Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Black Hole Strikes Again!

Ok, so the black hole that is my classroom strikes again.  I was all ready to blog about Day 2 of my "Conquering the Clutter" series, when I discovered that I cannot find my camera.  I know that I had it in my classroom last night and was taking pictures, but now I cannot find it.  I fear that it was lost in the "Black Hole".  Due to the disappearance of my camera, I'll have to wait until tomorrow to show you the progress from Day 2 (I could tell you about it, but you really have to see it to believe it).

 I can tell you that I've always heard that you should have friends with you when organizing to help you decide what to keep and what to toss.  Well, when I mentioned to my teammates that I was going to organize my classroom, the first thing I heard was chuckling (they know me well).  When they realized I was serious and was looking for some help, they took off!  Seriously...  So, I'm  hoping you can be my "teamies" and help me decide what to keep and put back in the closet and what to get rid of.  Starting tomorrow, I'll post a picture of an item I'm not sure about and you can tell me whether to keep it or get rid of it.  The only rule is...if you tell me to keep it, you have to also give me a good idea (game, craft, activity, etc) of how I could use it.  Sound like fun?  Who might find some tips you can use for things in your closet (you know you've got some things that have been sitting there for a while!).

To make up for delaying Day 2, here is a fun place value game you can play with your class.  I hope you can use it!

 Don't Miss the Bus Game

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow evening to check out the progress and "play" the keep or toss game!


  1. I am a member of Guided Math blog and saw your post tonight. I'll be following you and hope you'll stop by my blog for a visit. I am a couple of weeks away from a new school year and I'm working on the first 20 days of school in math. I'm determined to make Math Workshop a success this year.

  2. Hey Linda,
    Thanks for following! I hope you'll help out with my keep/toss game. I checked out your blog and am following now. I saw that you're getting a smartboard - you'll love it! I've had one for about 5 years now and they're great! I've got a ton of notebook files for almost everything. I'm heading to your blog now to check out your calendar files. Let me know if there's anything you want and I'll see if I have something I can share!