Part of being an effective educator is reflecting on practice and pedagogy to enhance the learning of students. With being a reflective teacher comes assessing the physical space of the classroom. If you’ve been in my shoes, you know there is always room for better organization. Below, find 10+ tips, tricks, and tools I use to keep my flexible seating classroom organized!
With flexible seating, this cart is a necessity! With flexible seating in my classroom, students do not have desks to keep their resources in. This tool allows me to have just a few traditional desks in our classroom while still giving the students a place to keep their things. My students store all of their notebooks, folders, and composition books in these drawers.
Above each cart, I placed the student numbers for those who house their materials in that space. Then, I labeled each drawer with the materials to store inside. The accountability to keep these drawers tidy is also great because five students share each drawer. I took the wheels off of my cart and placed them on a countertop for easy access.
Need a place for all those word work tools? To store paper your students access often? To place art supplies and writing utensils? Look no further…this utility cart is awesome! With four baskets, this cart can be used to fit your needs. Some teachers use it to store word work tools like stamps, magnets, and sand. Others use it as a portable writing tool cart. Some teachers use it to store paints, brushes, water rinse cups, crayons, markers, scissors, and colored pencils. Make this cart work for you and know that it has the awesome ability to be wheeled to different literacy or math centers or to other useful areas of the classroom!
Organizing math center games was a nightmare for me…then I snagged these boxes! Within them, I store laminated math game boards, dice, playing cards, white board markers, and erasers. When I get ready for math centers, I just check the labels I have on these boxes and grab them off the shelf. Within each box, the necessities for the game inside are stored and students can easily access these boxes and quickly clean them up when centers are over. These boxes have been a major step in the right direction in my own classroom organization!
Flexible seating made me change some of my habits in the classroom. When I moved towards flexible seating, I got rid of my teacher desk and operate from all over the room instead of one area. I needed somewhere to store items like paper clips, stamps, post-it notes, binder clips, etc. I grabbed one of these 22 drawer storage systems, organized it with succulent labels, and then placed my items inside. Now, all of the adults in my classroom can access these desk supplies by visiting this storage cabinet!
These little storage boxes are magnetic and can stick to your classroom whiteboard or metal cabinet. Within them, store items like magnets, dry erase markers, erasers, post-it notes, or other tools your students or you may use at the whiteboard.
Do you have a metal cabinet in your classroom? Store items on the inside of the cabinet door to make space on the shelves inside the cabinet with these pockets. Things you may consider storing in these pockets: highlighters, coins, earbud headphones, and math manipulatives. These pockets are also great for the whiteboard or student desks and tables.
If you are looking to save room on a desktop, counter, or table, this wall mount organizer is a useful tool in the classroom. There are 5 areas for papers, lessons, and worksheets for the day and a space at the bottom of the organizer for items like pens, pencils, or post-its. Keep your tabletops organized by mounting this organizer on the wall!
Once you begin organizing your classroom materials into bins and boxes, you’ll want to label them for easy access and recognition. These labels are adhesive and can be placed on your bins and boxes to do just that!
Do your students use items like Legos? Plus-Plus blocks? Kinetic sand? These chests are perfect for storing these smaller items in your classroom in an organized way! The bins snap shut with secure latches and also have carrying handles to be easily transported around your classroom when necessary. This organizer is great for indoor recess activities!
Cords are a commonality around computers and laptops. Organize the cords around your device by using this little tool that grips to your tabletop and secures your cords and headphones. This tool is a great way to keep those cords you often need to access from falling behind the computer or onto the floor.
In my classroom, I have labeled many student items and classroom items with succulent labels and signs. Check them out…they come in blue and green AND mint and coral! They match the labels on the 22 drawer organizer with my classroom office supplies!
What tools do you use to stay organized in your classroom? What tips do you have? Do you have other ideas for the items listed here? Share in the comments!
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