As little kids, we dream of the jobs we want to have when we are grown ups- a lot of you reading this post probably always knew you wanted to be a teacher. But then, when you actually got into the classroom, it wasn’t at all what you had hoped it would be. Way more work, way more time, way more responsibility, and way more clutter than you probably anticipated.
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When I was a little girl I dreamed of being a teacher. I wanted it so badly that in 3rd grade Santa brought me a projector! That same year one of my mom’s friends gifted me charts, school supplies, and workbooks to help me with my “classroom.” She also gifted me this cute little apple with Miss Buchtien written on it. That was my name tag. I still have it to this day!
Flash forward fifteen years or so (I’m not great at mental math) I stepped into the classroom and immediately regretted my choice of profession.
In fact, one day I was teaching a lesson while my mentor teacher was observing. I don’t remember what caused it, but I broke down in tears in the middle of the lesson.
She took over the lesson for me so I could go to the restroom and catch my breath for a minute. (I also told the college girl who was subbing at our school that day that she should rethink her major.)
Teaching is really hard work and often times harder in ways we didn’t even anticipate.
In this post, I am sharing how important it is to create an organized classroom. Believe it or not, an organized classroom can help with the stress you feel each and every day.
An organized classroom can save you time and if I know anything about teachers, it’s how much we complain about how little time we have!
What is Needed for Classroom Organization?
Classroom Organization is more than just a pretty classroom. It’s your routines, systems, workflows, and structures all seamlessly blended together to create a classroom that you can teach in.
When I talk about helping you create an organized classroom, I am not trying to get you to create a classroom that is beautiful and Pinterest worthy. (In fact, I think that’s overrated…here’s why.)
Instead, I want to teach you the components of an organized classroom. If you can structure your classroom in an organized and well thought out way then you will set yourself up for success throughout the year.
Each tier builds upon the last because you can’t have an organized classroom without time management boundaries, self-care, or classroom management.
And you for sure can’t have a well-managed classroom just by making sure it looks cute for the Gram.
Start organizing your classroom with the free 5-Day Classroom Organization Challenge. In this challenge, I walk you through steps to organize your teacher desk, classroom papers, classroom cabinets, student materials, and your small group teaching area.
The Organized Teacher Framework™- a Classroom Organization Course
Inside The Organized Teacher Framework™, the classroom organization course I created, I teach you how to establish each of those components.
Inside The Framework, I walk you through:
- the steps you need to take to get a self-care and time management plan in place
- how to create solid classroom management plans, structures, and routines
- how to set up your classroom in an organized way
- tips reorganize it in the middle of the year
- practical solutions for your most pressing organization questions (like how to organize your teacher desk, ways to handle student supplies, and how to manage your resources and materials)
Tune in to the podcast here to listen to an interview with a TOTF student who shares about her success after completing the course.
If you want a sneak peek at what is inside the course, then check out the video below where I do a quick walkthrough of what is actually inside the course as soon as you join.
If you want to love teaching again and not spend so much time stressing over where things go or spending so much time at school, then you need an organization plan in place!
Classroom organization will save you time, stress, and heartache.
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Until next time,