I was just introduced to bullet journals by a friend. It is a concept that I had never heard of, even though I have been keeping a journal and updating my online calendars forever.
To be completely honest, I was a little hesitant to try it. I mean, who needs one more thing to keep track of?
Then I started researching it. While the concept may look a little convoluted, once it is set up there seems to be so much potential to create a system that works for you.
So the few, very few, who take the time to read the classroom blog may wonder what this topic is doing here. Simple, students and adults all need be organized and we simply do not have the time or energy to carry around what seems like a million planners, phones, etc.
And no. I am not suggesting doing away with your phone. If you are a family that needs to coordinate schedules, one shared calendar app is extremely helpful. But I really do like the idea of having a personalized calendar, to-do list, and journal all in one location that doesn't depend on a charger or require me to open up 3 different apps to accomplish my goals.
Here are two different links that I found to be helpful. I will try to post pictures of my journal later, but these sites should be able to get you started.
How to Bullet Journal
It is really hard to believe that midquarter is here already. It seems like just yesterday we were reviewing expectations at the beginning of the year.
Grades have been updated. There aren't a lot of grades in the computer as of yet because we have been working on skill building in a variety of areas: 7th grade has been working with argumentation and Scholarly Academic Conflict (SAC) to help them identify important clues, establish warrants (rules), and develop an acceptable conclusion based on information gathered; 8th grade is covering research writing; and Communications is focusing on understanding the basics of communication and speech giving with a focus on impromptu speeches right now.
Communication with parents and students has been unbelievable so far this year! I have been impressed with the level of maturity students have shown when it comes to asking questions and notifying me when they may be struggling with an issue. This makes the entire process so much easier and lowers frustration so students don't feel left behind if they don't grasp a concept immediately. All my students seem to understand that this is not a sign of failure, but of needing to approach the learning a bit differently to meet individual needs.
And parents/guardians, I appreciate the feedback and questions on your end. As a parent myself I understand that sometimes the meaning of an assignment or a lesson gets lost in translation. Your students do their very best to repeat exactly what needs to be done, but with so much information coming at them all day, it is understandable that things get a little mixed up from time to time. Please feel free to continue messaging me via email or Remind and I will answer your questions as quickly as possible.
I know that I am a bit behind on updating the monthly calendar pages on the site, but I will work on that this week so everything is up-to-date.
Thanks for all you do!!!