Thursday, May 3, 2012

Organization Classroom Tour ~ May's Currently

     Well. . .  I will start out admitting that I have been MIA. I truly do LOVE reading all the awesome blogs out there. I read them everyday ~ it's my downtime, my inspiration, my encouragement. . . That said I also "plan" on being more consistent. I will say that my first year of teaching is almost over and my first bit of advice to ANY firs tear teacher is to just accept that the first year will be hard NO MATTER what you think!!!! (how's that for a long sentence)

May's Currently:
I LOVE that Farley from Oh' Boy Fourth Grade does this ~ it always pushes me out of my shell. The whole pageant title pushed me out of my shyness (my boyfriend helped me out . . . hopefully that's alright). 

     While I've been MIA I've been reevaluating how I function as a teacher. I realized that being ORGANIZED is essential and started working on my from to make manipulatives and resources more available to my students and myself. One of my ABSOLUTE favorite things to read on blogs is classroom setup / classroom organization. I LOVE IT! Without further ado this is my home away from home. I will be posting the rest of my classroom in the next several days.

I have two entrances to my classroom. One is on the left and the other on the right. This is the view you see when you walk in through the left entrance door. My crate seats were made by my grandpa and are in excellent condition after a year of second grade fun. I use my guided reading table for small group work and as my desk. My rule of thumb is that it has nothing on it at the beginning or at the end of the day. The blanket is a Dots candy blanket. My classroom is candy/primary colors themed. I am always cold so it comes in HANDY. 
This is another view. There is a linky I read about that was going around called "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly" (or something to that effect. That corner next to the filing cabinet is what I consider to be my "ugly" ~ mostly because I haven't quite decided what I want to do with the red bookcase. I amy move it to a different area of the classroom or give it away. One thing I've noticed is that teachers (or most of them) rarely can let things go. I want to be practical about what I keep in my classroom. I mean it is a classroom and is supposed to be a learning rich environment. I've gotten rid of several things and have been questioned on some of those decisions ~ but I still love the decisions I made. One of those things was my "traditional" teacher desk. Below you will see some of the things that allowed me to be completely fine (actually thrilled) to get rid of my desk).

another angle

Behind my small group table I have "book bins" for all the subjects I teach. They are labeled and they hold the current teaching manual, related papers, textbooks, and anything else I will use often while teaching that subject. It has been one of my favorite organizational tricks. 
In the subject bins I also keep a notebooks or such that I am modeling to my students and doing with them.

I saw this idea floating around Pinterest and decided I was going to make one. This thing was about $12 from Home Depot. I used avery full page labels (plain sticker sheets) to print my candy themed labels onto. If anyone would be interested I'm happy to share :) It took my a couple times to get the perfect size but I did! To purchase these labels go HERE!

These are my favorite drawers. I will only by them from Office Depot. They are awesome. Why you ask? They don't slide right out, yet if you push in both sides they come out nice and easy. I use a ton of these in my classroom. The blank yellow one needed a label but I hand;t quite decided what I wanted it to say yet. When I do I will simply go and type it up. The reason for the line is in case I just want to write it in Sharpie till I have time or REMEMBER to print it out. People I forget WAY to many things for an individual of my age. I'm a young teacher ~ I mean youngest faculty member, people always say I look to young. . . you get the picture.

This is the bookshelf I'm not in love with but I do love it is clutter free. Above the desk is my Mon-Fri drawers ~ love those. I also have an "extras" drawer. This is for those times I need a time filling worksheet, hidden picture fun sheet, quick craftivities, and things like that. I also have it in my mind as a back-up plan for a sub who has to much "extra" time. 

In the desk to the left I keep my to be graded system. You can read about that HERE. On the right side of the desk is my copy folder an basket. I will add a picture of my folder (I think it is so fun). I keep what needs to be copied in the folder o the left side. Once it is copied, it moves to the right side to be filed back in the correct place. The copies made to use are put in the basket. Once I get back to my room they get placed in their appropriate places. Except for the white stack you see that I didn't move due to being late to pick my kids up from Specials (or at least thats what I think).  Underneath the desk I have this awesome six drawer organizer that I use every single day. The labels tell it all.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour so far. I would love to hear of  any thought you all have. I love organization. I believe an organized classroom make the teacher more efficient. In turn the teacher has more time to focus on academic instruction.


Elizabeth said...

Found you on the Currently Linky. Your blog and classroom are precious! I love your labels-especially the one for you pens, highlighters, etc. Do you have those for sale?

Fun in Room 4B

oh' boy said...

so cute!!! love your blog and labels too... you should sell them!!!

Ashley said...

I just found you through the linky party as well. Your classroom looks organized to me! I love all the blue and red! Did you paint them or were they already that color? If you have a moment, stop by my blog. It is the last day of my giveaway!


Tania Knapp said...

WOW!! Your room looks fabulous :)
Your newest follower.
My Second Sense

Lori said...

Love the color scheme of your classroom! It looks so organized and you have so much storage!
Conversations in Literacy

Jill said...

Wow, please come to my room and help me out!!! I am a mess... haha!

Marvelous Multiagers!

Angela said...

Your classroom is AWESOME! I plan this summer is to find better organization strategies. Love your blog as well.

Rebecca said...

Great "Currently", cute classroom, sweet blog...I'm a new follower. Come by when you get a chance. Have a lovely weekend!

Bloggy Blessings,

The Teacher's Chatterbox

applesandabcs said...

Your room is so colorful! I love it!


Apples and ABC's

Beth Ann said...

Wow! I am super jealous of your classroom. It is gorgeous!
❀Beth Ann❀
Taming My Flock of Firsties

Kimberly said...

Your room is so organized! I hear ya about the extra hours of sleep. Oy...
Funky First Grade Fun

Jessica said...

Love your blog! I am your newest follower:) Stop by and visit me...

Katie said...

I found you through Farley's linky... and OMG your classroom is incredible. I think I'm jealous now. I'm your newest follower and can't wait to see more of your ideas. I'd love for you to check out my blog, too. I'm a brand new blogger and I'm having my first teeny-tiny giveaway tonight for a TpT gift certificate :)

Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

Melissa said...

I LOVE how organized your classroom is! I can only dream of being that put together. I agree with Farley, you should sell those labels. Stop by my blog if you get a chance!

Danielle said...

I am so envious of all your cabinets and counter space. My classroom is a hybrid (no counters and no storage cabinets, only a "closet" a little bigger than a linen closet). Great ideas!!

Twirlybird Teaching

Brittany Kielar said...

Ladies THANK YOU for all the love! It has taken me a very long time to realize the need to be this organized. It is still a work in progress!

Sweet Seconds

Brittany Kielar said...

I also must say when I saw that Farley posted a comment on my blog in th beginning stages I may . . . possibly. . . have done a happy dance! :)

Melissa said...

I found your blog through Farley! I LOVE your classroom! We have the same system for organizing weekly papers! :)

Check my blog out-

Courtney Long said...

Found you from the linky party! Your classroom looks great :)


Brittany Kielar said...

Thank you ladies! One of the best parts about getting comments is checking out everyone's blogs!

Cynthia said...

LOVE the pictures of your classroom. That's my favorite thing to see in blogs. I'm so excited, I just got a new camera yesterday so I'm planning on getting lots more pictures posted also. I'm your newest follower! :-)

2nd Grade Pad

twilliams said...

Wow! Your room looks awesome!! I so need to organize better!! I have been teaching for 27 years and unfortunately over the last several years my motivation for organizing has left me!
Now following your blog!


2nd Grade Pig Pen

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