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Organized Classroom

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

My name is Ms. Daisy. I have been teaching for 8 years with children aging from 2 years old to kindergarten.

So you are here because you need tips on how to keep your classroom organized.

  1. Classroom rules: At the beginning of the school year, you always have to make sure that you (the teacher) and the children make the classroom rules together. Children need to know that rules are set to keep them safe from harm. They should constantly stick with the rules and you should stick with the rules as well because it's for all in the classroom. This will help with the organization of the whole classroom setting (especially when observation comes).

  2. Clutter free environment: Make sure that your classroom is free of clutter (paper and furniture wise). Make sure you don't have a piles of paper lying everywhere around your classroom. This also includes putting children's work all over the classroom when it isn't needed. Don't be afraid to tell your director/principal that you don't need that furniture. Make sure not to have alot of furniture around your small classroom. Children need space to walk around and you don't want to bump into another teacher (if there are two).

  3. Routine: Children should have a classroom routine. Make sure that you review your daily schedule to children so that they know exactly what will happen in school. Encourage visuals for those children that are still struggling with what comes first when they arrived or in what they seem to be having difficulty remembering. Children need to know your expectations (what you want from them).

  4. Names everywhere: Children need to have a sense of belonging and responsibility. At the beginning of the school year (if they are 3K-K) take pictures and put their picture on things on their cubbies. I like to use the Insta camera where it prints the picture on demand. Also, print children's names on cubbies, coat hooks, book boxes, notebooks, family communication folders, workbooks, etc. Once they know what belongs to them then they know how to handle and be responsible for their own belongings. Try using a font that actually looks the same way you write like Comic Sans becasue the g and a can be different and could confuse the child. (As a teacher you can see how children try to do the a and g the latin font and then when asked what letter it is they weren't able to say if it's a or g).

  5. Labeling: The classroom should have a rich print environment. Labeling classroom supplies so children know where it belongs after using it. Labeling books based on levels. Label shelves toys, bins, furniture with pictures and words so children that can't read yet at least has a visual (picture).

  6. Planner: A planner or a calender reminder is very important and crucial (meaning it's very very important). A teacher planner can help you organize basically your teacher life. You can use to take attendance, write parent's phone numbers, you can write your schedule, track your children's birthday, and you can even put your to-do list. In my personal opinion I like the desk calendar because you can automatically see what you have on your calendar without having to open up your planner and you won't miss an important deadline.

These 6 classroom tips will help with organizing yourself a beautiful learning environment for you, the children and the teachers that work with you.

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