Monday, June 24, 2013

Classroom changes.....

Ahhhhh summer! A time to rest, relax, gain back some sanity.... over think all the things you need to do for NEXT year!  YIKES!! Yes, I'm not even a week out of school and I'm already stressing out over moving my classroom.  The last weeks of school were pretty hectic and room assignments for next year were given out rather last minute.  So.... this is what my current classroom now looks like...
I'm panicking a little on the inside just LOOKING at this picture! UGH! Anyway, this got me thinking, new room.... let's make some changes - ORGANIZATIONAL changes!  When it comes to organizing files on the computer, I am a ROCK STAR!  I have folders in folders in folders in folders and can tell you where every last piece of information can be found.  When it comes to my classroom and organizing not only my own stuff, but the math department stuff, and the resource stuff, and 4 grade levels worth of kiddo and teacher stuff.....well, let's just say I'm not exactly rocking out!  

I don't know about you, but when I need help with anything anymore I turn to pinterest!  Here are some fun organizational pieces that I have found on there!  None of these ideas are my own.  However, if you click on the picture, it will take you to pinterest where you can repin, and follow the original link :)
With 40 different kiddos at 4 different times of the day and 2 computer programs, this would have been SUPER handy!  I am in the process of making these really cool Log in cards for my kiddos for next year!
This one seemed like such a no-brainer to me, and yet, I have piles of paper all around that get mushed up when kiddos choose their color.  I will DEFINITELY be using this one next year!
Absolutely LOVE this idea.... pinned it last year and just haven't gotten around to it.  With the way I want to do station this year, this is a MUST!! Binder plus 3M hangy tags = super cheap and super easy.  I may do this with task cards too!
I have 3 of these bags that were given to me as gifts.  LOVE the idea of putting files in them.. 
May just need to make a trip to IKEA or the Container Store! Hmm.... and I need a color theme!
Again, with the way I am doing stations this year, and having computers as part of the rotation, THIS project will DEFINITELY be apart of my classroom.

As many various cards decks and games that I have... I absolutely LOVE this idea.  I will definitely be stopping by the Dollar store over the summer (btw Dollar tree, family dollar, big lots, etc.... all have AMAZING deals on organizational stuff!)
This is such a simple, yet adorable idea for bulletin boards - cheap too!  
I did take the plunge and make myself a planner this year.... I'm forcing myself to use it too! So far so good!
Okay, I'm feeling a little less stressed about my room now.  I'm sure you will hear all about my organizational transformation (HEY! A girl can dream!) this summer.   Oh, and check back in two weeks when I offer up some CCSS organizational help for each of you!  Tons of great time-savers to be shared!

Help a girl out! What are some of your favorite ways to organize?  Leave a comment below with a pin that you have tried or want to try  OR a great idea that you have used in the past! This girl can use all the help she can get!

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  1. So many cute ideas, so little time and money! I can't wait to see how things unfold for you! Now...if you could just come over here and organize my computer files...

  2. I really understand your stress. I found out a few days before school let out last year that I had to change rooms. At first, I was so upset, but it really was an opportunity to declutter, get rid of stuff, and get myself organized.

    I love all of your ideas! I look forward to seeing how your new room turns out! :)

  3. I love the idea for keeping ring cards in a binder! Genius! Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Change is good for the soul! You are starting with a clean slate in a new room and ready to implement NEW and inventive things!

  5. Those ideas are all SO cute and genius! I love those plastic contains to hold the erasers and glue, etc!

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