Calendar Display?

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  1. Rebecca1122

    Rebecca1122 Comrade

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    I plan on doing my calendar/weather time on my Smartboard each day with my first graders. Should I also have a traditional calendar display in my room? I have limited bulletin board space and wasn't planning on putting up a calendar in favor of using the smartboard but I am wondering if I should still have one up as a visual resource during the day. What do you do?
     
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    I struggled with this idea last year before deciding not to put one up. I moved to a new classroom and just didn't have the space on the walls to use for a calendar, as I needed the room for other instructional materials. My students are grades 4-5, so they had their own personal calendars in multiple places (agenda, behavior calendar, etc.) if they needed it. I ended up not worrying with it.

    In the end, I thought about how I would use the calendar throughout the year. Would I use it in teaching and have to scramble to pull one up at the spur of the moment? Would it simply be a decoration on the wall that I had to change out each month? I would suggest thinking about how your students would use it. Is it something you'd want your students to see more often than when it's on the smartboard?
     
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    Maybe if you don't have a traditional calendar you just have somewhere to post the date? My kiddos will look to my calendar when they want to date their paper and it's a lot easier than hearing 400 times a day, "what's todayyyyy???"
     
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    This is a good suggestion. I actually had the same problem this past year since my calendar kept falling off the wall. I got so frustrated with it that I ended up just pulling it out during calendar time. My kids would always ask for the date because many times I would forget to update the date on my board :wub:. So I guess have a place for the date and remember to change it each day!
     
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    You may want to check with your admins too. For us, we have to have a calendar posted and it infuriates me because I was one of those people just putting the date on it to catch up-it took up space and we never referred to it--all of our calendar activities were on the Smartboard. It's one of the things they check on walkthroughs-is your calendar up to date? :rolleyes:
     
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    Kindercowgirl, how is that changing with new TEKS? There are no calendar objectives for kinder or first. We actually took all of our calendar stuff down!

    I wanted to suggest a regular wall calendar to hang up somewhere. It is easy to have a student x off days and jot down anything important coming up and they don't take up a lot of space.
     
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    I made it a student job- otherwise I would never remember either.
     
  9. CFClassroom

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    I do have both. Teaching stores sell calendars that are the size of a poster board. You could put it on the front of your desk, a closet door or another small space-saving spot.

    This is mine. I added ribbon to make it a bit fancier, but it's just a poster board calendar. You could easily make it even smaller by using a smaller board and drawing the lines yourself.
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    Hmmm. I guess because I just go by our district curriculum I didn't realize they didn't consider it for our grades anymore. We still have them in our scope and sequence. :huh: I wish I had known that-it might have made my argument stronger! :)
     
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    I do my calendar routine on the smartboard, but I do have a small pocket chart calendar on display. Many 2nd-graders still struggle with knowing which day is today, tomorrow, etc., so I like having the visual up to refer to.
     
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    I do my calendar routine on my SmartBoard as well. I also write the day and date on the dry-erase board each day. Finally, I have a small (normal sized?) wall calendar (New Orleans Saints, what else? :) ) that I hang behind my teacher table. Oh, and for my reference (former office manager here), I have a large desk calendar on my teacher table.
     

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