Saturday, September 07, 2013

Sewing Worksheets

What is the best way to learn how to sew?  Sew on paper!  It is the best way to learn how your machine works, control your speed and get comfortable with sewing!  I always start my students sewing on paper without thread then sewing on paper with thread.  Then sewing with thread AND fabric.  :)

These worksheets are great to use at home on your personal sewing room or at school in your sewing classroom!

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Below are 2 of the 31 pages included in the package! 

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Organizing Class and Assignment Information

This is another idea I can't take credit for as I spotted it in a classroom I was subbing in, but I loved it.  It is a great way to organize information for each of your classes.  The box on the top right lists the class and all of the dates they have class- crossing off each one as it passes.  This provides a very visual way for them to see how much or how little time they have left to work on their projects.

The box below it is chart containing each students name going vertically and each aspect of the project going horizontally.  You can check each student (or have them check it) once it is accomplished.  The red arrow is moved to show them where they should be.  I love this for the sanity of the teacher- knowing who is on what step and showing the students what step is next.  It also provides a kick in the rear to those slow-pokes who would rather socialize or stare at the wall than get it done.

I assume the folder on the left is where the teacher puts instruction sheets.  Love this.  I was recently in a classroom where the teacher had all of the instruction sheets for every single project in an accordion style file folder.  While helpful to have them all in in one spot- the students lacked the ability to look through it and find what they needed.  Providing them with just what they need in a place where they can see it and you can easily point to, is genius.

I appreciate smart and organized teachers.  I also appreciate cell phone cameras allowing me to capture teachers genius ideas and share them with you. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Organizing Cloths and Towels- Dirty and Clean

I can't remember if I have shared this or not, but currently I am a substitute teacher.  It pains me to not have my own classroom to organize and decorate.  And students to build relationships with and create fun/different lessons for.  But until that time comes again (after 5 years of subbing due to NO available teaching jobs here) I will appreciate the opportunity of visiting classrooms in various schools decorated/organized by a variety of teachers.  Here are 2 different ideas I observed in 2 different classrooms.  I love and appreciate each one.

I love the idea of separating the dish cloths and dish towels into 2 baskets.  I always gave a mini lesson to my students on the difference- dish cloths are for washing and are small.  Dish towels are for drying and are big.  Inevitably someone(s) would use a towel to wash or a cloth to dry.  I know that doesn't mean the world is going to come to an end but it is a simple concept that will aid them throughout the rest of their lives.  These 2 baskets help emphasize (not the word I am looking for but can't think of it right now...) the lesson you give at the beginning of the semester. 

It is hard to read the labels on these baskets- the blue one reads "dirty" and the white one reads "clean".  Love this.  The students know exactly where to throw the dirty/wet cloths and towels if the washer is full or running.  And there is a clear place to put clean towels when they come out of the dryer- before they are folded and put into baskets (like in the above photo) or into the individual kitchens- as I did as we had everything color coordinated to ensure equal number of towels/cloths and organization.  I also truly appreciate the fact that the dirty basket is dark and the clean basket is white.