When teachers talk about organization, there is this feeling it all has to be done right then and there. That’s not how it works, though. It’s a gradual thing. It should be. Too much at once, especially while your in a school year with kids, can be a lot to change everything at once. So instead, I recommend starting with these top 3 areas to organize in the classroom.
I always ask teachers what their biggest pain points are when it comes to teaching and more specifically, organization. There are overarching themes I see day in and day out. One of the biggest being “where do I start?!?”
I always recommend starting small, with an area that is easy to organize in a matter of a few minutes and then working up to bigger things.
Top 3 Areas to Organize in the Classroom
The reason I picked these three areas is because I feel they play a vital role in the classroom. You might not agree and that’s okay. I still challenge you to think about what you can do to improve the organization in these three areas in your classroom.
You are likely to think “yes, they are important!” or “no, it’s the kids classroom and there isn’t enough room.”
I make my case for why you need a teacher desk in your classroom and how you can organize your teacher desk for optimal usage!
My number one tip, though, for the teacher desk is to clean it off every day so when you return the next morning, it’s nice and organized!
This is one of the most common questions I get. I have a blog, podcast, and video on my exact method and you can see it all right here.
I also talk about some important musts for the papers in your classroom on the podcast.
Lastly, we wrap up with student materials. They have so much stuff and you NEED it to be organized with routines and structure.
In the podcast I talk about organizing their desks, their actual supplies, and station materials.
You can also hear me talk about student desks on a Coaching Session with Jordan when we talked about managing materials for multiple classes.
I’d love for you to have a listen HERE. And I would especially love it if you shared it with your other teacher friends!!!
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If you’d like some additional ideas and inspiration when it comes to working beyond these top 3 areas to organize in the classroom, you can get a copy of the Classroom Organization Guidebook.
Until next time,
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