If your classroom looks anything like mine this time of year, you might be thinking about getting more organized. Sure, you could wait until spring or next school year, but the following organizational tips are so super simple and quick, there is no reason to wait! A few small things can go a long way to making the last half of the year feel a lot more streamlined.
1.Re-label Your Storage: If you haven’t jumped on the ‘tote tray’ bandwagon yet, you should! Here is an idea to take it a step further. Try color-coding your storage labels. I put green labels on supplies that students may access at anytime, like pencils, erasers, and scrap paper. Sort of like a green light! Yellow labels are for supplies that students need to ask before getting into (scissors, glue, etc.) and red labels are for things that only I can get out for them.
2. Make Drying Rack Class Markers: I am always getting classes mixed up in the drying rack. Solving this issue is as easy as printing off and laminating a paper for each class. You can even color code them according to grade level. Once your students have placed all their work in the rack, it’s as easy as laying the right class label with the last papers. You’ll never get classes mixed up at the drying rack again.
3. Put Together a Sub Tub: I hate leaving lesson plans for subs! I never want them to work on our lessons, but I can’t bring myself to do free drawing days. The solution? The Sub Tub! Put together a folder with your daily schedule, numbers and names of important people around your building, seating charts, an outline of your classroom procedures, a simple evaluation for recording the behavior of each class, and couple developmentally appropriate, highly engaging one-day lesson plans with all the materials need to carry them out. Label it clearly and put it in an easily accessible spot. Those unexpected absences won’t make you scurry ever again!
Small tricks like these can turn you from frazzled to efficient in no time flat!
What are some other methods you use to “corral” art room clutter?
What else are you ‘color coding’ in your art room these days?