My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

March 16, 2012

To Do Lists - SOLC #16

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I made three to-do lists today.  One on my desk, one in my day planner (an oxymoron when you're me!) and one in my car. I'm a big fan of random lists on left in many places.

How many things did I get to cross off?  None.

I'm a compulsive list maker, and I'm excellent at writing things down.
I'm terrible at doing what I've listed.

I can remember the dry cleaners once in a while (thank you, pink receipt) and the library books floating around my car eventually make it back (this week I owe $ for late books).

The lists I always forget are the lists of items I want to bring to school to add to my students' schema.  These lists reflect what we're reading and learning about, and I've had some unusual items listed lately.

Yesterday's list, which I left on my desk, included the following:

  • piece of tree branch showing rings
  • pinecone
  • Life Magazine - moon landing
  • Natalie Merchant CD
Well look at that.  I remembered my list from yesterday!  If I can just focus for five minutes, I might be able to collect a few of these items.  Wouldn't that be something!


  1. LOL--I have lists everywhere. I bought a cute little notebook to keep in my purse, but, of course, I forget to use that! Or if I use it, I forget to put it back in my purse! Maybe one day!

  2. I do this all the time, too!!!

    Jennifer K.

  3. Funny! I'm a list maker too and can relate to some things not getting crossed off

  4. Lists are wonderful - especially when you can cross things off! At least they make us feel like we're organized.

  5. My name is Dana. I am also a list maker. It's been about one hour since I last added to my list. I made a connection that gave me an idea for a future slice. THANK YOU.

  6. I had to laugh that you made three lists today but none did their job. When I make a list I try to put it somewhere that will cause me to do or remember what is on it. Doesn't always work, but I try.

  7. I am a list-maker too. Having my phone has helped me because I can now make lists anywhere I go --- and I can read them (reading the lists I made in the car was always a challenge). I use ColorNote on my phone as it allows me to actually check off items on the list. AKA Notepad isn't bad for lists with longer text or lists that are more permanent. Like you, I put a lot of things on a list, but don't often get to check them off. I'm trying to get better about this.

    I love the way you listed the items you had on your list --- seems fitting. ;o) It was interesting to read the connections from your classroom. How wonderful to consider bringing these connections in to share with your students.