Classroom Organization Tips for Teachers

One of the most exciting things you'll do as you begin your career in teaching is decorating your classroom. In the beginning of the school year, everything is perfectly organized and in its place. But as the semester progresses, it can be easy to lose track of things, making it difficult to find everything that you need when you need it. This is particularly true for elementary school teachers, who may have classrooms filled with art supplies in addition to the usual textbooks and papers. To keep your classroom organized throughout your career, use these helpful tips:

1. Innovate closet space
If your classroom comes with at least one closet, you're in luck! This is a great space for storage - that is, if you can make the most of it. If you are an elementary school teacher, consider separating items by subject rather than type. Clear plastic boxes are great for storing extra supplies because you can easily see what's inside (although you may want to add labels to save even more time). Clear over-the-door shoe organizers are another great way to store supplies while saving space.

2. Make a map
Before the new school year begins, it can be extremely helpful to draw out a map of your classroom. As you construct your layout, think about a way you can place the desks, tables and rugs so your day will be as efficient and organized as possible. Whether you teach young children or high schoolers, traffic patterns in the classroom are always something you need to take into account. If the room feels cluttered, it could lead to issues down the line.

3. Create a calendar
While many of us rely on the calendars in our smartphones to get through the day, sometimes having one on paper can be even more helpful when trying to stay organized. Before the school year begins, create a calendar for the entire year. Use it to keep notes about important dates, major themes you want to discuss in class or books and activities you think may be helpful. As ideas pop into your head, write them on the giant calendar - you can then refer back to it as you construct your lesson plans.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a non-profit, accredited, online university. WGU's Teachers College offers multiple online degree programs for current teachers or those looking to become teachers. To find out more, please visit www.wgu.edu/wisecareers_teachers

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