It's Back to School Time...Time to Get Organized!
I'd like to think I'm an organized person.
But I'm not.
Well, at least not naturally. I definitely have to work at it!I have found that if I have a plan to get organized, I can stay organized. I get a little overwhelmed at times getting started though. That's why I've taken this summer to get on top of things. Well, one thing- MATH. I thought about what bothers me in my class, and one of the things that really bugs me is the stacks of papers I tend to collect. I know why I collect stacks, and it's not that I'm one of those people that has tons of piles, but knows where everything is. I just don't know what to do with the papers when I'm done with them, so I lay them in a stack. (No Judge Zone here, right?!)
Now, I will have no excuse! I have made binders, page dividers, and even hanging file tabs to help me create a place for everything. It was pretty easy, and I happily invested the time to make my year go much more smoothly! You know what they say,
I originally thought about just organizing by the TEKS, but in the end, it didn't seem like it would help make putting things in their proper home easy enough. I ended up organizing by skills. There were a lot of skills- 90 to be exact! I created a way to easily and inexpensively label all of my hanging files by skills. I even color-coded them so that related skills would be easy to find. But, I wanted to make sure that when I was finished with an activity, worksheet, or test, that I would put it back where it goes. I knew that the only way I would put it up was if it was quick and easy to do. Thus, I created the activity labels.
|Hanging File Tabs by TEKS & Skill|
|Activity Labeling System|
I was starting to feel better about my organization!
But, then I remembered that most of my papers go in binders, not files. :(Well, I had to get my binders organized and set up so that putting things back into the binders was painless. I created covers and spines for my binders, but then also created binder divider pages to go in the binders. I used the same 90 skills that I had used for my hanging files and created tabs to go on them so that my sections were easily accessible.
|Fat binders for my big categories and skinny binders for my little categories!|
|The page dividers have a lot of info on them, and the tabs are just made from mailing labels!|
If you're lucky enough to teach 4th grade math in Texas, you can just get my stuff that I've already created! Click here!