Awesome Classroom Organization Ideas That Will Make Your Life Easier

Organization can truly make or break a successful classroom. When dealing with a group of people, especially children, organization can create more effective use of time and easier transitions. In unorganized classrooms, students and teachers spend time finding materials or explaining what to do rather than focusing on content. 

When students know routines and classrooms are organized, teachers can spend more time on the “meat” of teaching. With the demands placed on today’s teachers to provide rigorous instruction in a limited amount of time, classroom organization is key!

Organizing the physical space in a classroom helps students use materials effectively with ease. Here are some of my favorite classroom organization ideas. 

  •  Labeled bins are a necessity for small items such as math manipulatives. Students can then retrieve items and put them away with little intervention from the teacher. Label things like art supplies, construction paper, pencils, and other classroom tools. 
  • Book bins are also helpful, as teachers can organize reading materials by genre, reading level, or even seasonal themes. You can create a section of your classroom for books only with different types in different colored boxes. 
  • For individual desks or tables, frequently used materials should have specific homes. This way students can transition between activities easily and find the tools they need quickly. 
  • Use a colored filing system for your own supplies so you can easily find resources for your lessons when teaching. 
  • Create a substitute teacher bin. Store your sub plans and everything they will need in that. So if you ever need to take the day off, you know that everything is ready. 

If you are working in a blended classroom or distance learning there are some other classroom organization ideas that may be helpful to keep your class running smoothly. 

As many classrooms now operate at least partly in the virtual world, organization and routines are somewhat different than in previous years. Routines and classroom procedures are still of vital importance in order to keep the virtual or blended classroom operating smoothly. 

  • Online safety rules should be practiced by the class and reviewed frequently in order to avoid issues on the internet. Teachers can use a google slide to go over the rules frequently until students know them well.
  •  Daily calendar procedures can also be presented digitally, providing students with a routine that is organized and comfortable. 
  • For blended classrooms, social distancing rules are important for the physical organization of students and transitioning between areas. Hang easy to understand signs around the classroom as a visual reminder for students to keep their distance. Putting tape on the floor to mark spots students should stand on to keep their distance may also help. 

If you would like to prepare your blended classroom for an amazing year with routines, check out my  Distance Learning Back to School Bundle

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Using Google classroom, this bundle has everything you need to start the new year right. Social distancing rules are included, as well as virtual Meet the Teacher slides and online safety rules. Once your students are familiar with these routines, you’ll be set for a smooth year! 

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Organizing your classroom does require some prep work, but the benefits will last the entire year! What are your favorite classroom organization tips? Let me know in the comments!

If you want more tips for setting up your classroom, check out my post here on decoration ideas! 

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Check Out These Christmas Classroom Decorations

If you are like me, you love to look at what other teachers are doing in their schools and classrooms to keep the school looking joyful during the holidays! One of my sweet friends and very talented teacher authors, Jamie Knefely shared the Christmas hallways teachers created for the holidays at her school!  These will make your school hallways sing!

Door and Hall Christmas Decorations

This part of the hall is a traditional barn theme.

Christmas Door Decoration School Contest

reindeer Christmas door decorations

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Door Decoration

Christmas Decorations Farm Theme

Santa’s Workshop Door and Hallway Christmas Decorations.

Santa's Workshop Door Decoration Contest

Winter School Decorations

You and I both know that it would not be Christmas without the Grinch! Look at these amazing door and hall Christmas decorations for you school.
Grinch Christmas Decorations

How the Grinch Stole Christmas school Decorations

Dr. Seuss Grinch Christmas Decorations

Want to try something a little different this holiday season? Try out this Louisiana Cajun Christmas themed hallway!

Cajun Christmas School Hallway  Cajun Christmas Decorations

Cajun Christmas School Decorations

Cajun Christmas

Even though Frosty is a little deflated, the amazing wall, window and door Christmas display makes you feel like he will come back to life any day now!

Frosty the Snowman Door Decoration

Credits Teaching with Tidbits and More with Jamie

See this reindeer writing resource to create a great reindeer window display!

See MORE >>>  Christmas Door Decorations


 

School Holiday Door Decorating for Christmas Ideas

Our school asked us to decorate our door every year for the holidays.  For teachers, the holidays is not the time to usually ask us to do “extra” projects even if we enjoy the task.  It does make the school look festive though. To make it a little fun, the administration usually makes it into a contest so we can win gift cards for holiday shopping.  Here are a few holiday door decoration ideas!

Holiday Door and Display Decorations

Christmas Bulletin Board
by The Homeschool Style – Katie Ring
Let it Snow Door Decoration
by Teacher’s Brain – Cindy Martin 
Christmas Decoration Bulletin Board
by Allie P’s Practical Preschool

 

Snoopy Door Decoration
By Tammy Cleghorn “The kids loved that the lights actually lit up!”
Elfie Picture Holiday Door
by Instagram @misschloe91

If you haven’t seen Joey Udovich’s door designs, you are missing out! She has a ton of them for the whole year in her TpT store.  Here is an adorable holiday door design to Deck the Halls!

Image may contain: indoor, text that says 'DeÇK tHe HaLs WitH KINDNESS, RESPECT, PEACE LOVE & JOY!'

Winter Door Decoration
Don’t Have a Meltdown Keep Your Cool
Bear Cave Winter Door Decoration
by Debora Marines TeachMagically
Winter Door Decoration
Hoot Hoot Hooray Snow is on it’s Way
Simple Door Christmas Decoration
By Lisa Taylor Teaching the Stars

Doing writing with winter toppers is great for window decorations too!

Holiday door decorations can be fun, but what about the windows? These reindeer want ads were my favorite window display activity I did every year for the holidays.  Students learned about classified ads and practiced fine motor skills.

Find MORE Door Decorating Ideas HERE


 

Christmas Gift Craftivity or Bulletin Board for Kids

Paper Bag Gift Book

Making gifts for parents in the classroom is something I always struggled with as a teacher until I started making gift waffle books. They make a great decoration for the bulletin board and then, you can send them home for student o give to a parent or loved one as a gift for the holidays.

Here are the directions:

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You can even use wrapping paper on the front cover to make it look more like a gift with some fancy paper. Coupon books that promise rooms getting cleaned, massages or some other special action on the part of the student make a nice touch inside the gift bag book.  There are 10 different pull books to choose from for the holidays, birthday or even a blank template for students to create their own.

Bulletin Board Set

Add a cute title the a bulletin board to create a cute display for the holidays.  This helps serve two purposes… a display and a gift to send home! Parents love them and students enjoy creating the craft.  Place decorative bows on top for an extra special touch.

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Find the printables HERE.