1.19.2014

Classroom Dis-Organization: Organizing My Classroom One Step at a Time

Classroom Disorganization: Organizing My Cluttered Classroom   {Follow my journey on www.traceeorman.com}

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It's no secret: my teacher's area in my classroom is a cluttered mess. No matter how many times I try to keep it straightened up, the stacks of books and piles of papers find their way back. It doesn't help that I have a hard time throwing things away. If I make too many copies of a handout there's no way I can pitch the extras. But I'm not the greatest (i.e. I'm probably the worst) about filing them back in a neatly organized cabinet or binder. Who am I kidding? There is no such thing as a "neatly organized cabinet or binder" in my classroom.

My method of organizing is stacking things in piles and dealing with the piles later. The problem with that is that "later" rarely comes. I have piles stacked in a corner from two school years ago waiting for "later."
Stacks of papers waiting to be filed... {Classroom Disorganization: Organizing My Classroom One Step at a Time}
One stack still waiting to be filed in my classroom.
They always say the first step is admitting you have a problem. So here I am. I have a problem.
Stacks of papers waiting to be filed... {Classroom Disorganization: Organizing My Classroom One Step at a Time}
Another stack waiting to be filed.
Ok, now you know my dirty little secret. (Which, by the way, isn't really a secret. I mean, all my students know and most of the staff members—especially the custodians—who have been in my room know, unless they happened to stop by when I shoved all my piles into my cabinets and drawers so my room "looked" clean. Then they may think I'm somewhat organized. Until they open a cabinet door looking for a game or costume to borrow and everything comes tumbling down upon them...)
If you open my closet door, something might fall out. {Classroom Disorganization: Organizing My Classroom One Step at a Time)
I should have a "Beware of Falling Objects" sign on my closet door.
I'll save the pictures of what the inside of my file cabinets and drawers look like for another post. And you won't want to miss what the inside of my podium looks like, either. But for now, let me show you one small step I took to become better organized. Or, just plain organized.

Labels! (I know it's a teeny, tiny baby step. But it's still a step in the right direction! Besides, I have made bigger steps but I'm saving those for another post. Seriously. I have. Kind of.)
Classroom Labels: First Step for Classroom Organization
Labels for my drawers, cabinets, and "Class of..." labels for organizing my photos.
Before I decided to make some cute zebra-print labels, I used plain labels and wrote on them. They were functional. Just kind of ugly. Let's face it: if something looks cute or at least more appealing and uniform, it makes it easier to keep it organized, right? You can download these EDITABLE Zebra labels for your own classroom (or wherever) use. (I also have Chevron and Owls.)

Classroom DisOrganization: Using New Uniform Labels to Organize My Work Area

So, that's the first step in my road to classroom organization recovery. Feel free to comment below with any tips for organization you may have. I'll continue to post about the steps I'm taking and maybe I can even utilize your tips! Next time, see how I tackled the mess on the counter behind my desk...

Classroom Disorganization: Tackling the Mess Behind My Desk.

It's scary...I know.

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I teach high school English in Illinois; enjoy family time, baseball, collecting PEZ dispensers, and talking about anything related to my favorite books. They include The Hunger Games trilogy, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Chaos Walking trilogy, and anything written by Amy Tan.

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