Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Caitlin. I teach in Aurora, Colorado. I’m currently a 6th grade math teacher, but I’ve also taught 7th grade Geography and 9th grade Economics. I’m hyper-organized — really, my categories have sub-categories, I like things to look “nice”, and have handwriting that my students complain about on a regular basis. (Which is why I make nearly every poster, printable, or handout on the computer!)
Our work week starts August 14th, but I’ll be in on the 13th to work with some team members, which means I need to get my room done ASAP. I’ve moved classrooms twice in the past 2 years, and have 2 sets of curriculum in my classroom (you never know when you’ll need to lend a unit binder to a fellow teacher!), so there’s a lot of stuff to unpack and sort through. Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what my classroom is going to look like this year. This is not to say that I don’t spend tons of time doing this every year, but it seems to be the only thing on my mind these days! (So much for enjoying that last little bit of summer, right?)
To that end, I’ve been trolling teacher blogs, online teacher stores, and Pinterest like none other (Pinterest should count as professional development, just sayin’.) for things that are already made for me or that I can adapt to suit my needs. In my quest for things that are already done — bless those teachers — I’m learning that most teachers who blog and create cool printables are elementary school teachers. Huh. I mean, there are a few middle school bloggers, but not nearly enough.
Gotta fix that.
While I’ve found a few things I want, I’ve also gotten a sense of how to make some of the things I need on my own. Summer time means that I’ve got time, so I decided to give some of this stuff a shot. I created a bunch of new products that I’ll be using to help make my life a little bit easier during the school year, and that will work for middle school kids. I plan to continue doing this, and hopefully, what I’m doing will help other teachers.