During this past month of April, I have hosted a series on my facebook group called Operation Organization.Â My passion is coaching teachers on classroom organization and management. So it only seemed fitting, that I start offering some of those services for my followers!Â This series featured five classroom teachers who expressed a need for classroom organization coaching.
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It’s been a fun month working with these teachers, learning different ways they do things in their classrooms, and sharing my knowledge and skills with them (as well as those of you who followed along!).
Originally I hosted the videos exclusively inside The Simply Organized Teacher Community. But then I thought…how much more fun would it be to let anyone who wants to watch, watch?!?
So that’s what this weeks post is. Below are the coaching sessions with each of the teachers I coached over the course of this month. Enjoy!
Classroom Organization Coaching
And before you start watching all the videos…I just want to apologize in advance for the video quality. Mot of these videos are taken straight off of facebook (because I forgot to push “record” on the other software I was going to record on). But, regardless of the quality of the video, I know you will find the content helpful as you figure out ways to organize areas in your classroom!
Small Group Area Organization- Casey Miller
Up first was my friend and coworker, Casey. I have spent quite a bit of time in Casey’s room and she was one of the first classroom makeovers I did! She is always so gracious to let me use her as a guinea pig for organization things I want to try. 😉
We spent the Thursday before Good Friday talking about her small group teaching area and organizing her materials.
Classroom Management Techniques- Emma Cramer
Next I attempted to do a facebook live with Emma. However, some technical difficulties (and a big fear of looking ridiculous) had us record on a different platform. Her coaching session is in the form of a podcast and you can listen to it here!
Emma is a first year teacher and started in her 6th grade classroom in January of this year!!!! So needless to say, she has a lot on her plate. I shared with her some thoughts from my First Year Teacher: Behavior Management Techniques blogÂ I thought would be helpful.
Classroom Storage Organization- Leslie Jacobs
My next guest on the Operation Organization session was Leslie who is a first year teacher stuck in the old PLC room of her school. Lacking any type of cabinet storage, Leslie was desperate for ways to organize the one cabinet she was given. We make more of a mess than we started with…but at least she now has a plan! 🙂
Teacher Command Center + Cabinets- Brittany Cox
Brittany is a sweet, sweet first year teacher (with an awesome instagram) who is facing the same struggle I see SO many teachers face. Cabinets that become the “black hole” of the classroom. When in a rush, we just shove things in our cabinet to get it out of the way and out of sight. Today we map out a plan for Brittany to turn transform her teacher command center as well as what to do about the big cabinet she has in her classroom.
Small Group Teaching Area- Janell Puckett
Janell is one of my good good friends and I am lucky to know her! Janell’s small group teaching area and u-table are frequently full of stuff- papers, markers, materials, etc. which makes pulling small groups extra difficult. In this video we created a plan AND organized her small group area. Oh, and we laughed.. A LOT!
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What an honor to work in these ladies classrooms and help them organize their classroom materials as well as management techniques. I’ve said it before and I am sure I will say it a million more times…but classrooms need organization and management routines in place for effective teaching to happen. As teachers, we have toooooo much on our plates to waste time sifting through papers, drawers, and cabinets to find something.
Unrelated to Operation Organization, I hosted two guests on my podcast this month. Kristina Grant and Sarah Spears. Both ladies chatted with me about my most favorite thing: CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION! And you can have a listen to my conversation with Kristina here and my convo with Sarah here!
If you haven’t already, make sure you join The Simply Organized Teacher Community on facebook! This community is designed to support and encourage teachers in classroom organization and management!
Until next time,