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Organized Teaching

Clean Slate, Fresh Start

Classroom Design, Organized Teaching, Planning

Ever need a “redo” in your life?  We’re lucky that we get a “redo” every new school year. One of my favorite things to “redo” is room arrangement.  For room arrangement I consider, traffic flow, work spaces, and teaching spaces. The room is always emptied every summer when the floors get scrubbed and waxed.  It’s a great time to consider room arrangement.  I consider what went well the previous year, and what needs to change.  There really is only one…

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The “Drive-Me-Crazy” Dalies

Organized Teaching

Ugh!  WHY, oh why haven’t I thought of these organizational systems earlier?! Missing Parts: This friendly container solves the problem of lost manipulatives, game pieces, and other ods and ends.  We just add lost things to this basket I take care of them when I have time!  It takes care of the “Mrs. Meacham, I found a _______, what should I do with it?” Turn It In Tina, Mrs. Meacham’s Mess, & Fix-It Fred: I can’t decide If I like Tina or Fred better.  I…

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Scholastic Book Clubs

Organized Teaching, Scholastic

I keep a dish/tub/bin full of my Scholastic Book Club resources.  Whenever I get something that is related to book clubs, I toss it into the dish/tub/bin. Download Scholastic Book Club Documents –  At the end of August, before school begins, I create the monthly “due back by” labels.  I keep these sheets in the plastic Ziploc baggie, along with the current and past months order forms, teacher inserts, coupons, student order form envelopes, bills, etc.   A stapler, stapler remover,…

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Student Supplies

Organized Teaching
Student Storage Boxes in a Flexible Seating Classroom

My classroom has tables, and I don’t like to store things on the tables, so we have storage boxes that I supply for students.  I bought these 3-drawer units from Wal-Mart.  I think Target has them too.  They were approximately $6 per unit.  I bought 6 units, enough for 18 students.  They fit nicely on the white shelving that you can buy and assemble yourself.  Each student’s box is labeled with their name and classroom number. 3-Shelf Vertical Stacker/Organizer  -or  3-Drawer…

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