So...basically there isn't an easier or better way to say it....I'm pretty much anal retentive when it comes to organization in my classroom. I'm pretty particular about how things are organized, and I am always looking for ways to be more efficient, so here are a few organizational things that have helped me stay organized and SANE in a classroom of 20+ first graders! :)
TIP #1: Extra/Missing Crayon Organizer
Never hear, "But I don't have a (INSERT COLOR HERE)!" again.... When a student finds an unclaimed crayon on the floor, he or she automatically puts it in the crayon organizer (two 5-drawer sterilite containers from Wal-mart labeled with each color). Then when a student realizes he or she doesn't have a certain color, they know NOT to come and tell me! They go straight to the crayon organizer and pick out their missing color from the appropriate drawer. To the right I also have an organizer for extra glue tops and dry erase markers (when a marker or glue stick dries up, I take the top and put it in here) so when a student can't find a glue top, there are extras!
TIP #2: Individual Student Water Bottles
The school I was at previously was a brain-based learning school and they provided water bottles for all the students, because research shows that when the brain is sufficiently hydrated, students have better attention spans and are more productive and alert! The school I'm at now does not provide them, but I got so used to my kids having them every day and not having to get up and down to go to the water fountain that I just buy them myself now! The students fill their bottles up in the morning when they come in, and I send the bottles home with a parent to be washed on Fridays. Then the parent sends the bottles back to school on Monday! I got these blue bottles at Wal-mart for 98 cents apiece for my kids this past school year, but for this coming school year I found some cute green BPA free bottles at the Dollar Tree that I like even better for $1.00 apiece. LOVE THEM!
TIP #3: Organizing Computer Files
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