When I started The Simply Organized Teacher it started as a way for me to share organization tips. But as it has evolved and the podcast has grown– I’ve started talking a lot more about classroom management and just classroom tips in general to help teachers make the most of their time in the classroom.
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I love talking about teaching- specifically organization and management. Which is why I wrote my ebook- The Simply Organized Classroom. I like to say this is what we would talk about if we sat down over coffee (or margs) to chat teaching.
Classroom Tips for Teachers
The ebook has seven different chapters- which I will layout here for you. Under each chapter I will share a bit about that chapter and why I wrote it.
My hope is you will find some of the classroom tips in the ebook that will help you improve your classroom organization and management so you can focus on what really matters- your kiddos!
Classroom Layout and Aesthetics
The first chapter is all about laying out your classroom because I believe that a well organized and laid out classroom sets the stage for an effective classroom!
I talk about the steps to setting up your classroom and how to structure your classroom for cooperative learning. The ebook also covers how to decorate (and not decorate) your classroom as well as budgeting for teachers.
I devote a whole chapter to talking about my very favorite part of teaching- organizing it all!
I start with talking about organizing your cabinets. Just like an organized classroom lays the foundation for a successful school year, organized cabinets lay the foundation for an organized classroom!
One question I get often is how to organize student papers and I address my whole process in the ebook.
Classroom Management Plans
The ebook spends a whole chapter talking about the importance of classroom management and how to develop different plans for different students.
Of course, classroom management is more than positive behavior incentives, but also routines and classroom jobs. Both of which I share about in the ebook!
If you want to stay sane in the classroom, you need some routines in place. Both for yourself and for your students.
This chapter is divided into two sections- classroom routines (like where to turn things in, going to the bathroom, how to enter the classroom) and student routines (like morning arrival, stations, end of the day procedures)
It’s no secret that teachers are low on time. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about that. Instead of complaining about the lack of time, take control of your time!
In this chapter I talk about lesson planning, organizing your days and weeks to make the most of your time at school, and boundaries that are important to set.
Tips for First Year Teachers
I have a special place in my heart for first year teachers because it wasn’t so long ago I was one! However, I had a really great mentor and Masters program that walked me through my entire first year. I know most first year teachers don’t have that- so I want to be that for you!
I talk about things I wasn’t expecting in the first year as well as how to set up for your very first year in the classroom. This chapter also shares some ideas for the first few days of school and how to plan for the first day.
The last chapter of the ebook is dedicated to navigating the dynamics of working in a primarily female work environment.
I share a few tips on how to be confident (especially as a new teacher), ways to spot the negative teachers on your campus, and ideas for handling difficult team members.
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Included in The Simply Organized Classroom Ebook are tons of classroom tips and a workbook to go along with the ebook to help you brainstorm and map out your plans along the way.
Until next time,
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