Let’s talk organization today. I feel it is so important to be organized. It makes your classroom flow better and it is an important lifeskill for your students to learn. If you are a teacher, you have multiple jobs; facilitator, mediator, counselor, friend, nurse, manager, and many more. In order to wear all of those hats, it’s nice to have a few tricks under those hats to help you stay organized and keep your classroom run smoothly.
Organization of Student Supplies
I thought I would share how I organize my table jobs and store students supplies (scissors, glue, pens, etc.). First, let me tell you about my class. I have 20 students. There are five table groups, with four students in each group. Each group is a color (red, orange, green, blue and purple) to match a row on my meeting carpet. Here is a carpet similar to mine.
A colored dot is taped to the corner of each desk with the letter A, B, C or D on it.
Each letter coordinates to their table job. The table jobs are:
I rotate the clips every Monday, so my students have a different job each week. Each job has the following duties.
Table captain sits on the front square, on the carpet. They also go first with any table group activities we may have during that week.
Paper collector collects their tablemate’s papers and puts them in the turn-in basket. This helps to eliminate all 20 students trying to turn papers in at one time.
The supply person gets the table supply basket for their group. I have matching supply baskets for each table. Each table has a caddy, with matching colored scissors. The caddies also have dry-erase markers, facial scrub erasers, highlighters, glue sponges and sticks.
They also get the writing folders for their table. Writing folder baskets for each table are also color coordinated.
Recycling person gets the recycling basket for their table ($1 store color coordinated basket). When they are cutting out things and have scraps, they table puts the scraps in the bucket. When it is time to clean up, the recycling person dumps the bucket of scraps into the class recycling bin.
When the supply baskets are not being used, they are stored on the back counter. There you have it, my table jobs and supply storage. This is what works for me. You have to do what works for you and your class.