Teachers learn from experience and from each other. You can often provide information to one another to be helpful and to stay focused on your main objective—providing students with the best education possible. And a good way to stay focused on the task at hand is to stay organized.
Here are some helpful tips from the teachers at Pensacola Christian Academy (PCA) on how to keep classrooms organized and free of clutter.
In lower grades, some of the teachers use mailbox bins, labeled with each student’s name, to distribute the day’s materials. Students check their mailboxes every morning, so they have the supplies they need at their desks. It helps to save time and keeps their things organized in one place.
Label drawers with each day of the week so all lesson plan material is filed into the drawers by the day of the week the lesson will taught. This allows for items to be stored together and easily accessible.
Pencil pouches are easily stored in three-ringed binders. Place small classroom display materials in the pouches for safekeeping. Those can be filed in the binders. Label the binders with the contents found inside.
Pass It Along
Teach students to pass their homework assignments down their seating rows. This helps to organize all assignments by the students’ seating arrangement. It also doubles in saving time on collecting all homework and classroom assignments.
The teachers of PCA spend the first few weeks of class teaching their students how to pull their seatwork. The teachers provide lesson plans for the week ahead, and each student must go through their workbooks and pull the correlating seatwork to the lesson plan. Taking the time to teach the students how to prepare ahead helps to save time, keep their desks organized, and keep the room free of clutter.
Summer Time Preparedness
An essential organizational skill among PCA teachers is utilizing the final weeks of summer to prepare the classroom. This allows for all focus to be spent on what is being taught instead of what needs to be done. For example, the teachers will create all of their visuals during the summer so time isn’t taken away from what is being taught.