This year, I am a “traveling” teacher. That is, I change classes instead of the students. It’s not as easy as it sounds because I am teaching three different classes.
To make it easier, I use a cart. I have some staple items on the cart every day:
- a pencil/pen cup with a pair of scissors and assorted pens.
- a magazine box to hold pocket folders for each of the three classes. I put the handouts that I need for the day/week in a folder for each class.
- a zipper bag (quart size) with dry erase markers and eraser
- my Chromebook, a mouse, presentation “clicker”, and a USB hub
- a document camera
- sticky notes
- buckets of scissors and glue
- other markers, Sharpies, and art supplies.
The cart came from Michael’s and has three shelves, plus some attachments for various craft supplies. However, I ended up knocking these extra attachments off as I moved between classrooms and buildings, so I took them off.
This is not an ideal situation, but, you know, in this time of pandemic and precautions, it’s working for us. I am still afraid that I am leaving things behind and rushing into class a bit harried at times, but I am finding that as time progresses, I am more organized this way. And I am more flexible. Certainly, I am waiting for the day when I no longer have to travel to my classes and they can come to me instead. Will I be as organized? Or will this time of change help me be a better teacher because I am more organized?
I’d like to know how you are doing in-person schooling these days. What is making your teaching life easier? How are you solving the problems of teaching in the time of COVID?