Organizational Tips That Keep Ms. Winter Sane

I am so excited to be apart of this Back to School Blog Hop!  I have teamed up with 50+ other teachers to share some amazing organizational and behavior management tips with you.  Check out my organizational tips below and enter the giveaway at the end of my post for lots of goodies :) 

 First, let's talk about student desks.  Now if your sweet babes are like mine, they may sometimes lack organizational skills for their desk.  And by lack organizational skills, I mean some days I peek in their desk and it looks like its the home of the Tasmanian Devil.

My kiddos always bring their own pencil box, but it is always overloaded with stuff.  I add these little baskets from the Dollar Tree to their desks.  I also use the clear sticky label pouches from the Target Dollar Spot to add a little reminder label for my kiddos.  The ONLY things I allow them to keep in these baskets are the items found on the labels.  This makes it so easy when we are doing a craft for them to just grab the whole basket! Pick up a FREE copy of the labels HERE!

Speaking of desks, I have always had an ongoing battle with keeping name tags on my desk all year long.  I've used contact paper. I tried velcro.  Nothing has proved to be a great solution.  This year I added magnets and keep them on the front of their desks. The kiddos can just glance down when they need to use their name tags as a resource, or they can take it off and easily put it back on.  
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Once your desks are nice and organized, your kiddos are ready to learn! I am a huge fan of anchor charts and my students love them too.  I had a long chalkboard in my room, so I covered it with butcher paper.  Then, I added binder clips on top of the board and hooked on binder rings to hold my anchor charts.  I love it because I keep my charts organized my subject on one set of rings, and it makes for an easy chart change! I of course had to add some burlap ribbon :) 

I also utilized some space above my anchor chart display! I bought 8x10 picture frames from the Dollar Tree and added a plain piece of white paper.  Viola! It becomes a whiteboard for me to write my daily targets for each subject.  

This last tip helps with classroom organization and behavior management! I have a "Reading Spots" board.  When the kiddos are completing their "Read to Self" or reading as an earlier finisher activity, they go to their spot in the room.  I change their names every couple days.  This way I don't have anyone fighting over my pillows or thinking they own a certain spot :)

I hope you've enjoyed some of my favorite organizational tips.  Enter below for this amazing Back to School Blog Hop GIVEAWAY!! Then hop on over to Ashley's Brainy Centers for some more great ideas :) 

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