Welcome to day 3 of Back to School Teacher Week 2014! I am linking up with Blog Hoppin’ for WHY Wednesday.
Today is all about organization. Right now if you saw the piles in my classroom (the ones I hid from you in yesterday’s post) you would laugh in my face and tell me I need to READ posts about organization, not make them…..but I am getting there! The kids aren’t at school yet – that gives me some wiggle room with my messes right?
Here are my top 2 favorite organization tips.
I am sure these tips came from somewhere in the world of teachers/Pinterest/blogs-I can’t remember who created their brilliance, but I love them for it!
1. Math Bags/Tool Bags
These are pencil pouches – I grabbed a bunch for super cheap at a back to school sale about 2 years ago and they are still going strong! Inside the pouches are cubes, links, a dry erase marker, dice, and 2 teddy bear counters (for game pieces). The supplies could be whatever you need, or could change as your math games and lessons change.
The idea is that when students are playing a math game or working in a math station, they don’t have to wait in line to grab their needed materials, dig through the bins, keep having to go back, drop them on the floor and then tell you someone spilled, etc (you get the picture). They just grab a pouch and a game board if they need one and go!
All they need for the math games are the pouch! I just change out some supplies as needed, but really, what is in the picture is pretty standard and are good staples for their games. I usually use dot dice, but it depends on the skill (counting on, etc) and you can use what works for you!
2. Crayon cups. If you have students working in various areas around the room or use shared supplies, you should totally try crayon cups!
I have a bunch of these little cups on the shelf, and when students need crayons they take a cup and carry it to their workspace, then return it when they are done! No digging in crayon boxes or bins, no going back and forth for more, no saying someone took your green or no fair he has more than me, etc 🙂 It is wonderful and super easy!
The cups are actually playdoh containers! Somewhere in the past 4 or 5 years someone asked me if I wanted a huge bag of playdoh containers. Being the teacher hoarder that I am I accepted – and they now get put to good use! You could use Dixie cups or anything really though!
There you have it – those are my top 2 organization tips! What are yours? Link up and tell us!