January your challenge was your desk and your teacher planner/organizer. I am putting the finishing touches on my updated planner TODAY! :-)
I love reading blogs...not just teacher blogs. I like to read about...healthy recipes, home decorating ideas, fun trips, and of course blogs on how to be organized :-) One common thing that I found on some of my favorites was...have a command station. A landing place for everything! So, I figured...why not have a landing place for everything in my classroom?! Off to pinterest I went!!
I found this pin! What makes it even better...is it is from one of my good friends Miss Kindergarten!
I created my own teacher file! The files that I use inside are: To Copy, To File, To Laminate, To Make, To Send Home, and Next Week. I have a system for each of those files.
To Copy-As soon as I find something that I want to use, then I print one and put in this file. We have PLC/plan time every Wednesday. I copy everything that I need for the entire next week on Wednesday afternoon.
To File-I am very much a digital person. I keep most of my things on my computer...trying to eliminate...THE PILES! So, usually the stuff that needs filed are things that I receive from staff meetings or staff development.
To Laminate- I have parent volunteers that come throughout the week. I try to have something laminated and ready for them to cut out. I keep it in this file and turn it all in on either Monday or Thursday.
To Make- This file is more for patterns/art projects that need to be made.
To Send Home-This file gets used a TON :-) I send something home almost everyday!
Next Week-I keep printed plans from specific units that I use in here. For example, Deanna and Deedee's Reading units and writing units.
There are certain things that I use/deal with everyday. I needed a "home" for those things.
I love, love, love my Erin Condren calendar! I write everything on this calendar! Meetings, birthdays, volunteers, assemblies, etc. I want to be able to "SEE" what is going on that week. Do I write in 2 places...yup! I sure do! I keep it here AND in my personal planner!
Also from Erin Condren...is my desk pad!! I try to write my to do lists on here.
When I started to organize my desk area...I didn't change much at first. I was asking myself: where are the piles coming from? When are they coming?
When the kids come in first thing in the morning...I was getting notes from parents, lunch money, sight word lists ready to be tested, star reader notes, you name it!! LOL! So, I needed a place for the students to put things that they had for ME. Now, they know where everything goes!!
I also needed a place for their lunch boxes and their Friday Folders.
Their lunch boxes go in the bucket. Their Friday Folders go in the red crate. Now, most of my room is done in bright neon colors. EXCEPT for my desk area. I am a HUGE Husker fan and a friend made all of the cute crafty Husker things for me. I HAD to have them in my room. I know that it doesn't really "match" the rest of my room, but it's ok :-)
Inside of my desk! Now, this took some time. I had stuff in there that I hadn't touched in 10 years...seriously. So, I revamped my three drawers!!
Now for MY STUFF :-) I am a Diet Dr Pepper Junkie...I admit it...it's a problem in my life, but it is soooo good. I have gotten better about drinking water and THEN my Diet DP. I have my own refrigerator and microwave.
The mini drawers house all of my personal things. I basically have a little drawer for everything :-) For nail stuff, lip stuff, headache stuff, feminine stuff, lotions, sunglasses, EVERYTHING! I keep my water cup here. Also, my fabulous pencil sharpener that the kids are NOT allowed to use. A little cup for all of the paper clips that I take off everyday. I return these to our workroom every Friday. My stapler and my 3 hole puncher.
Behind my desk area I have a large shelf. I will be honest...this area is still a work in progress! BUT BELIEVE ME...it's better than what it was!
This is the home for my radio...I NEED music. I play it before school, during plan time, and after school, my daily organizers. I place all of the materials that I need for the day in those bins. The small chevron container houses all of my send home decodable readers. We usually have 5 or 6 ahead...so I wanted a place for those. The bright bins on the first shelf...those hold my guided reading books that are from our reading series. The 3 drawer bins on the next 2 shelves house materials that I need for small groups! I always make a "wish list" of all of these materials. I give it out at open house, conferences and include it in my newsletters :-)
HEY!! I was looking for that banana yesterday afternoon! DANG IT!! Sigh...oh well! :-) LOL! It is what it is, right?!
I also use an Erin Condren Lesson planner. I forgot to snap a few pictures of mine!! Oh no!! SORRY!! I accidentally left mine at school. I will try to snap a few and share on FB or Insta this week.
I really do like it! I haven't quite decided if I will get one again next year. :-)
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