Take a peek at 5 ideas for organizing teaching stuff. Organizing teaching materials, digital files, and worksheets will make each day run smoother. Don’t be harried! Get organized so you can enjoy teaching.
Organizing Teaching Materials
Idea #1 – Use Binders
Jordyn Pollard of Grade 5 Greatness uses binders to organize teaching materials. “I place all worksheets/lessons/papers for the topic into a binder,” she says. “I have a binder for every math topic that I teach. When I get to that topic, I simply pull out that binder. Extra copies left over from the previous year are inserted into the clear plastic sheet protectors. The front side of the sheet protector has the worksheet; turn it over to the back for the answer key. I find this works so much better than a filing cabinet.”
Idea #2 – Use a Stand-Alone Filing System
Do you have a class that’s hard to organize? Do you need to share materials with another adult in the room (paraprofessional, student teacher, co-teacher, etc.)? Try a stand-alone filing system. I use this handy file box for my math class. It helps me organize daily warm-ups, exit tickets, and assignments for two math groups, remediation and enrichment (ready if needed), standards checklists, and more. My paraprofessional and I can simply walk up and find what’s needed at a moment’s notice. It’s a lifesaver!
Organizing Digital Files
Idea #3 – Organize Your Desktop
What’s on your desktop? A rat’s nest of random documents? It’s time to get organized. First, create a folder for each subject you teach under Documents. In each of those folders, create additional folders for every topic (or standard) you teach. It won’t take long to reorganize your files, and you’ll be glad you did. No need to search your computer for lost files! You now know where to look.
Idea #4 – Use an Online Organizational Tool
Oodles of online organizational tools are available, but I like creating Google sites to store my materials. It’s free and easy to do. My colleagues and I organize our curricula on clickable tables.
We create a document for each major topic (as shown below) and link teacher-created materials below. Any online materials (videos, games, worksheets, etc.) that do not belong to us are linked to the page with hyperlinks.
Idea #5 – Store Worksheets in Drawers
Yes, I’m obsessed with these multi-drawer units! I stick two of them under the table adjacent to my desk. As soon as worksheets are copied, in they go. It’s simple! I just pull out the worksheets and distribute.
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