Teacher organization comes in lots of shapes and sizes depending upon your classroom. Here’s an idea that probably will fit your classroom as it will help you with organizing teacher materials for each week and an entire quarter.
This idea surely isn’t new and you may already be doing it! In my teacher space I have a place that holds materials for the days to come for the current week.
I printed the days of the week in colors that I liked and cut them to fit on the front of a magazine file. I like the clean and simple look, but had to have a pop of color and fun font. I lay the magazine files down on their backs to make the things I store (books, papers, reminders) more easily accessible and are visible when the holders are at this angle.
organizing teacher materials for the week
I did laminate the paper before gluing it onto the front, so that way I can wipe it down (my teacher space does collect a lot of dust from being so close to the window and my computer) as needed.
organizing teacher materials for the quarter
And since I will print off things like our math prompts or gather materials ahead of time, I have an additional set of files below my teacher space that helps me keep stuff organized for the weeks to come in the quarter. These are also laid down on their side to make the best use of space and fit everything except really tall picture books.
The labels were taped down in front of the files, so I can easily see them while sitting in my chair and looking down. This system of keeping materials organized a head of time works for me, but I will admit since the weekly files below are new to me this year, I am still finding myself spending time thinking, “Now where would I have put that…?” until I sheepishly remember my new system.
Do you like using a system like this to help you keep materials organized, or are you more of a drawer person? Okay, its totally cool if you’re a pile person too! We all think and work differently! If you like what I do here on KindergartenWorks, then be sure to subscribe today. I look forward to sharing ideas with you weekly. – Leslie