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1. Label as much as you can. Whether you use decorative magnetic labels, name tags, or just a
simple strip of Mauvalus Tape®, it is important to clearly mark all of your resources so you don’t
spend time opening bins and boxes to find the teaching tool you’re looking for.

 

2. Display the daily schedule with a Daily Schedule Pocket Chart or a dry-erase chart and let
everyone know what’s coming next. This is especially handy when you may have a substitute
leading your class. It also makes any changes in schedules less of a surprise.

 

3. Organize manipulatives and other multi-piece tools with stackable, sturdy plastic bins (again
labeled on the outside) so you can grab a bin and get to working on the activity rather than
spending the first five minutes hunting down all the right pieces. This works particularly well if
you also place them back in the bins after using them so they’re ready to go for the next time!

 

4. Keep reading time all about reading when you store books in Plastic Book Baskets, which not
only keep your literature neat and accessable but they also have write-on labels on the handles
so you can sort the baskets by genre.

 

5. Use a clock, like the Time Timer or the Time Tracker Visual Time & Clock to keep kids on
taskand let them know how much time they have remaining to complete their assigned task.
The more on task they remain, the smoother your class will function.

 

6. Keep a routine. Even though routines are typically established on the first day of school, your
first day of school in the new year can serve the same purpose. Let students assist in keeping your
classroom clean-up routines by assigning tasks to help you such as putting things away, wiping
the board clean, and more.

 

7. Rather than pass out papers to the students all day, or try to ensure they receive important
notes, invest in a mailbox for the classroom like the 30-slot mailbox from Pacon. You can use the
students’ numbers on the tabs to keep them organized. Assigning numbers or letters to each child
is also handy in case a student leaves, or one is gained. This also helps the teacher know at the
end of the day who did not take their paperwork home with them.

 

8. Eliminate unnecessary clutter. This usually starts with your desk. If you haven’t used it in
2 weeks then it can most likely be packed away in a drawer or closet storage bin. Then carry this
same rule throughout your entire classroom.

 

9. Review what you may have tried in the past to stay organized. Did it work? If so that’s great!
Can you improve on your time-tested method? If it didn’t work then it’s time to go back to the
drawing board and discover new solutions for staying organzied so you can focus on teaching!

 

10. Since we’re in the heart of cold and flu season, keep your class healthy and yourself healthy
with a simple, organized station stocked with Kleenex, hand sanitizer, and other tools to combat
illnesses. The healthier your class remains, the more on track your lesson plan can remain without
having to alter your schedule to cater to sudent absences.