Reading this post at 'Confessions of a Crazy French Teacher' I was struck by how often people say that they are bad at organisation and don't have good role models around them to copy from. When I first started teaching I focused on organisation above all else as I found that when lessons went poorly it was nearly always because of poor planning or my forgetting/losing/not-noticing something. By the end of my first year I had a whole series of systems that meant I could forget about classroom 'management' and focus entirely on learning.
So, what were they? (As miscalql8 put it recently, "I've had all the inspiration I can take, now I need practical!")
Over the next few weeks I will tell you, step-by-step. They're not going to be right for everyone. In fact, several systems changed when my classroom settings changed. But they will provide a starting point for building your own unique system.
As ever, if people have suggestions of things they would like covered please put in a comment or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting tomorrow with "SYSTEM 1: Getting them in the door"
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