Is your classroom messy? Do you have trouble finding items? I love organizing my classroom. I am always looking for the best teacher organization ideas. I love looking at how other teachers have organized their lessons and classrooms because teachers have the best organizational ideas. Check out these classroom organization ideas.
Below is a list curated from real teachers about how they organize their classrooms.
- Use a rolling drawer cart for photocopies.
- Use the 3 plastic drawers found at most home stores.
- Give papers back only on Fridays – this builds a routine with students and saves class time.
- Colour code all items by class or by period.
- Place photocopies in the order they will be used throughout the day. Use an upright file holder to help them stay organized and wrinkle free.
- Create a PowerPoint/Google slide for each class’/periods’ bell work, and flip to the slide when the bell rings.
- Use a learning management system like Google Classroom or Schoology if you are a 1:1 campus
- Use a coloured file folder for missing/absent work.
- Use a mailbox paper sorter to organize papers.
- Use hanging file folders to organize copies.
- Use a three drawer cart for each class – drawer one for copies, drawer two for work, and drawer three for returned work.
- Use a crate/plastic bin to collect each group’s work.
- Make a “To Grade” list on paper or Google Keep then cross off items as they are completed.
- Enter grades online once a week – set a specific date and time that you will do this. Do not schedule anything during this block of time. This will help you stay up to date.
- Keep class textbooks in separate piles.
- Use an expanding file folder to plan – label pockets with Monday to Friday, answer key, master copy and copies to make folder.
- Have students use a notebook for all their work, create a table of contents on the first few pages and collect it once a week to grade.
- Use a hanging file folder and label each day of the week, place absent work in the appropriate day for students to check and collect their work.
- Place a folder on the bulletin board labelled “Absent”.
- Place all extras in a bin and recycle after each grading period or completion of a unit.
- Scan a copy of each worksheet onto your website each day or use a digital table of contents to help students find missing work.
- Have students write their number at the top of the paper, in addition to their first and last name, to assist with grading.
- Create a chart in alphabetical order for homework with columns labelled Late, Not Done, and Complete.
- Place binder clipped paper stacks in large Ziploc freezer bags for safe storage.
- Use a three tier rolling cart from Ikea for student workbook storage.
- When bringing papers home to grade, ensure the container has a well sealing lid.
I hope these teacher organization ideas gave you some things to think about as you plan out your classroom space.