A well-organized classroom means less stress for you and more time to educate students. Most teachers are already known for being organized, but when was the last time you thought about what worked and what didn’t in your classroom? The beginning of the school year is the perfect opportunity to become the ultimate organized teacher. Think of a classroom, where the students take responsibility for their own belongings and where everything has its place. With teaching, comes worksheets and a lot of paperwork; it’s part of the territory. There is no reason for papers, however, o be unorganized or laying in piles around the classroom. Binders are the first trick you can use in this direction. A simple three-ring binder will help you keep track of all that valuable paperwork. Have your students purchase a binder in the beginning of the school year and tell them to place it into their binder every time they receive a paper. Notes to or from parents, should be placed in an envelope and clipped to the front page of their binder. This will help keep important notes safe, secure and organized. Use three-ring binders for your valuable articles, lesson plans and teacher resources.

Ultimate organized classroom

Purchase large totes or boxes to store supplies, books, toys, holiday décor and any other item that is too large to fit into your binder. Label each tote or box appropriately so when you need it, it is easy to find – these are boxes which can also be used. Baskets and labels are other two options in order to create ultimate organized classroom. Place baskets in a specific spot in your classroom and label them appropriately such as, “homework”, “reading” or “papers to go home.” This will ensure you know where everything is, and teach the students responsibility for placing their papers in the correct basket. Label everything in your classroom. Label folders, binders, books, totes, boxes, cabinets and even the students’ desks. Specific items should be color coded. All reading folders are red, take home binders are white, teacher’s manuals and lessons are blue and so on. A huge part of keeping your classroom organized is to have activities, field trips and substitute information all prepared ahead of time and lessons. Absences can be very helpful – there will be a time when you’re too sick to come to school, but they should have no problem working with your students in case you have a substitute teacher folder already prepared. Clearly color code and label the folder, and keep it in a location where the substitute can easily find it. Provide a class list, fire drill information, office phone numbers, seating charts, daily schedule and a few lessons. Prepare lessons and activities at least one week in advance. Label and color code a folder with each day of the week on it, and in the folder, place your lesson for that day. Label a small tote with the specific day of the week and put your supplies into that in case supplies are too large to fit into the folder.