This is a free item which I created as a favor to the teacher stepping into my old project-based learning shoes. This is a collection of 11 pages of classroom management paperwork with very cute, modern, gender-neutral chalkboard fonts and graphics. I wanted to share this item with any teachers who may be interested in project-based learning. This could be extremely helpful for teachers who haven't mastered the project-based classroom management dynamic.
Yes, it is more paperwork to fill out and keep up with.
This paperwork, however, has students doing most of the work with the teacher simply monitoring or facilitating, and this paperwork is necessary--in the project-based collaborative classroom, things can become chaotic quickly and things are lost, broken, or "borrowed" and students will insist they were nowhere near the item in question.
My suggestion is to print twenty copies of everything at the beginning of the year. Keep the textbook assignment sheet in a binder with a list of passwords and logins for students. Make tabs in another binder to put in the discipline log, a parent contact log, and missing assignment sheets (if you have a binder large enough, make a tab for each student and give them all their own discipline sheet and parent-contact log). Put everything else on clipboards that are placed strategically in the room and train, train, train your students the first week or two to use these so that it becomes automatic. Leave one copy and the cover page in a separate binder so that you always have a master copy. Not every classroom will need every page and some classrooms will need more. Feel free to mix and match.
If anyone would like a way to manage an aspect in the classroom which I have not covered, please request it, and I will deliver.
This is a completely free curtsey I wish other teachers had bestowed on me when I began PBL and only hosted here as I do not run a blog. PBL is a passion of mine, and I will provide whatever support necessary to ensure that a teacher does not become discouraged from this method because of classroom management issues.