I was reading other blogs for some crafty classroom decorations and I came across a menu board. It was pretty and decorated with different scrapbooking paper and embellishments. I loved the concept and I'm thinking about making one. It gave me the idea to make a Follow Up board for each building, kind of like the menu board. Anything I need to follow up on gets written on a post-it and stuck to the board. Quickly check the board every day to see what things need to be done.
A few days ago, while walking down the hall, a para stopped me and told me a student needed a new notebook (it's one I make for him). I had completely forgotten about it because it wasn't written down anywhere. In the future when I'm stopped in the hall, I can say "Sure, just add it to my follow up board so I don't forget."
We have RtI meetings every 2 weeks in my district. For special ed teachers, these meetings become a giant to do list. When I'm at those meetings, anything I need to follow up on goes on a post-it and stuck to the board. Sometimes students ask me to do something for them, like help them choose a book they would like. I can ask them to add it to my follow up board as well. I feel that this could be an organization strategy that may show students how to organize themselves as well.