It's Day 3 of the Teacher Week Blog Hop, and the focus is on organization!
Don't we all dream of a fully organized space? But perfection is not what we strive for with the little ones (or the big ones either), so we set up our classrooms to look like they belong in school supply catalogues and then the children come and settle wonderfully in and it all becomes less sterile, less organized, more realistic, and more loved.
So rather than perfection, what any real teacher strives for is functionality! I'm excited for today's hop, sure that I will get some real "why didn't I think of that!?!" ideas. Here are a few things that work well for me in my classroom:
|These are my student mailboxes (the white organizer on the shelf).|
Why am I showing you this? Stick with me...
I have 24 mailbox slots. Since I typically have up to 21 or 22 students, I generally have a few mailbox slots free. I always make a few extra copies of any send-home form that I may need to resend (like field trip forms) in there so I am not scrambling to find them if I need to send a second copy home. The bottom slot always houses extra reading logs that are part of the children's nightly homework. If you lose a reading log, grab a new one, they are right there in the mailboxes.
If you look at the larger pic again, you can see these milk crates next to my mailboxes. They are excellent for storing smaller construction paper in hanging folders!
Next up, a few things by my classroom door:
My door frame is metal, so I put a laminated bus cutout with each bus number on the door frame (the ones at the top are for parent pickups and after care) and list the children who take that bus with an Expo marker. This way, subs know exactly who goes where at bus time without any fumbling.
As soon as you walk in my door there are large wicker baskets for Take-home folders, finished work, and notes for me. They are different sizes so the kids learn which is which right away.
Thanks for checking in! I can't wait to get ideas from all of you! If you would like to link up and share your organizational ideas, click on the button at the top of the post. :)