5/21/2018

5 Tools for Maximum Classroom Organization

1. Teacher Planners

One solution for staying on schedule is using a customizable teacher plan book. Carson-Dellosa’s new Aim High and Celebrate Learning Teacher Planners feature weekly, monthly, and yearly spreads, checklists to record attendance and/or homework completion, pages for detailed notes, and more—and they even come with motivational accent stickers to add more personalization. When you find the right planner, all of your management needs can be met with one compact, convenient product. When in doubt, refer to your planner for a quick reference and feel competent in maintaining a smooth lesson-planning routine even when unexpected things come across your desk.  

2. Record Books

Tracking student progress often feels like a full-time job. Accurate record keeping is important, especially because it allows teachers to identify learning gaps early enough to intervene. The ideal record book makes the tracking process easier and less time-consuming. A record book should be suited toward grade level, include a student roster (that’s used across several pages), provide space for behavior notes, and offer a grading scale chart. This may be one of the simplest tools that can make the biggest difference in organizing your work and your goals. And this tool will serve as your guidebook all year long, so pick a bright color or design that fits your personality.

3. Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards allow you to share information with your students quickly and in an organized way. According to the Visual Teaching Alliance, visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text alone, making fashionable– yet functional – bulletin boards an asset for students in the classroom. Your bulletin boards may include weekly updates and schedules, display classroom rules, set behavior expectations, or most importantly, reinforce essential lessons. The use of a few well-organized bulletin boards, instead of just one, will allow you to aesthetically display information in manner that’s easier for students to digest. Not feeling creative when it comes to bulletin board design? Grab some readily available bulletin boards that vary based on season, subject, color, and more, to decorate your boards and classroom.

4. File Folders

Organize that stack of papers on your desk with a simple file folder system. You can utilize a traditional filing cabinet or you can develop a portable file folder system that works for you. Use colorful labels and file folders to easily locate and identify your information. At the end of each year, go through your file folders to determine what’s recyclable and what’s ready for the paper shredder. Give yourself a fresh start each school year by choosing plenty of new file folders for all of your student data, assignments, and other documents.

5. Pocket Charts

These classroom storage options are great for teachers and students alike. Pocket charts make excellent organizational tools. They are also ideal for displaying classroom responsibilities, managing behaviors, and making learning more hands-on and inherently fun. In addition, pocket charts are great for storing name tags, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, markers, and more, and are perfect for for keeping students’ supplies organized and within reach.

Organization takes practice. However, with the right products and implementation, staying on track and using time effectively can become an easily maintainable habit in your teaching routine. Start with these five organization basics to build your classroom management confidence, and to encourage and foster strong organizational skills in your students.