Daily Materials Organization

March 27, 2011

Daily Materials Organization

March 27, 2011

Mrs. Patton over at Patton’s Patch is having the coolest, week-long linky party–all about organization!!

Today’s topic is organization of daily materials. This is something I have struggled with in the past and I have recently started a new system that works well for me.

Since I teach 4th/5th, the materials part isn’t too hard to manage…we have our materials fairly organized around the room and the students know where to access them and take charge in distributing and collecting them.

It’s the papers. Yikes. With multi-age ELL students with a huge variety of skills (I have students not yet reading all the way to students reading on grade level, in 5th grade) the papers can be the hardest to manage.

I ended up turning to files, as I could have many different papers stored in a filebox, without taking up too much space.

I am a reformed mad stacker of papers, I still go back to it sometimes :/

I got this filebox at Staples. It was pretty cheap ($12?) and has a neat little handle and, even better, cute little compartments to store teacherly things like…

My wicked cool highlighter and quintessential sticky notes…

And more important stuff. It actually comes in really handy if you travel with the whole filebox to the copier and find yourself needing to organize or make a note while waiting.

And then, there are the files themselves. They are color-sorted for the different days of the week. There are two spelling files for my different spelling groups. You might notice there isn’t a tab for math…

That’s in another whole filebox I posted about awhile back in Organizing Differentiated Math Work.

One more closeup of the files. That glow isn’t from the folders either, the tabs themselves are shaded to match the file folder…it just makes it easier for me to find things.

So, not every file gets filled every week. We do a ton of work on the laptops, as well as whiteboards (I try to be as green as I can be) but this has really helped me keep things sorted. I think, ideally, I could have even more folders to further separate the differentiated work in each subject. Perhaps this summer. 🙂

I am attaching the “Monday through Friday Files” sign below. If you haven’t already, you must stop by Patton’s Patch and check out the awesome organizational linky party! Thanks, Mrs. Patton!!

Monday through Friday Files

9 Comments

  • Mrs. Patton March 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Wow! I love that it is all together and easy to take to the copy room. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Colleen Patton
    Mrs. Patton’s Patch

  • Mrs. Magee March 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I love to organized with color! Love your files!

  • MrsKinne March 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Such a good idea! I am super excited for a week of organizational ideas. 🙂

  • Ms.M March 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I'm so sad I wont be able to take pictures until tomorrow. Must be an ELL teacher thing, I organize my file a lot like yours. I even use a file box! I'll post mine tomorrow. 🙂

    Ms. M
    http://www.msk1ell.blogspot.com

  • Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future! March 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I love the idea of the color files. Mine are all the same color and I still sometimes pull the wrong one. I like the bigger tabs too. I think I will have to update mine! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jenea
    http://www.seedsofnoledge.blogspot.com

  • Erin March 28, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I wish I could be this organized!!!

  • Ms. Morales April 17, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Thank you so much for this! I created mine 2 weeks ago and I love it!!!

  • Jen R. (The Teachers' Cauldron) October 10, 2011 at 1:20 am

    OMGosh! I'm addicted to organization! lol…I'm so excited abut the linky party! lol

  • Cajun Teacher November 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Wow!!! I need organization MORE than any other teacher you know…because I am an ADHD teacher!!! I try really hard all the time to keep myself organized, but a lot of times it doesn't work!!! This looks like something that could really help me out each week.

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