I'm sure most of you would probably agree, but teachers are the queens of organization. I thought I was super organized, and then I saw other blogs! Why is it that teachers love labels so much? :) Unfortunately, since my room isn't done and I took the day off from my classroom (yay, me!), I don't have any pictures to show how I organize. So instead, I'll type it out in an "organized" list!
1. Use a number system - This is one of my biggest tips in keeping organized. At the beginning of the year, assign a number to each student. This will save time of relabeling things in the beginning of each year. Everything in my room is numbered for the students: Popsicle sticks, files, mailboxes, book boxes, hooks for backpacks, etc. It makes it SO much easier!
2. File your papers by subject or topic - I have found it's easier to find things if they are filed away by topic. For example, in my filing cabinet, I have a section for reading. Within that section, I have "Main Idea," "Sequencing," etc. This makes it super easy for me to find my materials when I need them.
3. Binders - Keep binders for yourself! I have a main binder that holds my lesson plans, student information, and other materials. This helps me keep those important everyday things handy! Check out my TPT store for the one I made! I also have one for Guided Reading. This is where I keep my lessons, reading strategies, and data. It's convenient come meeting time to just grab the binder and go!
I think it is so important for teachers to stay organized and maintain a clean room. This not only helps them, but it sets a positive example for students!
Now, to jazz this up a little, I think we should have a giveaway. Leave a comment below with your favorite organizational tip and I will choose a winner by the end of the day tomorrow to win my Teacher Binder Pack! Sound good? Ready... Set... Go!!! ;)