I love being organized, but have such a tough time with it. I move too fast, do too much, and don’t leave enough time to put things away at the end of the day. But I try. I love making things organized for my students, so I don’t have to waste class time passing out papers and materials, or getting work for absent students. Most of my organization tips I found from other people, and am even trying something new after reading the blog posts this week!
Plastic Grading Folder/Pocket:
I put all assessments that need to be graded in a clear plastic pocket. There is a hi-lighter and Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens in there for grading. This way I can take my grading with me to all of my children’s activities. The plastic pocket is durable so the papers don’t get messed up on the soccer field. 🙂
Student Math Numbers:
I give every student a number at the beginning of the year. They put this number on all of their graded work. It helps me quickly alphabetize the papers so I can enter them into the grade book.
I have two hanging file folders on the wall, one for each prep, that I label for each day of the week. I put extra handouts in there so if a student loses theirs, they can get another one. This is also great for tutors as they can see any work we’ve been doing.
I got this amazing idea from Sam Shah last year! I have one folder for each table.
- I put their handouts for the day in each folder so I don’t have to pass them out.
- They put work they need to return to me inside the folder.
- If a student is absent, then the next day any handouts they will need is inside their folder!
- I have Homework Responsibility sheets in there as well so they can fill out a sheet when they first come into the room if they didn’t do their homework.
- I also put their name (on a post-it) on the outside of each folder. This also serves as their seating chart. When I want to change seating, I just switch the post-its. It’s great for me bc I’m a very visual person, especially when arranging seating!
- I keep their folders on the table by the door, so the students get their table folder as they come in. But, if I want to change where a TEAM sits, I just put their folders on a different table before they come in.
I keep all supplies that students will need on a big shelf in the back. This way I don’t have to get them out and distribute each time!
I have not done this yet, but after reading Greta’s organization post and a slew of tweets I am going to try to use unit binders. I am hoping it will keep me more organized. I bought a box of 12 1 inch binders on Amazon for $27.00! But now the price has increased to $37.00!?