Monday, March 21, 2011

The Clutter-Free Classroom Guide



CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE The Clutter-Free Guide to Organizing & Managing Your Classroom

For the past eight years I have presented workshops and worked 1:1 with teachers to help them better organize and manage their classrooms.

I have created an easy-to-read booklet that includes everything you need to create your own Clutter-Free Classroom™. Inside this valuable resource you will find an abundance of tips and ideas and real classroom photos. This is the same guide that I provide my clients and workshop participants with. It is full of information that will save you time and money while making you an organized, efficient teacher.

I suggest printing the file and placing it into a binder or folder using a 3-hole punch.This will provide you with a low cost, transportable, resource. You can easily take it to school and back home. You can write in it. You can add to it. You can store notes and clippings in the pockets. It's a great value!

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Why Be Clutter-Free........1
Top Reasons for Getting Organized

The Pep Talk...........2
Motivation for Getting Organized

SECTION ONE: THE CLEAN SWEEP
Plan Your Attack.....................................................4

Preparing to Unclutter Your Classroom

Go Time.................................................................5

The Process of Creating a Clean Slate

SECTION TWO: PREPARE THE SPACE
Classroom Design......................................................7

Setting Up the Physical Space
Layout......................................................................7

The Meeting Area......................................................9

Student Seating.....................................................11

The Teacher’s Office................................................14

Classroom Library...................................................17
Computers..............................................................20

Listening Centers....................................................21

Word Walls.............................................................21

White Boards / Chalk Boards...................................22

Make it Your Own...........................................23
Decorating and Personalizing Your Classroom

SECTION THREE: CREATING ORDER

Organizing “The Stuff”........................................29
Finding Homes and Systems for All of Your Things
Storage................................................................29
Supplies................................................................34
Pencils...................................................................35

Workbooks, Notebooks, and Journals.......................36

Materials and Manipulatives....................................37
Paper.....................................................................39
Tissues..................................................................40

Organizing “The Teacher”.......................................41
Becoming a Model of Neatness and Efficiency

Desk.......................................................................41
Resources...............................................................42

Lesson Plans......................................................................43
Grading..................................................................43
Communication......................................................44
Meetings.................................................................44

Computer Files........................................................45


Organizing “Students”............................................46
Encouraging Independence Within the Classroom

Tracking Students..................................................46
Expectations...........................................................47
Classwork...............................................................49

Supplies and Materials.............................................51
Homework..............................................................51

Communication Folders...........................................51
Mailboxes................................................................52
Procedures..............................................................53
Transitions..............................................................53

Classroom Jobs.......................................................54

Organizing “All of Those Other Random Things”.......55
Ideas for the Miscellaneous Parts of Being a Teacher

Conferences............................................................55

Field Trips...............................................................55

Book Orders............................................................56
Substitutes.............................................................57

Student Teachers...................................................58

New Students........................................................59
Birthdays...............................................................60
Dismissal................................................................60

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1 comment:

  1. i really enjoyed reading your guidelines.surely i will implement it too.thanx alot

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