How do you keep your classroom organized. I like the moniker that learning is “messy” and I not only subscribe to this figuratively for making mistakes, but literally as well. In my classroom we get dirty! We explore items, we use lots of manipulatives (as a primary grade teacher I feel this is invaluable.) So, then how do we create some organization out of the chaos?
I must admit I am not the best at developing organizational skills. I frequently struggle with finding quick, efficient methods to keep both myself and my kids more organized. It is not the lack of desire, it is more a lack of time.
Time is the most important thing to consider when you are creating an organizational system. Am I going to have time to actually do this during the day? Is this something I can do quickly while kids are present to make sure it stays organized? Finally, is there a way to get the kids to take ownership of the system so that it runs smoothly without you?
All of these things are important factors that I have in the past ignored when planning the organization of my classroom. From now on, for me (and I would suggest for anyone else who struggles with organization) to consider these very important questions when you are attempting to get organized.