Protopage and Daily Agendas

I mentioned our Protopage that we have started using in our classroom in my previous post HERE.

It has useful links, our morning work instructions, etc. I’m now thinking (I do this A LOT) that I could put a daily agenda on it each day. Something to guide ME, and something for the kids to see and read. Might be especially helpful when kids are absent!!

Prime example:

Student: What did we do yesterday while I was out?

Teacher: Ummmmm……let me think back.

Other Student: I don’t know.

See what I mean? Might really come in handy! LOL!

Here’s a screenshot of tomorrow’s agenda I made using a sticky note on our protopage:



My students can also duplicate this sticky note and put under their individual tab if they want to. That way they could erase each thing as we do them. They will definitely take advantage of this feature on Fridays since our Fridays are COMPLETELY individually paced!!! You can read about how we run our Fridays/assessments HEREΒ or HERE.

I can honestly say that I am LOVING being a 1:1 classroom-EVEN with ALL the difficulties we have had!! In fact, I just talked with our super today about POSSIBLY unblocking youtube or doing SOMETHING to make it easier for teachers to access. THAT has been my biggest obstacle this year-blocked sites. Makes innovate lesson planning pretty much IMPOSSIBLE. πŸ™‚

Hoping for the best tomorrow with creating those tables in google docs for our climate research. It’s quite the learning curve for the students to do these types of things. πŸ™‚

Teacher Channel Tuesday-Do Nows

One of my goals for this blog this year is to take a couple of days each week and use those days for some regular, dedicated posts. I’ve decided to “try” Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tuesdays will be my Teacher Channel Videos to share with you. I’m a subscriber of them, so I get a weekly email with a few videos in the email. I’m planning on sharing ONE video each week. On Tuesdays. πŸ™‚

This week is all about DO NOWS. Or morning work. Or bell ringers. They have many different names.


I’ve ALWAYS had my students work on something when they get to class-even back in Kindergarten. Like this teacher said, it helps set the tone of the classroom, helps with classroom management.

The kids know what to expect.

Now WHAT I’ve used as a do now has changed over the years. It’s even changed THIS year. πŸ™‚

We started out with a poetry routine. Then I changed it to math because these kids need so much math review.

NOW, it’s something different each day. BUT-they have no reason to be confused or lost BECAUSE they have a friendly little reminder on their computers.

I found this site PROTOPAGE. It’s a home page for your computer. It has tabs, widgets, sticky notes, etc. It’s so very way cool. πŸ™‚

If you want to see an example (and remember that we are just getting started with it) here it is:

Our 6th grade PROTOPAGE,

So we have a different tab for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Their morning “DO NOW” is under each tab for that day. Voila!!

This is our 1st week for the different morning DO NOWS, so we will see how it goes. AND we were out Monday because of the cold weather, delayed 2 hours today and tomorrow. Not exactly a good week to get something new off the ground. πŸ™‚ That’s school. Actually, that’s life!

What DO NOW do your students when they come into your classroom????