Monday, February 14, 2011

Management Monday!

I've been asked about organization in my classroom.  Here are some tips that I have for you.

1.  No one is truly/perfectly "organized".  What might be organized to you, might seem messy to someone else.

2.  Take 5 minutes each day to put away items that you used that day and no longer need.  If you wait until the end of the week, it can seem overwhelming.

3.  Teach your students to take care of items that they use in the classroom (ex: centers, classroom books, papers in desk, etc).

4. Plan book- EVERY teacher needs a plan book of some sort.  I love the DJ Inkers plan book found {here}.


5.  Weekly organizer- It is essential in organizing your worksheets, activities, and books for the week. Sarah has a great idea on her blog First Grader At Last.  I use this one and love it (from Lakeshore):
6.  Storage tubs are also important to organizing your craft supplies, centers, games, manipulatives, etc. I probably have 30 or more in my classroom! I love the clear ones with colored lids, but they can get pricey. I also organize my decorations for each season/theme above my cupboards in storage tubs.


7.  Everything has a place and there is a place for everything. I live by this little saying. Your classroom supplies should be easily accessible by a sub or teammate.

8. Take about once a month and clean your classroom.  I know that you have custodians who come and clean each day, but they can only do so much in that little amount of time.  I like to clean my desk, cupboard tops, and dust a little (nothing crazy).  Then, before we go off track each time, my students clean the tops and insides of their desks.  

9.  If you are like me, grading and passing back papers are quite time consuming. This little gadget here that I got at walmart.com has been a LIFE SAVER (I could not find a link for you, but I did find one at the Container Store and as a teacher you can get 15% off).  I have the students turn their work into their folder (class number).  Then, when I correct papers, they are already in alphabetical order and I can just slip them into their take-home cubbies.




10.  Label, label, and LABEL.  Not only is it really cute to label everything and it helps your students' vocabulary, but it helps you as a teacher locate items quickly.











I have included my organizational tags for you.

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Here are a couple blogs that have great organization ideas!


Head over to Ladybug Teacher Files for a linky party on storage


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16 comments:

Hadar said...

you are awesome! thank you, thank you!!

smorss99 said...

Someday I will be organized :)
You definitely inspire me!

Ladybug Teacher said...

Rachelle, I loved this post! I definitely need to work on number 8...the bookcases are getting so dusty! I think I will have to stay after for awhile, specifically to clean. Thanks! :)

Mrs. Saoud said...

I have the tubs but missing the labels. I don't know why I haven't done this before now. I open up each container multiple times of the year. So silly. I snagged a few of your labels. Thanks for the motivation!

Cheryl
saouds2ndgraders.blogspot.com

Pirate Teacher said...

Thank you so much. Each year I slowly get a bit more organized. These ideas will help.

Just Julie said...

My classroom closet is in need of some serious organization intervention. I dream of having someone come in and surprising me with an Extreme Classroom Makeover. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Lindsey said...

these are great ideas! thanks:)

-Lindsey
www.theteacherwife.blogspot.com

Natalie Kay said...

I need to get organized!! Thanks for helping me know where to start. LOVE YOU!

Morgan said...

Tubs and bins with labels make my heart happy! My problem is the file cabinet. I know where things are most of the time, but there's no rhyme or reason to their places!

FantasticFirst.blogspot.com

Sue said...

Thanks for the great ideas...I already do a couple of them... but I picked up a few new ones.

Mrs. Thiessen said...

Love your labels! And, I have about a gazillion bins in need of labels. Perfect timing and SO STINKIN' CUTE!

Thanks!
Alexandra
http://thefirstgradesweetlife.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth said...

what's the font that you use for your labels? they're sooooo cute!!

Rachelle said...

Which label? :) I use lots of different fonts and I know them all, but I'm not sure which one you mean.

Chrissy said...

Thank you for sharing your labels, etc.!!

http://read-write-sing.blogspot.com/

Kathleen said...

Love it! Want to come organize my room :) Thanks for linking up!
kathleen
growingkinders.blogspot.com

Mrs. A said...

Your ideas are so inspiring! I just got the weekly organizer from Lakeshore in #5 and LOVE it already!

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