Today we’re going to talk about 5 simple back to school teacher hacks you’ll love.
When you have 20-30+ children in a classroom, it can be chaotic and not easy to keep organized. Knowing how busy you probably are, I’m not going to give you a million things to think about, but 5 easy hacks that will help you simplify your organization.
You don’t need to use up all of your space, just focus on keeping a clean and happy environment for you and your students
The following items are inexpensive and easy to put together.
#1. Organization Bins
Create bins for the following:
- Hand-In: Your students can put their work into this bin in the morning for you to mark so that you don’t have to constantly ask them for it and no one is running up to your desk first thing in the morning.
- Extra Work: Put in assignments for kids who need differentiated work. Your children can have a choice about working on the task that you give them or work on one that meets their individual needs
- Notices: At the end of the day, your kids can pick up notices from this bin and put it into their planner.
#2. Reading Books
Organize your reading books into genres or by type into different bins so that they’re easy for your children to find and put back. You’ll need to pre-teach how to organize them.
#3. Simple Boards
You don’t need to create beautiful and colourful boards. It’s okay to create them, but if you don’t have a lot of time, focus on making a clean and happy space than worrying about your boards. Put up borders and leave your boards neutral. Based on evidence, neutral boards are much more conducive to creating an ideal learning environment than when they’re surrounded by a lot of colour.
#4. File Folders
While it’s great to organize everything digitally, if your computer or printer, for any reason, stops working, it’s a good idea to have paper copies on hand as well. You can organize them by subject and term so that you aren’t always having to sift through pages of worksheets.
#5. Expectation Charts
No matter what grade you teach, put up your expectations for your children to see in visible spots so that they’re always reminded of them. If you have access to a lamination machine, get it laminated before you put it up so that it lasts for a few years.
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- The importance of these five simple back-to-school teacher hacks.
- 5 ways to organize your classroom by focusing on: organization bins, reading books, simple boards, file folders, and expectation charts.
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