While I was teaching, I was often overwhelmed with parent calls or emails regarding a lost newsletter, permission slip, lunch menus, etc. I would often need to fumble through piles of “stuff” to find extra copies to send home. I found it so difficult to take the time to look for these items and felt irritated when I had to send ANOTHER important note/form home day after day, week after week because someone lost one. UGH!
Then one day, an idea hit me! I needed to designate an area just for parent communication and classroom organization.
I would call it…THE ORGANIZATION STATION!
This area would include extras of all notes/letters/forms that were sent home. Parents wouldn’t even need to contact me for an extra form – they would automatically know that I had an area designated in my classroom that contained extras of everything sent home. Parents could have their children grab whatever they needed and it would eliminate the extra work it created for me.
I found these great Martha Stewart wall pocket organizers from Staples. They are PERFECT for keeping all of those extra forms organized and accessible!
In addition to creating an area that included parent communication, I would also use this area to keep my homework folders, returned library books, papers that needed to be passed out or filed, my substitute teacher file, and even a place to hold papers that needed to be copied.
I would no longer need to search all over my room for these items, everything would be in one area and very easy to access!
WITH ALL OF THE DEMANDS AND RESPONSIBILITIES THAT TEACHERS HAVE ON A DAILY BASIS, CREATING AN ORGANIZED CLASSROOM IS SO IMPORTANT TO AN EFFECTIVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT…
Not only would my papers and important files be in one area, I would also keep all of my supplies in the same vicinity.
I used a cute cupcake stand to hold my supplies that I use on a daily basis! I LOVE this idea!
I also created coordinated Avery sticky tags to label all of those school supplies!
To make my vision of an Organization Station a reality, I created an editable chalkboard package of everything you would need to get your classroom completely organized!
I used the classic chalkboard pattern to use in my package. Not only is it clean looking, it is also very trendy!
In my ultimate organization package, you will receive:
1. Avery sticky labels 2×4 (editable)
2. Binder covers (editable)
3. Calendar months for labeling tubs
4. Editable fire, tornado, Shelter In Place, Lock Down drill charts
5. Hall, office, boy/girl bathroom passes, nurse, library, and two editable passes
6. Subjects/Days of the week labels
7. Editable multipurpose labels
8. Editable classroom newsletter
9. Editable homework template for students
10. Editable daily lesson plan template/subject template (perfect for substitutes)
11. Editable classroom welcome sign
12. Editable “note from the teacher” form
13. Editable class roster
So, if you are anything like me, having an attractive classroom is nice, but making sure it functions efficiently is a MUST! This cute, little package should do the trick!
The Organization Station Shopping Guide:
Chalkboard Organization Station Collection: Schoolgirl Style Shop
Turquoise, white, and black paper daises: Schoolgirl Style Shop
Photos courtesy of E.C. Campbell Photography in Rochester Hills, Michigan
Black crates, black and gray cubes, black/white paper trays, cupcake stand: Target
Monogram “R” from Hobby Lobby
White Martha Stewart wall pockets, chalkboards, binders: StaplesPin It