Friday, April 3, 2015

You Oughta Know Blog Hop...



Happy Saturday! It's time for the You Oughta Know Blog Hop by Buzzing with Mrs. McClain!
Today I will be sharing three tips for classroom organization. Stop laughing! I know I am probably NOT the teacher to be sharing classroom organization tips because as my favorite saying goes....."Never trust a teacher with a clean desk."

As I am beginning to settle into second grade, I am finding more time to organize my classroom after I've had a chance to do all of my planning and cleanup each week.

One day I walked into my closet and saw this. What's even more embarrassing is that I share my closet with my grade level partner next to me. Yikes. 
The funny thing is that I already had the container, I just needed to roll up my boarders. I was able to fit two layers of boards in this container. Much prettier, right? 
Now the closet looks like this. I feel so much calmer when things are organized and in place.
The next thing I want to show you is how I store my anchor charts. I learned this trick from a first grade teacher who I just admire so much for her clean, organized, well put together classroom. I asked her where she put her anchor charts and she showed me how she took a few shelves and stored them on the different levels.
Storing them this way actually helps me decide which charts I want to keep and which ones I can toss. I have hoarder tendencies and I am really starting to let go of keeping every.little.thing! Can I get an amen?!
I laminate the charts that I want to keep and fold them to put them on the shelves. This way really works for me.
The last tip I want to show you is organizing your classroom books using paint stirrers. My local home improvement store was willing to donate some as soon as I said that I am a teacher. How nice! This way of organizing my books has made it so easy for me to find books based on the month!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I would love to hear any of your classroom organization tips! This girl always has room for improvement!

5 comments:

  1. Love your tip for anchor charts! I'd have to get over the bending part, but SO much better than REMAKING the same chart when I couldn't find it that ONE stack! That's a great tip for the high shelves that shorties don't need daily, too. Thanks!!
    Debbi

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    1. Debbie, You know I actually didn't want to do this for the exact same reason!! I didn't want to bend them but then I saw some of my favorite bloggers who did it and saw how it looked on their blogs. They didn't look bad and I needed to make my classroom more organized. Whatever works for you!! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. AWW I am so proud of you for getting organized!!! I love that idea for organizing anchor charts, I would have to get over the bending part too though. I usually hang them with the clothes hangers that have clips but now that I am home and don't have a close to put them in they are a hot mess! Maybe I can find a few bins that are wide enough to fold them and put them inside :)

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

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  3. I loved reading your post! I have done MUCH better this year with organization. Thanks for sharing your tips to stay organized :-)

    Jasmine
    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

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  4. Love your organization. Just wondering what you keep your sentence strips in. Is this something you purchased somewhere? Thanks

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