Help this Second Grade Teacher get Organized!
I've taught 2nd grade for a little over 28 years so far, and I STILL can't seem to "get a grip" on organizing my work area (a table where I can "spread things out") or desk or collecting and returning the student's work!
I have recently, for a few months now, been prescribed medication for adult ADD,(the "distracted & forgetful"-not hyperactive-kind) but I STILL have difficulty with what is referred to in the "ADD World" as "Executive Function"- that is, being organized, prompt, efficient, etc.
I've read and read organizing sites, checked a few other teacher's rooms, read teacher websites on organizing and still don't "have it together" like I'd like!
It's embarrassing! For example on the work table, one might find: 1. excess worksheets-too many run off that are not used 2. various student papers by subject in messy stacks 3. things that I need to grade 4. things ready to run off 5. things that are already graded 6. various permission slips, student info, etc. 7. manuals 8. postal mail-catalogs, etc. 9. office forms 10. scissors, glue, paperclips 11. books etc. etc. etc.
I worry that "Out of sight" also may mean "out of mind". The clock is set purposely a few minutes ahead, but I can STILL be late to lunch.
If I leave myself notes, they can quickly become buried under mounds of paper. Only 4 subjects a day at 2 pages per subject times x number of students = lots of paperwork! I also misplace things the secretary, bookkeeper or nurse might need, such as absentee forms, referral forms, lunch money envelopes, workbook money, field trip, etc. I'd certainly appreciate any help you could give me! Thanks, Pat