It is so important for a teacher to be organized and its even more important to teach our students to be organized. I have divided this section into two: Teacher Organization Ideas and Student Organization Ideas.

Teacher Organization IdeasGreat Idea for Small Group Tables: Storage and Seating all in one.


Teachers check out this website for useful organizational tip and strategies:

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Cassette player storage units were purchased from The Dollar Tree. They are actually shower caddies. Too cute!.
Listening Center
Books and cassette tapes are kept in clear Zip-Lock bags. The books on tape are stored in a two-tiered metal crate. Students choose books on tape and then select a numbered portable cassette player.

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Library Center
Students choose books from the classroom library to read independently

Writing Center
Students work on individual writing projects

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Self Selected Reading Center
Students choose books from the classroom library to read independently

Independent Learning Center
Students select and complete independent learning activities from the pocket

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Activity Boxes
Students choose activities from the red activity boxes during Independent Learning Centers.
Activity Pockets
Students choose phonics, language, or math activity pockets during Independent Learning Centers.

Classroom Organization

I am known for being extremely organized. So I have decided to share some of my organizational ideas for the classroom:
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I store my lesson plans in a 1 inch binder and stand it up on a stand. That way it keeps things from laying all over my desk.Click Here to Download My Lesson Plan Template
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This is how I organize my worksheets, lessons, etc. that I am using for that week. I purchased this at Lakeshore.
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I always like to stay planned ahead. So this is how I store my copies for the weeks to come. I bought these bins at Wal-mart. Each bin is labeled math, morning work, centers, etc.
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I put all the worksheets, activities, etc. I had for each unit in a 1 inch binder. It makes looking for things so much easier! It is also easy to store. You don't have to worry about all the file cabinet space.
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This is how I store my construction paper, writing paper, fancy paper, etc.
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This is how I organize all my files. I have a folder for each specific skill.
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I have these big drawers in my classroom. In order to keep little things organized I used plastic storage bins as separators. I actually used the bins that our math manipulatives came in.
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Here is a sneak peek into some of my desk drawers!
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I store each month's bulletin board items, unit activities, etc. in one of these big plastic bags. I took the shelf out of my cabinet in order to store them all standing up.
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I have these book holders for each of my units. They store the read aloud books or any student books that will be used during that unit. I got these book holders at Mardels.
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I have a bin for each of my math manipulative items. I purchased these bins at Mardels.Click Here to Download the Math Manipulative Labels
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I had my husband make these shelves to fit perfectly under my board. They store my student books and supplies.
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Here is a close up of the book bins and the supply bins. I got these bins at Lakeshore and they came four in a package.Click Here to Download the Supply Labels
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Here is a close up of the book bin leveling system that I use. All my student books are Accelerated Reader books. They are divided into the different tubs by their book level. I use a sticker and number system so the students know which bin to put their book back into.Click Here to Download the Book Bin Labels
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This is another shelf that I had my husband make. This holds different manipulatives, games, activities, etc. for different skills. This makes changing out center games so easy!
Hope you enjoyed looking at how I keep some things organized. If you have any questions on how I organize something, even if it wasn't something that I posed, please let me know! I'll keep adding more ideas!

Student Organization Ideas