Welcome back to school, everyone! Our first day was today, Tuesday, with an early dismissal. That leaves me with a few minutes to share some of my classroom updates and organization strategies.
I’ve shared in the past that my kitchens are quite retro. I LOVE my metal cabinets, but they are original to the school. They were “updated” in the late 70’s to burnt orange, although my heat register stayed “60’s blue.”
All this to say, I am embracing my groovy colors with a 70’s owl theme. I happened on the border at Walmart for just $.99.
My information center has two three-tiered Sterlite drawer sets. One holds supplies and the other is labeled for students to turn in work. I do my best to never touch papers. I put them in a place for students to walk around and pick them up and designate a specific place for students to put them back. I am not a naturally organized person, so this procedure helps a lot.
The cute basket is actually a cell phone holding cell.
On the board I made owls to hold missing/no name papers. I took the owl images from a Google search, cropped off the feet in a Google drawing, and added the words. They were printed on sheets of card stock along with the labels for the turn in drawers.
I stapled a paper cup to the bulletin board to hold my colored pens. If a student is absent I write their name on the calendar in their class’s color. I have one above for MTSS block as well.
I made room for my favorite Seneca quote. I drew a cloud in a Google drawing which automatically makes a text box that I typed in. The trunk is freehand. The owl sticker matches my border perfectly, but is from the scrap booking section of Micheal’s.
I put magnet tape on the back of my remotes and eraser. The markers have a magnetic button taped to them with electrical tape. Keeping them on the ledge seems obvious, but I still misplace them, so magnets help.
I don’t bother passing out a syllabus because students don’t use them beyond the first day. Instead I make address labels with my contact information. On Friday I will check that the students have the sticker on a folder with their hall passes inside.
Our students do not carry planners, so I assign passes at the beginning of the term. Students may leave up to four times in a term or they may turn the passes in for extra credit. I obviously always allow a student to leave, but if it it becomes a problem and the passes are used I sometimes have them come in after school. Or, so I say. No one has ever used all of their passes. 🙂
I like to think that everyone’s classroom has a mess pile they just forget to photograph. This is just one of my little corners; there are at least a few more. The mixers are not back in the kitchens and neither are the microwaves. Here is mine… hopefully it starts a trend!
Take care of yourself this year!