Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Organization Week to come!

I don't know about you, but during this time of year I start to take a breath and can finally find time to do some of those projects that have been in the back of my mind all year. As I am getting into my Spring Cleaning mode, I would love to have a week dedicated to sharing organization tips for the classroom.

So... I am declaring next week "Organization Week". I will post on certain topics in the morning and allow you to link up or leave comments with your ideas and tips. I would like to assign a certain topic to each day next week (Monday, March 29- Friday, April 1st). This is where I need your help. What would you like to see ideas and photos of? I have quite a few ideas floating through my brain, but I want to post about what YOU want to read about!

Here are some of the possibilities I've thought of:
  • reading groups, student records
  • student papers/notes to go home
  • math games and manipulatives
  • word work activities
  • materials for lessons
  • classroom/teacher libraries
  • organized storage closets
If you are interested, PLEASE leave me a comment to let me know what you want to read about. The more of you that respond, the better I can tailor this for my readers!

Thanks in advance for your help!
Mrs. Patton


♥ Owl in a Vowel Tree ♥ said...

Organization Week!! I cant wait!!! :) I would love to see your ideas on organizing worksheets. I have soooo many and feel so overwhelmed with them! Ideas like how to best group them, where..how to manage them once the ones that are filed are under control? Can you tell worksheets overwhelm me? :)

Ms.M said...

I'd love to link up the way I organize my daily work. This includes my worksheets, activity materials & homework.

I'd also really like to see how others organize their students work, ie: portfolios, work that goes home, student cubbies.

Ms. M

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Organizing is so fun! How about center organization? How you change/keep track of centers, what types of centers, things of that nature? I'm always interested to see how other teachers implement "center" time. Thanks!

Tracy said...

folders/work that goes home PLEASE! We are using a STAR binder...getting the students more responsible...need suggestions!

Camille said...

You must have been reading my mind. I have tons of things that overwhelm me.
1. I like to be prepared and have my copies made for student homework, word sorts, reading response activities, etc. Where do I store them without LOSING them? I am constantly making things and then I put something else on top of them and can't find them for a while.
2. Where do you put completed student work that you want to keep for your own records? My assessment binder is busting at the seams.

Thanks so much!

Rachelle said...

I would love to see how everyone organizes their centers after you use them? like...do you put them in bins, folders, bags, etc. And how do you categorize them? By math/reading topic or by month or theme?????

Carrie A said...

I would love to see organized closets and organized guided reading groups/supplies

Melissa said...

Fabulous idea! I need to do some spring cleaning!
I vote for math math games/manipulatives, woed work, and materials for daily lessons. Of course I'd love to peek into everyone's closets too (but I will not be sharing my train wreck of a closet!)
F is For First Grade

Randi said...

This sounds wonderful! I heart organization! I would love to see how others organize their binders of papers. Units, directions, craft projects, practice sheets etc...I have organized and reorganized these but I would love to know how others do it!

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Ms. Wilson said...

I would like to see how you organize and set up your writing mini lessons. I like the idea of having writer's workshop outside of daily 5. I have difficulty finding the time! What is your WOW word pocket chart?

Stephanie said...

Super awesome idea! I'm in and will be blogging :)



Kelly said...

Data collection...notebooks, papers, records, etc.

Busy Bee said...

I'd like ideas for storage of center games/file folders/baggie games. Also, I currently have binders and binders of idea sheets etc. Great idea!

Tracy said...

if anyone s willing to share i would LOVE to see organization of reading instruction...the what and when.
District is having "us" create ourselves...NOT FUN!

Chanty said...

All of your ideas sound great. In addition to that I would love to know how you organize all of your units. I have found so many great printables on websites, teacher blogs, the mailbox magazines, etc. but I'm not sure how to organize everything. I've even thought about taking apart my Mailbox books and putting them with the respective units because every time I start a unit I can't remember in which book I found a certain idea. So, I'd love to know how you organize your worksheets and your units. I am also interested in how you organize your classroom library. I've been collecting books for years and haven't decided how I what the best organizational idea would be so for now I've kept everything packed away in boxes.


Ms. King said...

I agree with others who need tips on how to organize copies! I'm super organized in my personal life, and it makes my skin crawl to see how my classroom looks sometimes. Haven't quite figured out how to make things "work for me" yet. I'd also love ideas on how to organize papers to grade, grading, and keeping a gradebook type of things straight. Every time report cards are due it looks like a windstorm hit!


Chrissy said...

Everything that belongs to me will need to be brought home at the end of the school year. For my husband's sanity, I need to find a way to organize it all, while keeping it ready to use in the fall!


Maryann said...

I can't wait to read all the great suggestions. After 32 years of teaching with the changes, work stations, kidwriting, guided reading, math work stations, large group and small group activities, computer lab, etc, I NEED SOME HELP!
Can't wait to check back to see the great organization tips!
Now I am ready for Spring cleaning!

Kimberly said...

I am staaaaarrugling with how to store all my center activities! I've thought about by season, month, skill, and then what to put them in? Please help!!

Brandy said...

To Chantelle: When you are teaching a particular unit, make a copy of all the pages you used from the magazines or other resources and place along with the unit. The next year, you already have that page to look at right in the file with everything else. I tore one Mailbox mag. apart and it didn't work out...for me at least. Because then I had pages that didn't go with the unit that I had to find homes. It was more work than just copying the pages I needed and sticking them in the files I already had created for each unit. Hope this helps.

PS-Looking forward to Organization Week. I LOVE all things organizational.