I am notorious in my classroom for my notes and lists. I’ve mentioned before that in a few weeks my students will start saying things like “Write it down, Mrs. Maurer” or “Will you put that on your list?” They quickly learn that I keep a list of treats we need, things we wish we had in our class, things we need to do, surprises I need to buy for the treasure box, and even topics we need to investigate. I also write notes to parents and grandparents. If they do something special they often ask, “Will you write that in my folder for me?” If they have a behavior problem they ask me NOT to write it in their folder.
I write my notes and lists so that my brain does not have to hold and retrieve a lot of minor details and has more memory space for the important things I need to think about. At least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!! That doesn’t mean that I don’t remember the things that are on my lists- I often have greater recall just because I have written them down- but it does mean that I don’t have to remember. I can check my list and check it again if necessary.
So I begin today with a list of “to do” things that I wrote down at the end of yesterday. And this morning I printed my “first week of school” reminder list that I made at the end of last year. And when I get to school there is a note on my computer that says “check your email!” LOL
I hope that having a great day is on YOUR list!