I am excited to announce that I’ll have my very own classroom in August. I shared a room with a colleague this past year and it was challenging. When you don’t have designated areas/stations and can’t leave anything in the room, organizational efforts and classroom policies/procedures suffer. That said, I am embarrassingly excited to organize my own classroom for next year. Our school has “white days”, “blue days”, and “green days”. All that really means is we have a block schedule.
- White days = Monday - Six 55 minute class periods
- Blue days = Tues/Thurs - Three 90 minute class periods (plus homeroom)
- Green days = Wed/Fri - Three 90 minute class periods (plus homeroom)
I went to the Container Store this week and while I think they’re generally overpriced I did find what I believe to be a good deal - $5.99/bin
I bought three bins in blue and three in green. One for each class. I hated collecting student work or having things left on my desk because it only added to the chaos of grading and trying to stay organized. New policy for next year - students shouldn’t ever hand me anything unless otherwise directed. Always place an assignment in the bin.
Speaking of classroom organization - I love this idea!
If a student was absent they know where to get their work, no questions asked. I think I’ll make a habit of writing down when the assignment was given and when it’s due on each paper assignment as well.
I’m three days into summer vacation and this is what I’m doing with my time… can’t say I’m surprised. I kind of love it!