Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Made It: Teaching Organizer

It's Monday again! Time to link up with Tara for Monday Made It

This past week I've been getting a head start on creating a couple things for my classroom. Once August hits everything happens so quickly and I always feel too rushed to create new things, so it's best for me to start in the summer. This little project didn't take long at all. 

 I created a cute little sign to hot glue on the front of my box, matching my Hollywood theme of course, and purchased these other supplies at Wal-Mart. I love this particular box because it isn't flimsy and can be carried from home to school and meetings and back again, a million and one times without breaking. I don't have to worry about shoving 3 huge notebooks in my teacher bag anymore! I have all the student information I need in one place that isn't a huge filing cabinet. 

I don't bother writing student names on folders until about 2-3 weeks into the school year. Rosters have a way of changing every. single. day. until about then, and it drives me bonkers when my student numbers aren't in ABC order. But after this time I do assign students each a number that corresponds with many other things in our class. At this time I do write their names of their folders. 

I have tried many ways in the past to keep track of my communication with parents, and this is by far the best I've found. I simply take a legal pad and tear off pages that are stapled to the left side of the folder. When I use up an entire page, I staple another page over it and keep recording. Inside the folder I keep important documents and forms. 

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  1. I teach 3rd grade in Wayland, MI

  2. What an easy way to keep everything handy and in one container!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  3. I like this easy way to keep all student information in one area. Thanks for the idea!

  4. hum. You have me thinking. One of the things on my to do list this summer is to come up with a better method for documenting student information; parent communication, behavior, incomplete homework, etc. I like this idea a lot. you ever take it home with you? I tend to take a lot back and forth from school, and can't decide whether to go with something like this, or a binder.

    Smack Dab in the Middle

  5. I teach 3rd grade in West Virginia. This is a wonderful way to keep student info all together.

  6. I teach 3rd grade in Florida. Great organizational tip.


  7. I used to have one of these things that I kept my own personal files in. I keep folders for the kids, but I just shove them in my file cabinet. I should probably get a box. I like how you have it organized, Mandy!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. I'm a fourth grade teacher in VA. Your literacy centers set and your teacher organizer both look amazing! I'm your newest follower!

    Beyond The Gradebook