I have found a new blog that I LOVE!!! If you haven't already, it is definitely a blog to join. Check out The Clutter Free Classroom. This is just what I need. Let me give you a little background into the reasoning why...
This past school year our school system found themselves with a NINE MILLION dollar deficit. Many people lost their jobs from the bottom all the way to the top. They also closed two schools and combined into one large campus. There were only two of the second grade teachers who got to remain in second grade. Thank goodness, I was one of the lucky two. However, I did have to move to the larger campus. Instead of 8 second grade classrooms, we now have eleven. You can just imagine the panic of so much fruitbasket turnover. Added on top of that, we were not able to work in our classrooms during the summer because of so much moving. (Not only 2 schools, but due to the fruitbasket turnover there were more classrooms that were moved, than those that got to stay.) We had FOUR days to unpack our classrooms, figure out how to arrange furniture, and get everything ready for students. (Actually 3 1/2 days due to Meet the Teacher Day.)
Okay, maybe that's TOO much background information (LOL)...ANYWAYS, that's why I was so glad to stumble across this website. I admit, it got to the point that things were shoved and hidden just to have my classroom presentable. We were just told that we will be remaining in these rooms next years and will still be teaching 2nd, so it's time to get serious and get things like they should be. We have 2 teacher workdays coming up (Friday and Monday) so I plan to do LOTS of work in my classroom. I'm SO excited!
With all the teachers who were new to the 2nd grade, I have been doing lots of organizing of our lessons, mapping, etc. to help them out. As I started doing this, I realized that it would help me be more organized to store my lesson plans like this:
I also made a shared folder that I placed on our school server for all the 2nd grade teachers to access as needed. It is divided into months and all subjects as well.
How do you get organized? I'm joining the Clutter-free Classroom Challenge. I'll be posting more soon!