Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Clutter-Free Classroom Project: Week #9 Challenge

If you are just joining us, you'll want to start here or check out my Clutter-Free Guide to Organizing and Managing Your Classroom.

Your task for the next two weeks is to organize your math materials. I decided it would be best to break it down into two focus areas. Week one will be your manipulatives and games. Week 2 will be your teaching materials (resources, curriculum, printables, charts, etc).

Hmmm...I think my best advice for this would be to go through the steps I outlined for the classroom in general, but focus now specifically on all things math related.

Think about what manipulatives you really use and need. Decide which ones drive instruction and student learning and which ones are simply taking up space. I've got more tips coming, but first you need to purge and declutter so we can organize what's left.

On Friday, I'll put up the first Linky Party related to the Clutter-Free Classroom PROJECT. The Linky will be ongoing and you can always jump in and link up at anytime. If you don't have a blog you can respond to the prompt in the comment section on Friday's post. Below is this week's prompt. Keep these questions in mind as you take your pictures:

  • Show us how you store your math manipulatives?
  • Tell us about what you decided was simply taking up space and not helping teach math.
  • Share your tips for organizing your math supplies.
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