teacher. There are some simple tips and tricks that can help you transform your
organization skills so that you can mainly focus on the teaching and learning
process. Read on to learn about five ways you can organize your classroom with these methods that really work!
three groups of eight, by pushing desks together and facing one another. At the
end of each group, place a clear bin that sits on wheels (so it’s easy to
manipulate) and that has at least two drawers. Fill the drawers with crayons,
scissors, glue sticks, paper, and early finisher worksheets (or whatever you
want!). It limits movement in the classroom and is quick and easy for students
to access. Plus, you don’t have to be the one doing any passing out of papers. You can label each drawer with the supplies inside to keep them organized by color. This 10 drawer rolling container sells for about $35 but it’s well worth the price to use it year after year. They also come in a variety of different sizes so if you have four reading groups, you could buy one that only has 4 drawers or 6 drawers. I have three of these in my classroom:
- one for “rolling” group centers
- one for guided reading groups supplies and lesson materials
- and another one to organize each content area’s lessons for the week. I place any printables, lesson materials, and instructions in the drawer for that particular subject
classroom. Stock up on them! You can keep a binder as a communication log
between yourself and parents; filling it with emails and phone call documentation.
You can fill a binder with clear folders and place each spelling list inside,
in order by unit for easy access and reference. You can even place your
teaching units in them and organize all worksheets in the order that you use
them. Binders are also portable so you can grab them and go right to the copy
room to make copies instead of digging through files!
either designate certain shelves as the fiction, non-fiction, biography (etc.)
shelf; or you can place your books in colored baskets to represent each genre.
It will discourage students from pulling books out of their spot and putting
them back in the incorrect spot. You can also place a colored dot on the back
of each book so students are aware if the book is appropriate for their
specific reading level. If you use an accelerated reading program at your school, use the same color dots to keep it consistent.
isn’t always doing the organizing, but actually maintaining the organization.
With on average, 25 students in your class; things can get messy pretty
quickly! So, be sure that each student has a daily job to do. Students can be
responsible for fixing the book shelves, inspecting desks, washing the board,
straightening centers, and even cleaning up the recess toys. Having students help keep the room organized gives them a feeling of responsibility and pride. When I find myself doing a simple task, over and over, like sharpening extra pencils each morning, I figure out a way to make it a task or job that a student could help out our classroom community. Some jobs that I have used in my second grade classroom are:
- Pencil Patrol – responsible for sharpening the extra pencils each morning
- Budding Botanist – responsible for watering the plants twice a week
- Paper Pusher – responsible for passing out papers
- IT Assistant – responsible for turning on/off the classroom computers each day
- Desk Detective – responsible for checking student desks to make sure they all tidy
- Recycling Manager – responsible for collecting and delivering any recyclable materials
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independence. Place a container of pencils near the sharpener for students to
use any time. You can also place a tape dispenser, white out, sticky notes, a
hole puncher, stapler, and even erasers in a bin to discourage them from asking
you and simply helping themselves but only at designated times during the day. All items are to remain at the station so
they don’t get misplaced. An organized room is an effective classroom community where everyone does their part to help out! Consider these five tips and tricks to get your classroom into tip top shape for the upcoming school year!