Friday, August 10, 2012

Classroom Organization for Two

It's hard enough for one teacher to stay organized in a classroom.  Now put two teachers in a regular sized classroom with lots of prescriptive activities going on and be sure the students can juggle all their work.  This can be a challenge, but not with some simple, space saving organization.  Plus, keeping a collaborative classroom organized is very important for the sanity of the teachers and, especially for the students.  Here are some of our favorites, plus a few we're adding in to the mix.

Here is our Math Stations area. It consists of a cheap folding table from Walmart, a plastic table cloth from Dollar Tree, a re-purposed cubby box that was being thrown away by another teacher and a typical pocket chart.  Under the plastic table cloth is storage of all our math station actifvities, the cubby box will hold a variety of activities for Math station time, and the pocket chart will display station management. A three foot by one foot space in the classroom will house materials that will be used daily for ninety minutes.

Hanging file folders from Office Depot are hung from the dry erase board and store differentiated reader's response activities.  Another of these hanging file folders will be hung on the wall in the teacher area to hold activities that will be worked on at the teacher table during Guided Math.

 This year we are adding this mobile file into the mix.  It will be stored under the wall cubbies.  Students will use it to store ongoing projects, such as reader's response activities, research and writing pieces.  This will prevent important projects from being lost in a messy desk and will allow us to quickly thumb through the folders to monitor student progress

Is your desktop a mess?  Here is a cheap and easy way to organize your folders.  An inexpensive dish strainer is large enough to hold file folds and there is even a place to store your pens.

Happy organizing!

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