I had a sub come up to me at lunch last week and tell me what a pleasure it was to sub in my room because I was so organized. I smiled and thanked her while thinking in my mind, “Oh, good, I fooled someone!” She must be telepathic because she then said, “No, really!” and started listing things about how my class was organized that she appreciated.
I am constantly fighting to be more organized. I don’t think I’ll ever feel like I’m ‘organized enough’. But, in reflecting, there are quite a few things that I’ve done to help myself out. When I saw Stephanie’s Linky, I knew this was my chance to
convince myself share with you.
I have a bin for each day of the week. I place papers for each day in each bin. I put things for the following week to the right of a file folder.
At the front of my room I have a teacher table. I keep my manuals on that table. At the end of each day, I get the papers from my Mon.-Fri. bins and put the papers for the next day on my table. I use fancy paper clips to mark my page of my manuals.
My cubbies used to be for passing out student papers. Now that more than 90 kids go through my class, I can’t do that. So, I use the cubbies for myself. I keep papers that I’ve copied for the future organized in the cubbies. There are papers we use weekly like Mental Math, Weekly Behavior Reports, etc. Those have homes in the cubbies. When a child needs another one, they have to go to the cubbies to get what they need.
|One of the things on my To-Do List is making labels for some of these cubbies.
My favorite thing about having papers where the students can get them is this conversation:
|I wasn’t thinking of my homework pocket when I took this picture, but there is the top of it.