Okay, let's start with a vote...class, raise your hands if your summer is going by WAY to fast! Ha ha! I know, I know...I can't see you, but I'm pretty sure that if I could, most of your hands would be up like mine. No matter how fast your summer is going, a true teacher can never seem to get enough information on the hot topic of classroom organization! I know, that's an opinionated statement, but friends...I can't think of one teacher that would disagree!
Well, you're in luck! I'm teaming up with some of my TpT/blogger besties to talk about and show you how you can start your school year off with a clear, ORGANIZED mind frame...and classroom! Can I hear an AMEN?! ;)
Okay, so what do I have to offer? I'm going to walk you through some of my small group, large group, center, and teacher must-have organization that you would find in Room 309. I'll break the sections down and only talk a little about it. I am a visual type of gal, so the pictures will hopefully say it all...and each classroom functions differently, so you may want to use the following in a completely different way to best suit your individual classroom needs.
**Please note, I will be providing a link under the pictures to take you directly to the products that I'm showing you if you're interested in getting organized like me! **
This is something that I keep at my small group table. I am a huge fan of white boards, and my kids LOVE using them whenever they get the chance. I'm sure you can see the chipped edges on our white boards...yep, they have been "loved." :)
I always keep my comprehension dice, white boards, dry erase markers, erasers, and rulers in this caddy. It can change, depending on what we're doing each day, but this seems to be a constant.
PRODUCT LINK: Wire Storage Center
Here's another addition to my small group section. I can keep leveled activities, worksheets, student data, and so much more in this organizer. You can see that I also keep red pens for student self-checking, highlighters, and writing utensils alongside for easy access. My goal is to sit down and not have to get up for anything...my focus is on my kiddos. :)
PRODUCT LINK: Wire Secretary
Both of these items are from Really Good Stuff. I'm a fan, as you will soon see! :) (PS: If you are from Really Good Stuff, I'll be waiting for my check in the mail...wink wink!)
I LOVE these little caddies. They have saved me so many headaches, I can't even begin to tell you! I don't have my kids keep their glue, scissors, or highlighters in their desks. If we are completing a group activity, the group captain is in charge of getting these little guys and keeping them filled with the right amount of contents before returning them to our shelves. It really is GOOD STUFF! :) I would also suggest adding colored pencils, crayons, or checking pens/pencils to them. You decide...the possibilities are endless!!
PRODUCT LINK: Four-Compartment Caddies
Click HERE to download my cubbie labels for FREE! Please note that there are labels for up to 7 groups with three "E" labels for my "Extra" bins.
From pocket charts to file folders...center storage is endless! I'm just showing you a couple of things that have worked for me. :)
The first thing that I wanted to share with you is how I store and manage my best selling Interactive Writing Center. You need to first know that I created this product so that the students could be completely INDEPENDENT, allowing the teacher to focus their attention on small group and one-to-one work. Why is that important? Well, everything that is needed to do that is located inside of these folders. So the organization to this hanging file bin is critical to their success and also in the way that I manage their work.
I added peel and stick labels with coordinating colors, and if you notice in the very back of the first picture, you will see a tab that says "For Copying." This is where I keep my blackline masters that I created. I never have to thumb through any of my other materials. They're always there waiting for me! It's the small things. :)
*Simply click on one of these pictures to get a closer look at my Writing Center!*
I also have a "Spelling Station" in my classroom that I use with my Daily 5 routine. I found these alphabet magnets (also from Really Good Stuff) that came in this super handy container that not only separates the letters perfectly, but they labeled it for my students! Love it!
PRODUCT LINK: Alphabet Storage Magnets and Case
FOR THE TEACHER
I can't talk about organization without talking about my Ultimate Teaching Binders. TpT is flooded with them now, but I made these last spring and it truly was the best thing that I could have done! I have not only cleared my own personal mental clutter, I have helped THOUSANDS of other teachers do the same thing. You name it...it's most likely in here. If it's not, you can use my editable files to create it, rename it, or make adjustments to it to fit your needs. It's a MUST for my classroom. I have eight different themes, but this is my most recent one. To learn a little more about it, you can go to my shop, my blog post (and another blog post...more pictures!!), or my video tutorials.
I hope that that you took an idea from my post, or were at the very least to re-examine your classroom this year and get more organized than ever before! I'm FINALLY getting to the best part of this post. As you clearly saw, I am a fan of Really Good Stuff teaching products. In an effort to help you get organized, or to simply enjoy a shopping spree on me...I am giving away a $50 Really Good Stuff gift card so that you can kick start your school year with a little more cash in your pocket and a few more ideas to make you the best teacher that you can be! Woo hoo!!
In ADDITION to my giveaway, I am teaming up with other 3rd-5th grade teachers for ONE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY!! ONE very lucky winner will really be starting off their school year on the right foot, because the will receive a packet full of our BEST SELLING RESOURCES for their classroom! So don't you dare click anywhere but on my little Rafflecopter to join the back to school party!
*This giveaway is open to teachers only in honor of Back to School time and to celebrate their hard work and dedication. Thank you teachers!!
*The giveaway will end on August 2nd and two names will be drawn. One name will be the winner of the $50 gift card and the other will be entered to win the Collaborative Giveaway. Winner will be notified via email and announced on my Facebook page.
From my little blog to your little computer...I wish you ALL THE BEST in organization and sanity (ha!) in the upcoming school year. :) Please stick around by following me. I LOVE hearing from my virtual teaching buddies and hopefully inspiring a few of you along the way!
Be sure to check out my friends' blogs for MORE $50 giveaways and classroom inspiration!