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A Peek Inside My Teacher's Book

Grades for each child go in the very front section. Next, I have my "log book" area. In it I keep a running tally at the top of each page of the required hours I've done "so far" to the state-required total of 1000 hours with 600 being "core" hours in Math, English, etc. Then once a month or so, I take some time out to think about where we're headed for the *next* month or so. Sometimes we get way more than I had planned, all finished. Other times, a peek back at my goals for the month will spur me into doing more work in a particular subject. The log book in the second page is pretty blank because the school year does not begin until July 1.


  1. I like that idea. I just wish I could have enough patience to do that. Maybe this year I'll be able to do that with the two older kids.

  2. Your content looks just like a teacher's lesson plan and grade book. You've just written it in a notebook.

    You might enjoy checking out if there are any stores for teachers in your location (if you wanted to get a lesson plan book, they are neatly divided into subjects and boxes, with plenty of easy pages to record grades, too).

    But it looks to me like your content is a lot like my Grade 3 content in my lesson plan book.

    Best regards,
    Madame Monet (veteran third-grade teacher of many years), in an American School in Morocco
    Writing, Painting, Music, and Wine

  3. Mme. Monet:

    I've looked at plenty of grade books and got ideas from them. Usually there are spaces for 25 kids and their grades (not useful for me) and costs over $10. I got this composition book at a back-to-school sale with my "teacher card" for 50 cents.


    Thanks for the compliment!

  4. man, I have it easy. I just go log in online and it keeps track for me. They make it so simple for me. I go get the curriculums and everything. Of course I pick which ones and I can dictate how I teach it but I love the simplicity of it all.

  5. I'll have to post a photo of the daily assignment pages I've come up with for my kids some time. We don't have to show them to anybody (thank God.. most days I don't get around to filling them in completely). In a way you have it so easy. I've been doing standardized test practise for my oldest (we'll test next week), and am getting together a portfolio of work for my special needs child. I don't need to show anything to the local school dept. for my kindergartner.. the fun starts in first grade in VA.

  6. By the way.. I purchased a grading book the first year I taught my oldest and thought how useless it was because of all the spaces for names. I think I came up with some convoluted way of organizing it to show different assignments - for my one student. I don't think I ever filled in even a quarter of it.


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