Some people say that they can work in organized chaos, but let me tell you that I am not one of those people. I must have a place for everything or everything ends up all over the place.
A few short years ago, I decided to make something I had seen floating around on Pinterest. This project was called the teacher toolbox. Ever since making it, I have been on a path to becoming an organized teacher! Prior to that, my room was a mess and I was tired of being disorganized. My teacher toolbox showed me the beauty of knowing where everything is. No more digging through my desk to find these odds and ends! Once I had put this together, I moved on to my next problem area.
I decided to tackle the random stacks that cluttered my tabletops. This led to me making some To-Do drawers. This is by far one of my most used bins in my classroom and really cut down the paper piles in my room. I used to lose master copies all the time. Now they go into this bin until I am ready to file them away where they belong. Same goes for items that need to be copied and graded. So easy!
Once I have my copies together for the upcoming week, I sort them into these weekly drawers. I love having everything I need for the day all inside one drawer. I also dedicated a drawer for substitute teachers. I put extra copies of work we didn’t get to, along with sub reference materials inside that bin.
These drawers were the perfect solution to a problem I kept running into. I love to have my copies ahead of time, but I noticed that often times those copies would end up being misplaced in the classroom. I needed a place to hold those copies until they were ready to be sorted into the upcoming week’s bin. This was the perfect solution!
This container has been a lifesaver. The middle drawer holds all the dull pencils and the top drawer holds all the sharp ones. I store brand new pencils in the bottom drawer so that I can sharpen them when I have time. The best thing about this system is that the kids take care of getting themselves a pencil without disrupting our lesson or other students.
This mini bin is perfectly sized for some other items that can’t fit in a teacher toolbox or large drawer bins. I have this one right by my desk.
This is what these bins look like in my classroom:
I have the majority of my bins along my back wall. They provide lots of extra storage, keep me organized, look great, and give our room a pop of color and cheer! It’s hard to imagine going back to how things used to be. My day is much smoother now and nearly no instructional time is wasted trying to track down resources. To me, that is priceless!
Maribel Sheehan is the blogger behind Learning in Wonderland. This is her 10th year in the classroom, and she is currently teaching 2nd grade in Arizona. Her area of expertise is in reading and teaching children who are learning a second language. Maribel loves to create a loving and welcoming environment for her students. You will find many resources in her TpT store that will make your classroom beautiful, organized, and functional. One of her goals with her resources is to save teachers time and energy. Maribel loves to share fun ideas, as well as time-saving tips and tricks on Instagram. You can also follow her on Facebook and Pinterest!