As you may have noticed, I have had organization on the brain these days!!! So, you can imagine my delight when I saw that Mrs. Patton over at Patton's Patch was having a week-long linky party all about organization!(Side note: When I was nearing the end of my long and painful drive yesterday, I literally let go of the wheel and gave a silent cheer when I made it to the McDonalds that marked 1 hr left and my Shamrock Shake treat. In that moment I realized that I am THAT TEACHER who never turns off the classroom habits. I was glad that no one was in the car to witness and ridicule.)
Here's how I keep my materials organized:
Since I teach 5th grade, the smallish slots in this shelvy thing work fine--far less materials each day; mostly handouts, transparencies, and occassionally picture books. If I am doing a science lab or something that requires more materials, I will gather them all in a bin and slide it under my desk until we are ready for it. Counter space is rare in my classroom!!
Another tool I use to keep the Pile Monster away from my desk is this little 3 slot magazine file that I was lucky enough to stumble across...
Sometimes I make copies WAY in advance, like with EDM Study Links or my ISAT practice tests. I'm still looking for a system for these babies, since I don't want to lose a whole file drawer keeping them there. Right now, I stick them in baskets in one of my storage closets, but I'm not a big fan of this system...Suggestions? Ideas?