Monday, June 18, 2012

Organization Tips


Hey Everyone! I’m Michele from Run! Miss Nelson’s Got the Camera! I am so glad to be guest blogging today over here at Kindergarten Lifestyle. Thank you Jeannie for having me! Let’s talk organization. Naturally, I’m not a super organized person but I learned quickly as a teacher you kinda need to be organized. Thanks to many years of teaching, I’ve found some simple organization tips that have really helped me through the years. Let’s start with some of my MUST have supplies- Binders, Page Protectors, and Packing Tape.


Binders- They are great for organizing teaching units, lesson plans, and more. This year I have filled 4 huge binders with all of my favorite tpt/blog worksheets. Before this system, I had papers stuffed in filing cabinets and folders. It was one huge mess!  I am such a visual person so this system has been wonderful for me. Binders are not only a great way for teachers to stay organized but my students love them too! Each student has their own BEE binder. It keeps them so organized. To check out more on how I organize my BEE binders, click here.


Packing Tape- Have you seen this cute pin? I use so much packing tape. The best tip is to use packing tape for your Books on CD. I use packing tape to store all of my CDs for the Listening Station. Instead of using ziplock bags, you can tape the CD cover directly inside of the book. I usually tape it where the slot is facing up to prevent the CD from sliding out.


Page Protectors-They work wonders. The possibilities are endless and did you know you can still make copies even if the originals are in page protectors? I love page protectors as little cheat sheet necklaces. Here is a cute alphabet one. They are great for wearable signs and posters. My students love to be "green" by using them in my word work station with dry erase markers. You can also cut them and make them any size!

Do you have any great organizing tips? I'd love to know. Stop by my blog and leave me a tip. I'll pick one lucky winner to win 3 packs from my TPT store. Jeannie- Thanks again for having me! 






8 comments:

  1. I like the packing tape idea with the listening center books! I may try that!

    Caitlin
    Kindergarten Smiles

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  2. I use binders, too. I keep my files at home and binders with the things I actually use at school. I like the page protector necklaces! You are so smart to tape the CD inside the book..humm...
    Jennifer
    kindertrips

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  3. I LOVE the CD taped to the inside of the book covers! I NEED to go do that STAT! Thanks for the great idea:)


    We are ALL Special!

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  4. Great idea about the taping the cd into the book.

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  5. I teach 1/2 day K so time is always a HUGE factor for me (must be for all of us!). I have a paper/mail organizer that has 10 slots. As I get things ready for my centers for the week, I put it into folders in each slot. Each folder is named for the table/center it goes to. If I am super organized (ha) and I have stuff for the next week, it can go under the folder for that center. I'm very visual and I like to have it all laid out in front of me. If a center needs dice or something that won't fit into the folder, it goes into a little basket that I keep on top of the organizer. Thanks for your great ideas!
    ~Kathy
    dkkmdailey@aol.com

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  6. I'm new to not only Kindergarten, but to teaching! This summer as I get ready for my classroom, I stocked up on 24-28 piece puzzles at the Dollar Tree to use at the beginning of the year during the mass of one-on-one testing that is sure to occur. Forecasting that the pieces are going to get mixed up, I labeled each puzzle piece for each puzzle with an unique code. For instance, one of my spiderman puzzles is labeled P-A (P for puzzle and A for the first one I labeled). Each piece was numbered accordingly such as P-A-1, P-A-2, P-A-3, and so on. My inner geek is clearly coming out! Happy organizing!

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