have sat at my actual desk ONE time in this entire year. It isn't because I don't like it, rather it is because there's no way for me to actually sit there. It has become a dumping ground for all things that I do not need right away, for all things that students return, and for all things that students give me.
Since this realization, I now uphold 'organization' of utmost importance. I have learned that first graders FLOURISH under organization; it calms them, eases their minds--as well as mine!
Do you have any suggestions as to where I should even start? I am ever so willing to listen to the pros! :)