If you’re a school teacher, then you understand the importance of keeping a well-organized classroom. Without organization, assignments tend to go missing, papers end up in one big pile and students bring along their own messes. The Vel-Perts™ are always looking for new and creative ways to stay organized. And with the school year right around the corner, we thought we would share some fun new ways to help keep your busy classroom in order.
Our Back to School Must-Haves
Accordion Folders – Accordion folders that feature 10 to 14 slots can be used to organize just about any type of paperwork. Use them to keep track of assignments, quizzes, activities, tests, and keep all of your classroom lecture notes in one place. This way, you always know where to find what you’re looking for.
In and Out Bins – In a hectic classroom, it can be easy for graded and new assignments to get mixed up on your desk. Rather than simply separating papers into two piles, create a set of in and out bins using stackable plastic baskets. Make sure one is labeled “In,” for students turning in assignments, the other you will use for placing papers that have been graded.
Create Your Own Post Office – For this project you will need to either purchase some cube shelving or create it yourself. If you choose to make this a DIY project, you can quickly construct cube shelving by using shoe boxes and cardboard dividers. The boxes can then be secured to a wall near your desk with a cube for each student. Use these mailboxes for individual notes to your students and any papers that need to be sent home with them. To hang the boxes on the wall, use sticky-back hook and loop tape. Simply cut the tape to length, place one section on the box and the matting section on the wall.
Create line markers on the floor – If you have a classroom full of younger students, you know how often you have them line up for activities. Leaving for the lunchroom, recess, on the way to Art or Gym class, it’s always, “Line up kids!” Reduce the chaos with markers on the floor that kids can line up on or next to. We’ve found that SPEEDWRAP® adhesive backed tape is ideal for floor marking. This sticky back, hook and loop tape comes in several colors and once the liner is removed, can be stuck to the floor. Use one color for boys and the other for girls. Or take this idea even further, and stick the kids names on the tape so they have their assigned order. Now, you’re ready for stress-free transitions in and out of the classroom.
Organizing Coats During The Winter – During colder months, students usually hang their coats in the first spot available. This is a bit unorganized and can slow things down when it comes time to go outside or home for the day. Place labels above your coat hangers to organize the coats in alphabetical order. Your students will now be able to hang their coats in the same place each day, which helps you get them out the door faster and with less fuss.
Reusable Labels – We suggest hook and loop dots for labels around the room, above doors or your newly organized coat hangers. One dot sticks to the wall, and the other on a plastic or laminated label. Create one label for every student or activity, and decorate with dry-erase markers. This makes swapping labels or names around easier, and less hassle when the time comes to welcome a whole new bunch of students or daily activities.
Organization with SPEEDWRAP® & VELCRO® Brand Fasteners
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