Organization Techniques for the Classroom
School is almost here (much to the dismay of students all over the United States) which means that if you’re a teacher, it’s time to get your classroom back in order after a summer away. The musty smell of a classroom in August is a familiar scent. Don’t let this task dishearten you even if it’s a big one; getting ready for a new school year is exciting!
Since you’ve probably left your room untouched since June, you have likely got a little cleaning up to do. Get things tidy and in order before you get started on the bigger jobs.
- Give whiteboards a good cleaning with window cleaner.
- Wipe off all surfaces so that you don’t spread dust around the room.
- Arrange desks and tables how you like them; if you’re going to change things up, now is the time.
Go through your classroom books and organize them depending on unit. Stock the library area full of books for your students, and put aside the special ones that you will use for instruction. If you have the space, arrange a little nook with pillows and chairs.
Pull off the faded butcher paper and reimagine your classroom bulletin boards. Liven up your walls with clean, brightly-colored boards and fun borders. There are endless amazing ideas on Pinterest that you can copy if you need inspiration.
On a Roll
Some teachers like to use a small rolling cart like the one from IKEA to manage their lesson planning materials. All your items are in one place, and you can easily move it from one space to another if you share a room.
It’s a big job to get your room ready for the fall, but what an exciting job! Blast your favorite music and roll up your sleeves as you prepare to make the classroom home again.