The fall brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and of course the start of school. For teachers that is a little less true as most of us have been back to school for weeks doing the million and one things needed to start the year off right. We put a lot of time and effort into not only the big things but those that others might think are inconsequential. For instance, last year I created from the ground up my own flip book for parents listing all general information and expectations for the year. This small item is individually cut, sorted, and then sealed (this year by sewing the top). Such a simple thing but at least 5 hours of work. Could I do something easier? Create a document that I could simply print and staple right in the copy machine? Of course I could, but I want my parents to have this information in a way that will not only catch their attention but also be easy to use. So for now I will continue to put in the extra time for my students and their families.
One of them is as a inside recess option. I soon discovered that there were some boxes that were more in demand than others and in an effort to help keep the peace, I made a few more boxes. Soon, I decided that I really wanted to have enough boxes so that each child could have their own. This made it easier to have additional, more quiet times, to use the boxes. Since they are pencil boxes, they stack easily and I am able to store them in sideways crates on my back counter. Every few months I take a look at them to see if things need to be replaced.
That's Elementary Explains is a teacher with almost 2 decades of teaching experience and a technology degree who is still trying to figure out the new and unexplained.