Saturday, October 4, 2014

#mtboschallenge Week 8: Organization Tips

This is Week 8 of the #mtboschallenge on twitter.  The challenge is to blog once a week for the remainder of 2014.  Each Saturday there will be a different prompt shared to blog about.  The prompt will be shared prior to Saturday on twitter using #mtboschallenge  You can link up on my blog (or any other blog that shares the link up). Also share your blog post on twitter with #mtboschallenge .  You can copy the following graphic into your blog post.  Each Sunday @druinok from  Teaching Statistics will host a 3-2-1 Summary prompt where you can blog about anything you choose.   Feel free to join the blogging challenge on either Saturday, Sunday, or both days.  We really hope you join the challenge!

The prompt for this week is to share any organization tips you have.  Please check all the blogs that link up and leave comments.  

Previous Posts on Classroom Organization:

Last Spring I ordered a kidney table with some voucher money I had from mentoring another teacher.  Unfortunately the person who was supposed to order the table never did so I came back to school this August to discover it had never been ordered.

It finally came in a couple weeks ago and I had to figure out how to organize things so I would be able to use it for small groups (the whole point of ordering the table), but also have necessary supplies at my fingertips.

I <3 this table!

I can fit five students around the table which is the maximum size of a small group I would pull.  I love that when students have questions now they come and sit right down at the table. This is for sure my favorite piece of furniture in my classroom.

My planner, MATHia folders by class, other files

I keep my desk pad on the table and put everything out at the end of the day to get ready for the next morning. 

Desk pad, Seating Chart/Class List Binder, Daily File

I struggled with where to put my daily files, but decided I needed them right near me because throughout a lesson I will grab what I need from the file and that way I never misplace anything important. I love my pop up post-it holder,  I am constantly grabbing a post-it to write something down.  I now need to stock up on pop-it post its because despite my vast collection of post-it notes I have very few pop-up notes.  If you know me, you know I love any excuse to buy post-it notes.  LOL  I also keep a stapler close by.

Daily File, Stapler, Pop Up Post-Its, Supply Caddy
Mailbox, Passes, etc

I knew I needed some sort of caddy for supplies.  I bought this at Office Depot/Max and I am loving it.  My favorite thing about it is that it spins around.  Everything that I consider a necessity is at my fingertips. It doesn't hold my full marker collection, but it's a start.
Pencils, Highlighters, Ruler, Scissors, Eraser, Passes, Binder Clips

Classroom Key Chain, Paper Pads

Paper clips and Post-Its

Birds eye view of my spinning organizer

Nameplate, paper, mailbox

I have a small trapezoid table next to my corner bookcase where I keep absent work files, kleenex, and the electric pencil sharpener.  I need to get some hand sanitizer ASAP based on the amount of coughing in my classroom lately.  Some days I feel like I'm teaching in a petri dish full of germs. I put a fun little pumpkin decoration on the table.  I'm going to do a separate post this week on all the cute fall/Halloween decor I've put up in my room.

Absent work files, kleenex, pencil sharpener

Close up of the absent work files

Turn in basket and Extra copies file

Another view from behind

I'm looking forward to reading everyone's posts on organization.  I'm always looking for tips to make myself more organized so I can maximize my time at school.

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  1. So ... I thought I was organized until I read your post ... hmmm will have to take a different approach for my blog :)

    1. Ditto - you should read my post! ; )


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