Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday Madness! Organizing Tips! {Teacher Week 13'}

Hey everyone!
I know I missed yesterday's link-up for Teacher Week 13' over at Bloghoppin'… but that's because I will not be ready to reveal my classroom until tomorrow! I really still have a lot to do and unfortunately because of meetings, I had no time in my classroom today :( HOWEVER- I hope to link up to the Tuesday linky when I do post pictures of my class, if I am still able to :) 

Today's Teacher Week 13' Linky is for Organization for Instruction! Because it is only my first year teaching, I will share some ideas that I have collected from other classrooms and I PRAY that they work in mine :) So here we go! Unforatunately… i have no pictures of my "things" that I'm using to organize, because I was actually away from my school today for my training and couldn't even get pictures! I'm so sad! Can you use your imagination?! We're teachers, of COURSE you can! Plus… I'll share a picture of one of my bulletin boards at the end as a treat!

I am using the three drawer towers from Target to organize my ELA centers. i want all of the supplies in a central location and I can't help but to think this will make transitions easier and more fluent! What do you all think? Has it worked for you in the past? I hope it works for me because in many of my other internships- they did NOT even have real "centers" so this is quite the change for me!

I have the multi colored rolling cart with 10 ( I think?) drawers that I picked up from Michael's. I am going to use this to organize my lessons for the week. The other 5 drawers will hold "to be copied", "to be filed", and also "to be graded". That leaves me with two drawers to play with :) I'm just sure I can think of something! I will share a picture of this at the end of the week so you can see how I set mine up.

I have caddies on the top of each pod of tables as well as crates at the end of each pod. This will ensure that supplies stay with the group, there will be no getting up for things while I teach, and no one-million-questions while I'm trying to work with students about where things are located. Ahhh…. I can breathe a sigh of relief at that last one! I cannot STAND when I am interrupted while working with a student or a small group of students! Everything they need daily will be right at their table. I've seen this idea floating through the blogosphere so I know this idea is not new- but I hope it works as well for me as it has for you all!

Well, seeing as how I am super pressed for time today- This is all for today folks! :) I hope you like my ideas and can even implement some of them in your classroom. I cannot wait to show you my classroom because I am very proud of how it is coming along! Here is a picture of one of my bulletin boards as a sneak preview! :) This board will be used for "shout-outs" at the end of the day. My plan (thanks to my AMAZING teammate!) is to have the students write their classmates (rotating each day) a meaningful compliment. This does not mean- “I think you’re cool”… That is NOT meaningful! I want the compliments to be taken seriously and be descriptive and specific. They will then take their compliments out to the board and stick them up. I am so excited about this idea! 

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  1. Sounds like you're off to a great start with your organization. It makes everything go so much more smoothly if you are well organized...:) Love your bulletin board....that fabric is gorgeous!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Keep Calm and Imagine

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  3. I love that bulletin board! I just pinned it, because I know others would love that inspiration as well :) Your tips are great..I have some of the same ones! Can't wait until you get your year started. You'll do great :)

    The Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher

  4. Love the OWLstanding board. I can't wait to see your reveal. I've been patiently waiting! :)
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'