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Scheduling Tips and Strategies for Itinerant Teachers

Making my schedule might be the most stressful part of my school year. I get my caseload and immediately feel the pressure to get every student scheduled as fast as I can, mind you my students are in different buildings, grade levels and districts. So there lies the issue-how do I get it all to work?

I have started to look at my schedule as a quest, a game, a challenge-making magic happen on paper.

Once Upon a Time

I used to schedule my students in a very different way. I would run around and collect all the kids/teachers/bell schedules. Go home, lay them out on my dining room table and CRY. Depending on the year I would have at least half a dozen different schedules. I know all teachers have their struggles, but only an itinerant teacher will understand why this mess of schedules might cause tears.

Is it the schedules? The students? The teachers?

No it is the immense pressure I put on myself to make sure it is perfect, it is right for each student, it works for the classroom teachers & therapists and it all fits with safe travel time. So, with all of these factors swimming around in my head I would sit there and pencil my heart out. Multiple schedules were probably made because some email or factor to consider would pop up and I would adjust, readjust and adjust once more. This was very stressful and not the way I wanted to start my year, so this planning princess needed to change her September story. Battle Plan

Possibilities & Priorities

When I receive my caseload sheet I try to remind myself that all of these students will fit in my day and I will try my best to give them the best time possible for them-not me. I am the grown up and I can suck it up. It will all work out even if I can not see it from a list of names and locations…it will all fall into place.

  • How many students do I have/session times/consults?
  • How many buildings/locations- can I put students back to back in locations?
  • Grade levels-I find high school and middle school are more difficult to schedule.
  • Is this student new to me OR a former student?
  • Do I know the building? Teachers? Guidance Counselors?

After I answer these questions I arm myself with tools to make this process quick, efficient, and as painless as possible.

Scheduling Toolbox

These are the things I bring to make this quest for paper perfection lighter and easier.

  • Folder-to hold all of the information I get from teachers
  • Pencil-nothing is permanent yet
  • Eraser- this is self explanatory
  • Highlighter- I highlight blocks that are more difficult to move or accommodate
  • Legal Pad- I have found this is my favorite type of paper to create my initial schedule. Size matters here.
  • Sticky notes-to write comments and leave information with teachers
  • Schedules- Some years I reach out to guidance counselors and get older students schedules in advance. This way I can see or start to place them in the schedule first. I put my littles around these times.

With all of these things in my bag, I set forth with a smile and a positive attitude.

Setting the Stage for Success

If I have a sense of where I am going and who I am working with I can start to mentally lay out how to see my students. I try to think about personalities, ages, levels/abilities, frequency, and programming. If everything is new to me I feel as if I am going in blind, but I keep that smile and pep in my step. Everyone is stressed out in the first week of school. No one wants a negative, drama queen at their door demanding times.

  • Never PROMISE a teacher a time -too soon
  • Be as flexible as you can
  • Remember they are possibly struggling too
  • Ask about block schedules, specials, other therapies and just terrible times that won’t work for them.
  • Consider travel

If I can I will pencil a student into a square (putting travel in above and below the student session time). I will tell the teacher that the time seems OK for now, but once I start scheduling other students I might need to adjust-so I always ask for a back up time that could work….maybe not be the first choice, but can happen.

After I am done in each building I go out to my car and look at what I just received or was told. I look at how this new information can fit into the legal size puzzle I am generating. I will write in times/students that seem to have tighter schedules, so when I travel to the next teacher I can present less times. I find most teachers look at my folder and legal pad with shock and horror. They often piety me running around like the gingerbread girl, trying to make magic happen, and they will work with me on fitting a kiddo in. I want to be clear about this…I allow a teacher to see the “schedule”, but I do not let them have power of the pencil and tell me where I am putting our student. One year it seemed as if all my elementary teachers wanted the same time. It’s just not possible. I have a whole day to fill, so this is where the highlighter comes in….I start to block out times. They pop off the page.

Making Magic Happen

After I have all the schedules, comments and information needed, I sit down in a comfortable place-typically the couch and with wand (pencil) in one hand and coffee in the other I start to make magic.

  • Make sure you have all the students accounted for
  • Travel Time
  • Lunch
  • Planning/prep
  • Log Notes/Data Time
  • Consults

I find that writing out my students in a list and noting their frequency is very helpful. I will tally up or count them in my rough schedule. Nothing worse than thinking Sally is seen 2 times a week and really she is 3 times a week….been there!

Make sure the travel time is safe and realistic. You need to pack up, put on a coat, talk to a teacher and maybe….just maybe use the bathroom. Don’t schedule the times so tight you can’t breathe. I have done this for various reasons over the years and it never is good. By June I am beat up and cursing myself.

Eat lunch. I say this because it is important. So many of us eat on the run and this is not healthy. I am not suggesting where you eat, but just eat. All of the classroom teachers get a lunch and they typically take it. I find that itinerants sacrifice this very basic need to make everyone else’s life better. Self care my friends….EAT! You deserve that 30 minutes.

Abracadabra

Once I have this draft schedule completed I typically feel good. I know that it could have changes. Sometimes a teacher forgets, has their schedule change or I made a mistake in my planning. I tell myself that this is still fluid and I will try my best to accommodate possible changes. I also tell myself I can tell a teacher no. As itinerants we are running all over and sometimes a change can not work. Other students and people are counting on us to stick to the plan. I am a people pleaser, so this is hard for me, but I can not change multiple schedules around to accommodate one, especially if it is due to a preference not a real scheduling issue.

After a week of running this rough schedule I will make adjustments if needed and then put PEN to paper….well really fingers to a key board. I type up my final schedule and send it to my supervisor. I love this moment. After 2 weeks of stressing and smiling I can take a breath. I realize that students can drop and add throughout the year and what looks magical in September may be different in June, but in that moment I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Being an itinerant teacher takes a special type of person. We some how make it work-year after year. I think if we remain flexible, positive, realistic and passionate magic can happen.

Leave a comment, share your scheduling ideas….I would love to hear from you.

Staying Connected To Your Tribe

Schools out for summer!

Every summer I typically have a project to do list or goals. The school year gets too hectic and I put many things off in my head for summer vacation. This summer was no different except for the things to catch up with were my peeps.

I decided that projects can wait, but friendships can not.

This connecting looks very different for each friend, but I have made a solid effort to make time. Make new memories. Make myself a priority.

Texting

We all do it. It works. It is fast.

No matter how far a friend is-a text is a text. I love that out of state peeps seem like they are in my backyard. Getting pictures via text always makes me happy and allows me to feel part of someone’s world. Seeing shoes she is shopping for, vacation pictures or what’s for dinner gives me the feeling of having a backstage pass. Sometimes this is all we have to stay connected to those far away. For as much as I would like to toss my phone, some days, I am grateful for the speed and efficiency it provides. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

Bitmoji

Who ever invented these is brilliant. I love getting and giving. They are typically funny and to the point. No need for words here. I love when I receive one and a friend has tweaked the outfit or hair. I change mine with the seasons. Do you change yours up?

Phone Calls

This was my teenage jam. The phone! As a busy working mom not so much, but I have a few friends that this is the way we stay connected. It is usually in the car. Busy working moms multitask. If the backseat is full the conversation is PG, but if it is empty let the colorful adjectives fly free. Filter free baby!

Somedays the conversation still needs to happen in the driveway or an extra lap around the block…because if you get out of the car you might as well just hang up. And sometimes these driveway chats are long and necessary.

Email

Back in the day I loved seeing what messages were in my daily inbox. Long ones. Short ones. This was really all I had before texting. I love it when I get one now that isn’t something I should buy or a bill pay reminder.

A new friend crafted the most thoughtful and supportive email this summer. She was just being her lovely self, but that email made my week. When your in a funk sometimes the smallest kindness can pull you out. Set you back on your path. Email is often deeper than a text. I think the layout and size allow for more, so you often get more words and thoughts than from a text.

Something to consider if you have alot to say or share.

Meet Ups

These are obviously my favorite. Nothing beats seeing a beloved friend. They don’t need to be complicated or fancy. Just spending time is enough.

Some of my favorite ways to hang:

  • Tea/Coffee
  • Manicure/Pedicure
  • A walk
  • Someone’s house
  • Shopping
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Crafting/Creating
  • Yoga

Sometimes they are a group or one on one. However they happen I know I need this time. Hanging with my gal pals does something for the soul.

I love family time, but there is something special that happens when you just get to be yourself for a bit, not mom the multitasker or super wife.

However you keep up with your tribe, keep doing it.

This is necessary to be the best you.

If you lost a member along the way, reconnect if it is worth it.

Sometimes it happens and sometimes it was ment to happen. We all evolve.

Be brave and make a new friend.

This can be scary at any age, but if you see someone you think might be an awesome addition to your tribe….say Hi!

If you feel like dropping me a line or an email-awesome!

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Improving Student Conversation Skills: Whole Group and Small Group

As a teacher of the deaf I am always thinking about communication and language. My hearing impaired students have varying levels of need. One thing I have observed is how they will not always join in discussion groups.

I am very aware that is also true of their hearing peers. Sharing an idea, answer or opinion can seem risky. Many people don’t like to step outside their comfort zone. This commonality got me thinking…

What can I do or create to help facilitate teacher supported group discussions???

How can the “talkers” share less?

Limit opportunities to share in a discussion.

How can the “non-talkers” share more?

Provide an expectation for joining in.

Inspiration

I recently attended a workshop and the presenter was sharing ideas about student engagement. Many of these methods and techniques are difficult to use in a one to one session, but I tried to take something away. The presenter shared the idea of using something…any manipulative for turn taking in group discussions.

Light Bulb Moment

I love the idea of a visual, tangible item representing a turn, but the thing/object has to be simple, not a toy and easy for teachers to use. No teacher I know wants a distraction, but most love cute or visually appealing tools and resources. Affordable too!

Chat Chips

I got to work creating something I think teachers and therapists can use in their large and small group discussions. These Chat Chips allow for balanced conversation. Each student has to “chip into” the discussion-however many times the teacher determines. There are rules and guidelines established by the teacher.

Talking is great, but students need support to effectively participate. A great group discussion looks like everyone sharing; not one or two voices dominating the conversation, with other voices purposely silent. Creating a fair and balanced dynamic can be difficult and takes practice.

Teacher Driven….Balanced Discussion

These Chat Chips are a positive way for all students to let their voice shine.

Teacher Supported…Balanced Conversation

Prep for Success

Print and Copy

Laminate for Durability

Cutting and Storage

I printed and laminated these in minutes. I used a zipper pouch for storage. I love these pouches because they are not expensive, but durable. Students can keep in a binder or desk. Zip bags could just as easily be used for storage.

I always like a resource with options. There is a transparent option that is perfect for printing on colored papers or pattered paper.

Implementing and Making Routine

Thinking about how to use these is going to be specific to classroom needs. There is no right or wrong way to use these Chat Chips-but clear expectations and routine will make them a positive and productive conversation tool. Starting in the beginning of the year is optimal, but they can be introduced at any time.

The way they are used can also fluctuate. The needs of the classroom may change throughout the year-thus the rules and expectations can follow suit.

Teacher Choice….Student Expectations

Once the Chat Chips are ready and the plan is created….start using. Hopefully group discussions will be more productive and collaborative.

Happy Planning!!!

Harry Potter: A Family Affair

Curiosity was peaked a few years ago. Who was this Harry Potter? Were we going to like this chosen one?

We did and we do!

Popcorn and Potter

We started with a the first film. This movie was just supposed to be a Friday night amusement, but it turned into the next Friday night and the next. Going to the video store after school on a Friday was something we looked forward to. Each film/story pulled us in deeper. As you can see we now own the collection.

  • Potter at the push of a button
  • Portable Potter
  • Lend-able Potter
  • Rainy Day Potter

Whatever we call it it is Perfectly Potter!

Pages and Potter

The books came next. I typically have it a hard rule…read it before you watch it. I find the books are always better than a movie. Movies often try, but there is magic found on the page. Luckily my mini me loved the books just as much as the films. She loved reporting extra details or facts that we didn’t see or possibly pick up in the movies. The best part is she read them….even thought she watched the movies. The power of the pen!

This love for Potter was only growing, so the next step was to head to Hogsmeade.

Potions and Potter

We went to Universal Orlando in search of everything Potter. I have to say…it is very well done. We loved everything about it. There is so much detail and thought put into Diagone Alley, Kings Cross Station, and Hogsmeade.

Boarding the train and traveling to either fantastical land was pure family fun. We loved that this was more than just a train ride. Escaping Dementors was not what we expected.

We did it all, rode it all, were in awe of it all.

We solemnly swear we were up to no good!

Painting and Potter

With all of this love of Harry we naturally had a Harry Potter themed birthday party. It was a painting party where all the children painted owls. It was a very sweet afternoon and even the muggles enjoyed the experience. My mini was in her glory. The soundtrack played as they used their wands to create feathered friends.

Play and Potter

The love still continues in this converted muggle house. We recently attended a Lego event at our local Barnes and Noble. It was free and fun. Children were building golden snitches everywhere! They were looking at books and merchandise with great excitement. I really loved seeing so many of them walking around with more books than toys. Makes my teacher heart full.

Power of Potter

This story came out 20 years ago and it is still delighting fans, bringing in new fans and turning muggles into wannabe wizards and witches. I love that books have this power. The power to take a reader places. The power to connect.

As a family it has been a few years of Potter filled togetherness and I don’t see it going away. I am sure as our daughter gets older it will become less things and more memories. No matter what it has been a powerful connection for us.

Happy Birthday Harry!

3 Ways to Grow Your Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf Tribe

Making friends can be hard at any age. I know as a teacher I am always trying to encourage my students to get out there and build friendships. I think it is just as important for teachers to make meaningful and supportive connections for growth and happiness. I realize you might be thinking- saying this is easy…my students say that too, but in reality it may seem difficult or frustrating. I know how isolating and difficult it can be being an itinerant teacher. I am very fortunate to have a small group of TODs I can rely on. There are only seven of us in total, but I rely on my tribe. I realize not everyone has this professional luxury-I never take my tribe for granted.

Even with the support of my local TOD tribe I found myself needing to make more connections. I realized that I needed more support to do work I could be proud of. My number one focus is always my students. That’s why we do it…right? We drive in uncomfortable weather, we eat in our cars, we add on the miles, we are a constant guest in buildings and we are forever explaining what we do- and “No I am not a speech therapist!”

We do it for our students.

Well, this year I decided I needed to step outside my comfort zone and look for more support, so I can keep on going….for my students. Teacher burn out happens easily. I do not think the cranky, frustrated teacher you might eat lunch with or pass in the hall ever wanted to be that way. If you read my blog regularly you will know that I try to grow professionally and personally. I never want to be “that teacher”. The one that should have stopped teaching because they lost the spark or passion to do more than an adequate job. So, I thought I would share some of the things I have recently done to expand my tribe and grow.

Facebook Groups

I was very slow to get on the Facebook train. VERY. I couldn’t see the need for it, the time for it or the purpose of it as an educator. I understand why people love Facebook for their personal lives. I first started there….I got an account to connect to my child’s school activities. I found value in being able to be connected or in the loop. I never really post, but I can stay informed and I like that.

I think as a teacher so many of us are not on Facebook because of the negative things you hear or a level of fear, related to it effecting your career. You might not care what someone had for breakfast or their current mood. I get it. Maybe you have had it forever and love it, maybe you are a newbie like me or maybe you still don’t have an account- wherever you fall on that list that is ok.

A teacher friend of mine suggested I use Facebook to find other teachers of the deaf for support. I know I squished up my face and sort of thought she was nuts….maybe I am really behind the times, but I had no idea there were groups!!!! There are all sorts of teacher groups out there-search and see what works for you. I have joined a few and I think it is awesome how many teachers of the deaf are out there talking about real things that are part of my everyday world. These are the things I want to know about. How someone is teaching advocacy skills or using community resources to help their families.

I am still shy to put myself out there, but I find that reading the questions people have, the strategies they are using and the problems they encounter are similar to my experiences and that helps me stay fresh. Also, if I am feeling brave I can respond or even pose a question and get feedback. Makes me feel like my tribe has exploded and is sort of limitless.

Invaluable!

Instagram

I personally love Instagram as a platform to see and learn about all sorts of things in the world. When scrolling past something I like-I love tapping the little heart! I find this outlet to be quick, visual and typically positive. I like that I can follow other teachers and SEE what they are doing. If I feel like engaging more I can always follow links or watch people’s stories. I have been inspired by many posts, from all sorts of teachers. Lots if sparks!!!

There is an itinerant teacher I follow who saw a post of mine and she had questions-sent me a message. I love it! I could help her out and it came from a simple picture I posted, about something I do, that is a common thing for me. Simple, helpful and not a huge level of commitment.

My tribe is happily growing!!!

Face to Face

This seems super obvious right…make friends in school, but I sort of think this one can be hard for an itinerant teacher. Facebook or Instagram are at my fingertips 24/7, but time to connect with people in my buildings can be a challenge at times. As I am getting older and further in my career I feel as if I know myself better and I know I need to connect with the teachers in my buildings. I can’t always rush in and rush out. I know so many of us have demanding schedules, but try to make time for one teacher you think you can build a friendship with. I have been very blessed that there are some really great people I can connect, share (maybe over share!), chat…and be myself with.

Things to consider:

  • Slow down and say hello
  • Participate in teacher activities like- holiday parties, monthly breakfasts, special luncheons and dress down days/fundraisers
  • Eat in a staff lunchroom
  • Use the library- people are always in and out
  • Volunteer for a school event
  • Attend a school event
  • Say yes to a happy hour
Storybook Character Day

I have done all of these over the years. Some years I can maybe manage one, but at least I tried. I have found that making the effort pays off personally and professionally. I have been in multiple districts over my career and some of the friendships I have made were temporary, because being itinerant is difficult and some friendships are still going!

These are the people that get me through a freezing, gross, stressful day. Whether I physically see them or get a text reminding me to drive safe these small moments can get me through. Making these connections and growing these friendships has made me a better teacher. I can’t function all day without adult interaction. I think I could in my twenties when I was just starting out, but I could also wear high heels all day too! I now need comfort in friends and footwear.

Being itinerant can be mentally and physically draining. You do not have to be an island or a one person teaching machine. It is so okay to say you need more:

  • Support
  • Help
  • Guidance
  • Community
  • Validation
  • Encouragement

My hope with this post is no matter where you are or what your schedule/job looks like, you can think about these suggestions and expand your tribe, improve your everyday and be a happier you.

I would love to hear from you. You can email me, comment, or like this post. I would love to know how you keep yourself connected and positive.

5 Ideas to Connect Hard of Hearing and Deaf Students

If you are itinerant like me, you may be spread all over multiple districts or just work for one, but no matter where you are there is high probability that some or most of your students are little islands. These amazing tiny humans, who work harder than their hearing peers, lack a connection to kids like them. I know, as the only Teacher of the Deaf at my schools, I feel alone at times. I am lucky to have my focus group to connect with, but when I am my buildings I am alone. I don’t have a “grade level team” to rely on for support. I span K- high school all in one day, so I can relate to my students being the only one.

This year I decided to implement a communication journal with two kindergartners. I had tried this activity in years past and found it to be sort of okay…not at all amazing (because of how I structured it-never the kids). This year it was beyond my expectations. There were so many educational boxes checked.

  • Language Development
  • Social skills
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Fine motor
  • Creativity
  • Spelling
  • Phonics
  • Confidence
  • Support
  • Advice
  • Friendship
  • Question skills
  • Reading
  • Drawing
  • Writing
  • Advocacy
  • Calendar skills….and more

Journal/Notebook

This is what I used this year. A composition notebook. It was easy to carry back an forth and the layout of a notebook is familiar to the students. The cover is very sturdy, which is great for going in and out of my bag for 10 months. I made sure I had a wide rule style. Bigger spaces are easier for young writers.

There were a couple of things I would change about using a composition notebook.

The lack of white space for an illustration. Lines sort of effect the illustrations. The page count. Having a preset page count put an expectation for how long…how much to write. I think a journal that I can add pages to would take the pressure off of getting to the end of the notebook.

Email

This is a format I used years ago with two students. It was a positive experience, but be sure the technology is available for the experience. Being itinerant can offer challenges with access and opportunities for integrating technology into our sessions. I think 10 years ago I struggled more, but now so many of us have tools at our disposal. This can also be done via two hearing teachers who are in different districts/schools. You can support your student and a colleague’s student. Everybody wins!

Letters

Have students communicate with a forgotten art-LETTERS.

  • Teach them the structure of a friendly letter
  • Use fun stationary
  • Fun pens and pencils
  • Create something to keep the letters in: a box, folder, or large envelope
  • Use stickers to act as stamps
  • Have a mail box-if you see multiple students in one location
  • Send actual MAIL via the post office or inter school mail-this is dependent on your situation, guidelines and parent permission

Texts

Most of us text at least once a day. Texts are typically short and concise. This can be a way to have older students mentor younger students. The messages can be short and topic related. How you do this is obviously not via a cell phone.

  • Notebook
  • Google Slides-each student can communicate per slide.
  • Index cards

Sketchbook

You may have students with varying skills. Maybe writing is not something they can physically or academically handle. These students might need a friend the most. Being able to draw, add clip art, pictures, photos or dictate to you can still make for a positive experience.

Considerations

  • Parent permission
  • Students who are interested-pair excited & willing kiddos
  • Time
  • Materials/Method of Communication
  • School approval
  • Goals
  • Remember to view content-this is supposed to be productive & positive
  • Follow it through- As the teacher don’t forget make it happen and be careful who you pair….nothing worse than a student who wants to stop (this is supposed to be fun), but the buddy wants to continue….feelings can get hurt.
  • Enjoy the Process!!!!

The Power of Connection

The experience I had years ago was not the same as the one I just had this year. I think I was better prepared, better organized, and made it part of our sessions-on a schedule. My students were vested in themselves and each other. This activity stretched beyond our sessions, it was no longer just a writing journal. At the end of the year I made two copies of the journal. I bound them and sent them home. Their parents read and saw the growth, the excitement, the pride and the connections that were made between the children. This whole experience granted me the honor and privilege of being inside their world.

Yes…I know Journal is missing the “N”…I corrected it before I sent it home. Did I tell you I am a terrible speller?

I highly recommend trying this out. These ideas can be used for really any student who needs a connection. Getting our hearing impaired or deaf students connected to someone like them is priceless.

I’m always here to discuss or answer questions. Reach out!

I am adding a free resource link. I developed this journal this year….after I started the composition notebook. My plan is print and use this year for multiple communication buddies/partners.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/FreeDownload/Peer-Communication-Journal-4225763

One Easy Way to Refresh Your Teaching Resources

Back Story

I have been making resources for myself for a while. This year a very supportive friend suggested I started a teachers pay teachers store to sell the things I was making for school. She had a very good point….if I like it and need it, maybe others will too. I started posting resources in December. It has been an interesting experience. I put pressure on myself and I really shouldn’t….I think most teachers do this- TpT store or not. I need to keep remembering that this is a fun extension of my actual job- being a Teacher of the Deaf.

With that being said, summer has been great so far-great family time, hanging with my mini me, and trying to create new resources for my store/my world. My hope was I would be able to make some things I need and want for the upcoming year. My thinking cap was on tight for a while, but last week I hit a wall. I felt like I was staring at a very blank wall.

Looking for Inspiration

If your like me you might scroll Instagram…I have been seeing teachers working on projects and items for their 2019-2020 classrooms. Some of the things I have seen are so inspiring, the trouble is I don’t have a classroom to pick a theme or freshen up. I may have a few great work spaces come September, but as of this moment I know I can rely on my vehicle and backpack, so all of the colorful and beautiful ideas sort of made me blue. I love being itinerant, but like I have mentioned before, sometimes a classroom can be very nice, especially in the hard winter months.

So, I was bummed about it and then started to think of ways to make my world more colorful and fresh….Astrobright paper!!! I have seen people use this for years, but I never have. This is kinda crazy because I love color. If I can color print something I will, but color printing isn’t always an option, so I am getting on the Astro train to happy town.

Easy as 1, 2, 3

I recently made this advocacy resource and thought about making it more fun for my students and myself, so I ordered the Astrobright paper and I am so happy I did. The black and white version looks so different on this cheerful paper. You can totally do this too!

1. I ordered from Amazon…you can get fun paper anywhere, I just love deliveries.

2. I loaded the colors I wanted.

3. I pressed print.

It looks fun!

It was very easy!

It was affordable!

Refreshed and Ready to Rock

This is just what I needed to change and enhance what I am already doing. I love that it is easy and practical. I am sort of kicking myself…I should have tried this years ago. I don’t need to pressure myself to reinvent the wheel, I already have a wheel…it just needed some color.

Suggestions for Itinerants

STORAGE AND PORTABILITY

I am going to use an accordion folder to keep paper in my car. I can easily bring this into school when I want to print out materials for my students.

Choose a folder that has sections for paper and your newly printed resources.

I love that older resources are going to look new! Upcycling here I come.

PARENT RESOURCES

I am even thinking I might print things for my parents on colored paper. My hope is my pop of color will stand out on the sea of papers that come home in take home folders, agendas and backpacks.

My suggestion is if you do this choose one color for the year.

I am going to pick one color…maybe green…and my hope is every time my parents see the bright green in the folder or mail, they will know it is me sending something home. Your pleasantly, persistent TOD!!!

Ready for September

I am very excited that no matter where I am or what work space I will have, I can open a student’s folder and pull out a bit of happy! My world (compact and portable) will be colorful and new too. Being itinerant can be hard and isolating, so anyway I can make my world brighter- I am going to do it. If you read my blog, regularly, you know I am passionately perusing change for growth and this very simple change is just what I needed for another successful year.

Resources

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Paper

TpT Resource

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hearing-Advocacy-Worksheets-4685240

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Listening-Ladybug

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Happy Refreshing!!!!!