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Merry Christmas! This will be the last podcast of 2007 and we wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mark has a lot of news this show.

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There are a lot of new Christmas resources at and in the MES Network.

Dream has written a version of Jingle Bells that's free to download and use in you classes. The song has a vocabulary practice section that matches the vocabulary in the MES-English Christmas flashcards. Use them together had spice up you Christmas lessons.

The actual show this week is on organization. We give you some tips on how to organize flashcards, students' homework, textbooks, CDs, worksheets, the paper tiger, your classroom, lesson plans, and more.

If you spend a little time using these organizational tips, you can save yourself a lot more time at work.

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Thu Dec 20, 2007 2:08 pm
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Thanks for the tips. I especially like the ones on lesson planning.
Just a question, how do you organize your files on the computer?
Do you do save your lesson plans for each class, or do you have template you use? Any tricks to naming files so that you can find them when needed?
I am a disorganized mess with or without the computer.

Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:23 pm
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I have a folder for each grade or level. Within that, I have a folder for each unit. Within each unit folder I have all the materials I make or use for that unit. I may even name them '1.1 he likes drill.doc', by putting the numbers in their, the documents will stay in order in your unit folder.

English classes
____- Junior high
________- first grade
____________- unit 1
________________- 1.1 Hello worksheet
________________- 1.2 Hello greeting activity
________________- 1.3 How are you? activity
________________- 1.4 This is ...

Does that make sense?

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Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:12 am
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Post Re: Getting Organized
I know this is ann older topic and no one is really posting here, but I want to add my opinion. At first I really found it difficult to be organized for my classes. Then I started creating a weekly class content sheet for each grade. This would detail what material I would be reviewing each week, then listing new vocabulary, new structure, new phonics, writing and/or reading. Even the songs and games I plan to use for the week are listed there. From the content sheet, my lesson plans can be created for each day. The next thing I did was to purchase several of those see-through clear and pastel colored plastic sipper envelopes. In these I place the flashcards that I will use for each class for the week. I also place a sheet or two of stickers to give out to the students who do well. In other pouches I keep the resdt of my flashcards separated by subject, and the different games such as the Big Town cards and maps, as well as the spiders and candy game pieces.

Since I started doing these simple things, my classroom organization has improved considerably. If there are any users still looking at organization, I hope these things help.

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