Officially I don't have to be back at work until Monday, August 5th. However, I decided to get a jump start on things, and man am I glad I did. This year I will be teaching fifth grade, so moving classroom happened along with making new anchor charts and activities for my classroom. The classroom I was moved to was a disaster! The teachers who "lived" there before me were not organized and stuff was just shoved in cabinets and drawers. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not organized myself but in my old classroom I at least knew where everything was. To start off I took everything out of the cabinets, off the shelves, and out of the drawers. I thew out pounds upon pounds of garbage, and recycled tons of papers. Man, did it feel good to have a handle on my new classroom. I couldn't have done it without the help of some lovely friends. Now, all my cabinets are organized school supplies are in bins with labels, posters are laying flat in cabinets, books are in place and now everything has its very own spot! My teacher resources are now organized by subject with labels and teachers guides and supplements are within my reach! It just makes me even more excited to start on my new teaching adventure!
In my quest to become more organized I have made some new things with the help of Pinterest! (My best friend!) I have three bins for my and my assistant teachers use. One is to be graded, one is to be passed out, one is to be filed. I plan to use these bins to keep my paperwork in check. Now that my students will be getting real grades and I have to keep track of them, I am hoping this will help. I also, have bought these little circular bins from the dollar store to keep at my computer for easy access to paperclips, pushpins, and staples. I don't know about you, but I am never at my desk and often need these materials.
One place where I am begging for help from all of you, is how to you organize all of your copies. I have tried little cubbies with labels for each day of the week, but I can never seem to keep up with it. My copies often end up on the front carpet in stacks waiting to be used. Do ya'll have any methods that work? I am willing to try anything. I want more than anything to be organized with my stuff.
Before and almost after pictures of my classroom. I am almost there being organized and done, but not quite! :)