Thursday, June 14, 2012

Organization and Classroom Make-Over Update

 I was playing on Pinterest last night(like the addict that I am) and decided to review my School Ideas board.  While doing this I am across a pin for a desk top organizer from Miss Kindergarten and decided it was something I def. needed to do. 
I found this image on Pinterest but it belongs to Miss Kindergarten

Organization has always been a struggle for me despite my buddy Brooke's attempt to train me.  Anyways, I have a desk top storage file (from Target) I can use and plenty of file folders.  I love love love how she used rings to attach her lesson plans to the front.  Thanks to Miss Kindergarten for the idea. 

I found this at Target last year and loved it. I put notepads, my grader, and other items I use frequently in the front compartments.

I used binder clips to label my file folders.

I lost my planner in the move to my new classroom so I had to get a new one today.  I was going nuts without it.  I am sure I will find it now that I got a new one.  I also got a matching notebook.  Each new school year, I get a new notebook and take it with me to all my grade level meetings, faculty meetings, and workshops.  That way all my notes are in one place. 

I did work in my new classroom today.  I am still helping the teacher who lived in there last year remove all of her materials from the walls.  I did get my book baskets on my shelves, started putting away supplies, and arranging a little bit of furniture.  Check it out.
I "borrowed" this metal shelf from an empty classroom.  Don't tell!

My table and some storage.  My computer is on that counter behind the kidney table.  I plan on putting some of my supplies in the drawers under the counters and then putting classroom supplies in the other.  A co-worker of mine had a room like this one year.  She said she put a green sticker on the drawers that students were allowed to use and a red sticker on teacher drawers.  Or I could make a little curtain.  Have not decided yet.

My carpet will go in front of the board.  My Elmo will go on that little desk so I can sit and model.  There is storage for some Teacher Editions in that desk too.

All my desks.  Sorry it is blurry.  That ladder display is not mine.  Still working on getting it down.

My library center with a bunch of chairs in it.  I cover my books during the summer so they do not get as dusty.

I have a long way to go but I am excited about the small steps I made today!


  1. I love that organizer! I am doing everything that I can to get organized in the next few months, so I appreciate the tips. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. I have seen that organizer pinned MANY times... love it! Do you get to work in your room during summer months? I'm jealous, if so! What is with that ladder display? I assume the previous teacher had a purpose? What was it? lol

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

    1. We are very lucky because we get to work in our rooms a lot during the summer. Our school is open Monday-Thursday during summer. There are some days when we can't go when they are waxing the floors.
      As for the ladder, my school is a Leader in Me school. We model, teach, and practice the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. The ladder was her 7 Habits display. I think I am going to do a Habit Tree or something this year. Thanks for reading!

  3. I have trouble staying organized too. I start off so well at the beginning and slowly go down hill.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  4. I am working hard on organization this year, too. I am not a natural. My brain DOESN'T work like that. (and sometimes I'm glad it doesn't :))It has just never been a priority in my many years of teaching.

    I have made a few changes to some things, and I am seeing a benefit. Now, if things stay organized as the year goes on....

    Lifelong Learning

  5. You have been busy! Looks good :)

  6. Wow, you are really making some progress. Have you even breaked for summer? Haha! I so jealous that you can work in your classroom over the summer. We are not allowed in at all AND we had to haul all our personal stuff home including my classroom library and my personal bookshelves. I even had to take home my teacher chair! I can't wait to see what it looks like when it is all finished.

    The Teaching Thief

  7. Oh, and thanks for linking up on my More Teaching Blogs page. It was weird for me to see you under 3rd grade... I forgot :) Third grade is going to be great!

    The Teaching Thief

  8. Love the desk organizer! I got rid of my desk last year and without it I am definitely in need of something to hold my lesson plan and other folders. Thanks for the idea!

  9. Cute, cute, cute blog!! Love the polka dots! And the organizational post! I'm so in need. I'm your newest follower and can't wait to read more!
    The Caffeinated Classroom