Next Year's Plans!

So I thought I'd share a little bit about my plans for this upcoming school year!

I stayed home with my son this past school year.  I'm glad I was able to stay home with him while he was a baby, but it's time that I need to go back to work.  I will be teaching Pre-Algebra (7th grade), Algebra 1, and Geometry at a small private school.  I'm excited and nervous all at the same time!  I will be the only one teaching those classes and 7th graders are babies!  I'm also nervous about leaving my little one and balancing work life and mom life.

In my classes next year, I'm almost positive that I'm going to dive headfirst into interactive notebooks.  I've given my students foldables in the past and I've created pages for interactive notebooks, but I've never gone "all in".  I'm trying to get everything sorted out in my head and think about the procedures to get the cutting and gluing done efficiently.  My new classroom is very, very small, so I don't have much room to play with.  There isn't even room for a teacher desk!

I hope to post as much as I can about my interactive notebook journey throughout the year.  I want to share lots of my pages so you can get ideas.  I've been saving lots of ideas from Pinterest and Teachers pay Teachers.  I have this foldable bundle from 4 the Love of Math that I think is going to be SO helpful.  I think I'll be able to use some of it for Pre-Algebra too!  I've also been creating more foldables now that I know I will need later.  I have a foldable growing bundle already, but I have plans to double the size in the next month or so.  I've been dabbling in writing a full curriculum for geometry, and have a couple new units to post, but I won't have the entire thing done in time for the new school year.

Any ideas for a tiny classroom?

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  1. Good luck at your new school! I am sad I don't have any suggestions for working in a tiny classroom. I am looking forward to hear about your INB journey! Enjoy your summer with your family. <3

  2. I ventured into INBs last year and also have limited space in my classroom. Here is what I am going to try for next year. My students sit in individual desks. I am painting the tops to be whiteboards. Then I am attaching a pencil bag to each desk that contains the essentials for the whiteboard and INB pages--dry erase marker, eraser, scissors, tape, glue, and colored pencils for starters. I used boxes that 3 to 4 students shared last year. It was time consuming with them sharing supplies so I am going to try the pencil holders this year. Hopefully, it will be successful! I look forward to reading what others are trying or have tried. Thanks!

  3. If you have wall space, I've seen many teachers use their walls to hold items like calculators, whiteboards, markers, and other supplies by either hanging up something similar to a shoe organizers (see or by attaching baskets to the walls (not sure where I saw that so I can't give you a link).
    Good luck in your new job and classroom!

  4. Those are both such good ideas! My kids desks actually up against three of the walls, so pencil bags may work. However, there is space in the front, so I may be able to hang some things at the front of the room too. Thanks!


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