Be Proactive – Get organized by using checklists for everything! {Freebie & App Review!}

As a sped teacher, I have a million “tasks” to do every. single.
I am sure most ALL of you can relate!!

When the school year begins and I have my schedule, minutes, and goals all
organized, I like to create checklists for just about everything {Before school
routine, Morning routine, Specific classroom set-up routines, Lesson procedure routines,
Station procedure routines, Afternoon routine, Pack up routine, After school routine… to name a few!}.

Since I co-teach and teach resource classes for several different grade levels and subject areas, I am all over the place in my school. Through these checklists, I know that I will never miss a beat! {ESP. those couple of minute check-ins with students throughout the day}

Although I can get in the swing of things pretty quickly at the beginning of
the year, I am ALWAYS getting stopped in the hallway for some reason {or perhaps distracted by donuts in the break room} and it can throw me all kinds out of whack sometimes. I forget
where I left off, what I still need to do, etc. That is precisely why I must have a check-list for everything!

I usually make hard copies of my checklists and laminate them to save paper!

Having hard copies of checklists to leave a substitute can also save TONS of
time  when preparing for a day off instead of typing pages of directions after school the day before.

Here is a short example of one of my checklists:

As a freebie, click on the picture below to download these chevron EDITABLE
Although I do love my pretty chevron checklists, I also love the convenience
of my Ipad!
As you can read in these posts, I use
google docs to collect most of my data on a daily basis. I’ve been looking for a checklist app to add to my “Ipad” uses. Well, last week my
hunt for a FREE Ipad app that saves routines has ended!

Introducing…..”Routine” App {super clever name}

This app allows me to create an unlimited amount of checklists and save them
to use unlimited times.

Here is a little picture tutorial on how to use the app for daily checklists:

I hope the pictures with directions are easy to understand!! I LOOOOVE THIS APP!

And it’s free… nothing is better!

I also wanted to share these new puppies — They were on sale for a buck at Michael’s yesterday! If you live in the Morgantown area, I bought them all sorryi’mnotsorry….

These are PERFECT for task cards and materials needed for a certain station.
HELLO organization heaven!!! So much better than a file folder and a paper clip.

I am linking this post up with Ladybug Teacher File’s Optimum Organization Linky! WOW there are some good tips on this linky to use!

Coming this Sunday — my very first linky party!!!
It’s all about Instragram!!
Link up on Sunday to share your fav. photos from the week!
post as many pics as you want.
{school related & not so school related – because we all love to have a little fun!!!}
I will explain the linky in further detail on Sunday, but there is a prize involved for my favorite photo linked up! I’m super excited!
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  1. Elizabeth on July 10, 2013 at 2:17 am

    I love this app! Thanks for linking this up so that I can go and download it right now!!

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  2. resource room roundabout on July 10, 2013 at 6:04 am

    Thanks for sharing the app! I am looking forward to checking it out.


  3. Christine Reeve on July 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    This is great! I also love checklists to share information across the staff in a room, in which case the paper form work best. That way you can be sure everything gets done to set up for the next day. Great post!


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  4. dannielo on July 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    If you’d like a tool for managing your time and projects, you can use this web-application inspired by David Allen’s GTD:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, and a calendar.
    Syncs with Evernote and Google Calendar, and also comes with mobile version, and Android and iPhone apps.

  5. Heather on July 12, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Thanks for sharing! I am sooo getting that app right now. I appreciate you making the tutorial so I don't have to waste time figuring out how to make my lists. I make countless lists and this is the perfect app for me, Heather

  6. Emily Martian on September 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    You are amazing and I love your blog! I have been scouring pinterest, Tpt, internet, etc. and not finding what I am looking for. I was wondering if you have great lesson plan format for pull out resource room lessons. I need something more functional for my para and myself (it's in my head, but lots of times my head is not in my classroom and that is not condusive to learning I know!) I have a new para this year and my other one was with me for 7 years so we could just "read" each other. Anyway, do you have any great ideas??

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