Okay friends, I really have to level with you for a moment before we delve into the topic at hand. I am a HUGE proponent of matching your storage materials to your classroom color scheme. I settled on bright colors nine years ago, and I have stuck with that basic color commitment ever since because I love it. It's so cheerful and lovely! Aside from a few themed activities like my Testing Tailgate, I intentionally do not let any primary colored items (aside from splashes of yellow) into my room. Maybe you aren't as sensitive to shades and color families as I am, but I am the kind of person who fixes pictures frames at restaurants when they are slightly crooked. I notice when a sconce is 1/8 of an inch higher than the matching sconce on the wall. I just have
If you look at the second photo, you can see how I stash some of my larger props at the top of the stack out of sight. I want them to be in a convenient location, but I don't want to see them. :)
Let's take a peek at some of the contents, shall we? I try to group similar items together according to reading strategies/purposes. The first tub is full of items I utilize when I am teaching visualization. The second container contains metacognition goodies. The third tub is stuffed with sticky notes I've collected from the Target Dollar Spot over the last few years. The fourth tub contains answer buzzers and the frames I use to label each answer choice to use with the buzzers. As you can see, they are not organized haphazardly. I can go over, grab the visualizing tub, and be ready to rock and roll in a small group instantly without wasting time digging through cupboards or sorting through objects.
Now I know that my post is all about organization, and I know that you are spending cash left and right as you prepare for the new school-year. I am willing to bet that plenty of people reading this have not bought a single thing for yourself. You might want a new skirt or bag, but you are stressing about buying it because you are spending money on setting up your classroom. I know that guilt well, so I want to offer a chance to win a gift card for Ann Taylor LOFT. I LOVE that "LOFT LOVES TEACHERS", and their style is perfect for the classroom. It's one of my favorite stores... partly for the pretty clothing... and partly because they know how to have a good sale! I am such a sale shopper, and they deliver on a regular basis. They also offer a teacher discount when you show your ID badge. (#winning) So, are you excited yet?! Enter to win below! The giveaway will end on August 2nd. In the meantime, let's get this party started!
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