Tried it Tuesday - Organizational Tricks
Elementary AMC September 24, 2013
Hello again. It is Tuesday so it must be time to link up with Holly at the Fourth Grade Flipper for....
Today I just want to share a few organizational tricks that I have tried out this year that I have read about on other blogs or seen on Pinterest that are really working in my classroom.
1. Using face cleaning pads to clean off white boards/page protectors.
I first read about this over at the Collaboration Cuties blog this summer. After that I head out to The Dollar Tree and picked some up. I have some in a bin near our white boards and each student has one in their desk for...
2. Page protected calendar math. Each student has a calendar math sheet - double sides that looks like this.
It goes in a page protector and each morning we work on our number skills etc at the same time that some students are eating breakfast. I got this idea from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits and her amazing Rise and Shine Binders. I was very worried about this new breakfast program and the possibility of food spills and wasting paper on students who were eating and not completing the page but so far this is working out lovely!
3. Individual reading boxes. I got this idea from everyone!! I bought the magazine holders from Ikea and took pictures of my students reading for the labels - loving the boxes.
4. Color drawers. I got this idea from Tonya's Treats for Teachers. I decided back in June to group our class supplies by color baskets and have now gone to the drawer system. Loving the drawers - love, love, love! I am using the baskets I was first using for...
5. Group recycling baskets. I started using interactive notebooks this year and we produce a lot of paper that needs to be recycled. The getting up and recycling and paper on the floor was driving me a little bit bonkers. But I saw this idea every where online and had one of those - I am so stupid, why did I not think of that - moments. I put the baskets out in the middle of my groups when we are cutting out our awesome foldables and I Can statements :) and all of the extra paper pieces go in. No one is walking around and there is less (still some) paper on the floor. I do not have class jobs but a teacher of the day and this person is called on to dump them all or I usually have an early finisher and just a super sweet student empty them before I ask.
That is it 5 little tips or tricks I have tried that are really working out well in my classroom this year. Be sure to stop by Holly's amazing blog to see what else people are trying!!