Back-to-school time means back-to-organization time. Am I right? Summer time is full of relaxation and zero schedules and back-to-school time is full of organization and routines. I am happy to say, “bring it on”! I think I’m ready for a little schedule in my life. HA! Are you? This time also means time to get organized and put together your teacher binders. Now, when it comes to lesson planners and teacher binders, sometimes our only option is to print the pages in black and white. Can our binders and planners still be colorful? Absolutely! This summer I’ve talked a bit about using color in the classroom. From bright pops of color to soothing color schemes, I wanted to share different ways to bring color to your environment. And today….today I am teaming up with Astrobrights to kick off a back-to-school season FULL of color!! Keep reading to find out how you can enter a super-easy contest!! You are not going to want to miss this. Colored paper for days? YES, PLEASE!!!! First up though, I am sharing five ways to intentionally use color in your teacher lesson binder for back-to-school.
#1 Use color paper from Astrobrights for dividers between different subjects/areas of your school day. Designate a color for each subject. Personally, I always associate SOLAR YELLOW for math, RE-ENTRY RED for reading, BLAST OFF BLUE for writing, GAMMA GREEN for science, and COSMIC ORANGE for social studies. Then for all of the other sections in my teacher binder like my grade book, student information, technology information, etc., I use more fun bright colors which are specific to my personal preference for example, fireball fuchsia, vulcan green , etc. Once you train your brain to think, for example, re-entry red for reading, you can train your kids to help them organize their school supplies as well.
#2 Add Stickers! Have you seen the amount of sticker choices at the craft stores and other businesses on Etsy these days…for planners? WOW! There are so many to choose from! Now, to me the intentionality comes from what you like and what motivates you. And, of course, serves as reminders for specific activities. For example: Open House Night or Spring Break. Another example: positive sayings and quotes about perseverance or getting things done, really, really motivates me. More so than say, cats or candy. However, if you are really into cats or candy, maybe you want to fill your black and white planner with colorful cats and candy stickers because this makes you happy. Looking at these fun and cute stickers might make you excited to sit down and plan your week. How little or how much you add is up to you. Personally, I like to add some stickers but not too much. As you can probably guess, I like my pages to have lots of white space on them. Clears up my thinking. Some people like lots of stickers and that is completely up to you. You add what inspires and motivates YOU.
#3 Write with Markers! Ok, you can get super intentional and write every subject in the color you already designated. Or you can use highlighters. Or you can come up with any combination of using markers, flair pens, colored pencils, or whatever your heart desires. I personally like to write in color (flair pens) on the monthly calendar pages but everything else is in pencil. Yup! I *love* writing with a great old-school pencil. Then, I add a highlighter to grab my attention on what needs to happen. You could get super specific on the color of the highlighter. For example, you could highlight things that need to happen now in yellow, things to do later in pink, etc. I personally, can’t keep up with something like this but you could. I talk about how I like to highlight 3 things here.
#4 Add Sticky Notes! Sticky notes are great for those temporary/little to-dos. We tend to gather sticky notes in our pockets, in our teacher bags, etc. and it can be overwhelming. If you have a clipboard or you print out a page like the one pictured below from my teacher binder bundle, then you have a place to keep those sticky notes. Here’s the fun part with sticky notes….you throw them away and move on. Good bye all you little tasks! Don’t need to remember you any more!
#5 Put the entire planner/binder into a colorful 3-ring binder. Being intentional with which color you buy helps you find the information faster and helps you stay organized. So, maybe you buy a red binder for reading, yellow for math, and so on. Or if you buy the binders in the same color, you can differentiate using Astrobrights Paper for the binder spines. Simple, clean, and colorful!
Now that I’ve shared some ways on how you can use COLOR to get ready for back-to-school, show ME how you plan to Colorize Your Classroom this year. This is SUPER EASY!
I’m excited to announce that one lucky reader will win Astrobrights for their classroom this year! Contest begins today, Sunday, August 14, 2016 and ends Saturday, August 20, 2016. One winner will be chosen and announced Sunday, August 21, 2016 by 8:00pm central on my Facebook page and Instagram account. Follow these super easy instructions for your chance to win!!
Snap a photo of your Back-to-School ready classroom!
Also use the hashtag #colorizeyourclassroom in your post. This is VERY important because this is how we will know your post is an entry!
That’s it! And FRIENDS!!!!! This opportunity for colorful paper is gold. Gold, I tell ya!! I can’t wait to see all the entries! Good luck and see you on Facebook!!