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Okay, let's start with a vote...class, raise your hands if your summer is going by WAY to fast!  Ha ha! I know, I know...I can't see you, but I'm pretty sure that if I could, most of your hands would be up like mine. No matter how fast your summer is going, a true teacher can never seem to get enough information on the hot topic of classroom organization!  I know, that's an opinionated statement, but friends...I can't think of one teacher that would disagree!

Well, you're in luck!  I'm teaming up with some of my TpT/blogger besties to talk about and show you how you can start your school year off with a clear, ORGANIZED mind frame...and classroom!  Can I hear an AMEN?! ;)  

Okay, so what do I have to offer?  I'm going to walk you through some of my small group, large group, center, and teacher must-have organization that you would find in Room 309.  I'll break the sections down and only talk a little about it.  I am a visual type of gal, so the pictures will hopefully say it all...and each classroom functions differently, so you may want to use the following in a completely different way to best suit your individual classroom needs.  

**Please note, I will be providing a link under the pictures to take you directly to the products that I'm showing you if you're interested in getting organized like me! **

SMALL GROUP

This is something that I keep at my small group table.  I am a huge fan of white boards, and my kids LOVE using them whenever they get the chance.  I'm sure you can see the chipped edges on our white boards...yep, they have been "loved." :)

I always keep my comprehension dice, white boards, dry erase markers, erasers, and rulers in this caddy.  It can change, depending on what we're doing each day, but this seems to be a constant. 

PRODUCT LINK: Wire Storage Center

Here's another addition to my small group section. I can keep leveled activities, worksheets, student data, and so much more in this organizer.  You can see that I also keep red pens for student self-checking, highlighters, and writing utensils alongside for easy access.  My goal is to sit down and not have to get up for anything...my focus is on my kiddos. :)

PRODUCT LINK: Wire Secretary



Both of these items are from Really Good Stuff.  I'm a fan, as you will soon see! :) (PS: If you are from Really Good Stuff, I'll be waiting for my check in the mail...wink wink!)

LARGE GROUP

Moving on...
I LOVE these little caddies.  They have saved me so many headaches, I can't even begin to tell you!  I don't have my kids keep their glue, scissors, or highlighters in their desks.  If we are completing a group activity, the group captain is in charge of getting these little guys and keeping them filled with the right amount of contents before returning them to our shelves.  It really is GOOD STUFF! :)  I would also suggest adding colored pencils, crayons, or checking pens/pencils to them.  You decide...the possibilities are endless!!

  PRODUCT LINKFour-Compartment Caddies

Click HERE to download my cubbie labels for FREE!  Please note that there are labels for up to 7 groups with three "E" labels for my "Extra" bins.

CENTERS

From pocket charts to file folders...center storage is endless!  I'm just showing you a couple of things that have worked for me. :)

The first thing that I wanted to share with you is how I store and manage my best selling Interactive Writing Center.  You need to first know that I created this product so that the students could be completely INDEPENDENT, allowing the teacher to focus their attention on small group and one-to-one work.  Why is that important?  Well, everything that is needed to do that is located inside of these folders.  So the organization to this hanging file bin is critical to their success and also in the way that I manage their work.

I added peel and stick labels with coordinating colors, and if you notice in the very back of the first picture, you will see a tab that says "For Copying."  This is where I keep my blackline masters that I created. I never have to thumb through any of my other materials.  They're always there waiting for me!  It's the small things. :)

 *Simply click on one of these pictures to get a closer look at my Writing Center!*

I also have a "Spelling Station" in my classroom that I use with my Daily 5 routine.  I found these alphabet magnets (also from Really Good Stuff) that came in this super handy container that not only separates the letters perfectly, but they labeled it for my students!  Love it!  


FOR THE TEACHER

I can't talk about organization without talking about my Ultimate Teaching Binders.  TpT is flooded with them now, but I made these last spring and it truly was the best thing that I could have done!  I have not only cleared my own personal mental clutter, I have helped THOUSANDS of other teachers do the same thing.  You name it...it's most likely in here.  If it's not, you can use my editable files to create it, rename it, or make adjustments to it to fit your needs.  It's a MUST for my classroom.  I have eight different themes, but this is my most recent one.  To learn a little more about it, you can go to my shopmy blog post (and another blog post...more pictures!!), or my video tutorials.




I hope that that you took an idea from my post, or were at the very least to re-examine your classroom this year and get more organized than ever before!  I'm FINALLY getting to the best part of this post. As you clearly saw, I am a fan of Really Good Stuff teaching products.  In an effort to help you get organized, or to simply enjoy a shopping spree on me...I am giving away a $50 Really Good Stuff gift card so that you can kick start your school year with a little more cash in your pocket and a few more ideas to make you the best teacher that you can be! Woo hoo!!

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In ADDITION to my giveaway, I am teaming up with other 3rd-5th grade teachers for ONE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY!! ONE very lucky winner will really be starting off their school year on the right foot, because the will receive a packet full of our BEST SELLING RESOURCES for their classroom!  So don't you dare click anywhere but on my little Rafflecopter to join the back to school party!

THE RULES:
*This giveaway is open to teachers only in honor of Back to School time and to celebrate their hard work and dedication.  Thank you teachers!!

*The giveaway will end on August 2nd and two names will be drawn.  One name will be the winner of the $50 gift card and the other will be entered to win the Collaborative Giveaway.  Winner will be notified via email and announced on my Facebook page.

From my little blog to your little computer...I wish you ALL THE BEST in organization and sanity (ha!) in the upcoming school year. :)  Please stick around by following me.  I LOVE hearing from my virtual teaching buddies and hopefully inspiring a few of you along the way!



Be sure to check out my friends' blogs for MORE $50 giveaways and classroom inspiration!

266 comments:

  1. I love all your tips and photos, Joey! You obviously have a brightly colored and organized classroom! I LOVE it!!
    ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

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  2. This will be my first year in my own classroom, but last year I was a long-term sub in a 1st grade classroom at the beginning of the year. With 1st graders, it was all about practice, practice, practice! We practiced everything and it really payed off!

    P.S. I love all of your products and ideas!!

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  3. I make sure we practice every routine over and over so that the students understand what to do!

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  4. I like to have slides on my smartboard for the first day of school with all the procedures, activities, places to put supplies, etc. to keep me organized so I don't forget anything.

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  5. I so need to get better organized!

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  6. Routine and procedures, enough said!

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  7. I would love to be as organized as you.

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  8. Your tips were helpful. I need to write down every single thing I hope to do with the kids in very explicit detail for the first few days so I don't forget.

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  9. I'm a new follower and love all the great ideas!

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  10. I start introducing Daily 5 on the very first day!

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  11. Ok, now I really need the Really Good Stuff $50 gift card because EVERY single one of the items you just showed, I have to have. I love your teacher binders and can't wait to use mine this year. One thing that I find helpful is a take-home binder for the kids. I have one that goes home daily with their work and important papers. That would be really cool to have it coordinate with your binders too so it would all match up.

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  12. My tip - have a Book Box filled with 3 - 5 books/magazines that the kids can read during "Read to Self."

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  13. My parents order school supply packs that are delivered to my classroom before the students' first day. I always organize their supplies beforehand, so when they come in on the first day, everything is ready to go!

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  14. I do as much as I can before the school year starts! Organizing, copying, etc..

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  15. I love using color coded caddies for small groups. It keeps everything together in one place! :)

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  16. Routines and procedures and organization, and loving my students!!

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  17. I teach behavior students for grades 3-5. When they enter my room I have their behavior charts (attached to mini clip boards) hanging right inside the door on Command Hooks for them to grab and start their day (schedule checklist included) :)

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  18. I love your organizational teacher binder! That's my first purchase!!

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  19. I made a master list of everything I needed to copy, make/prep, buy, etc. for the beginning of the year. I was able to take care of a lot of things before the end of last year or over the summer to ease the pain of going back to school!! :) Took a LONG time to make, but so worth it!

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  20. The thing that helps me is making sure to teach procedures for EVERYTHING!!!! Then we model, model, and model some more!

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  21. My sub binder is a must! I include everything from a seating chart with pictures, to lesson plans, to procedures. Very helpful! I love the organizers you showed in this post. Very handy! Really Good Stuff is pretty amazing!

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  22. I like to have as much of the organizational materials prepared beforehand.

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  23. I stock up on snacks.. I get so used to grazing all day during the summer; it's a huge adjustment when I go back!

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  24. I revise my classroom management plan with all of my procedures and routines to make sure I'm up to speed on everything. rrm444 @ gmail.com

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  25. Each day after school, I make a list on paper of all the students in my class. I take note of which students I wrote down immediately, and which students came at the end of the list, or I had trouble remembering. The next day, I take special care to pay more attention to the students who didn't immediately jump out at me. What do they like? What are their strengths? What special talents do they have? etc.

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  26. I give a notebook to parents with a copy of our class schedule, class list, academic calendar, copy of standards, rubrics etc. For them to keep at home for quick reference.

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  27. I can use all the organizational tips I can get.

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  28. We practice, practice, practice. It saves so much time later on.

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  29. Thank you for all the great tips! I can't wait to try them out in my classroom this year.

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    1. I would not start the year out without my whole brain teaching 5 class rules. I swear by them!

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  30. I would start by overplanning for the first week...you never know what will happen that week!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  31. I plan with my team for the first day and it is all about organization and expectations.

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  32. I keep my running to-do list and check it each evening to see what I need to tackle and get it done.

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  33. I would definitely demonstrate to my students how I want their written work to be presented!
    hoshiko83@gmail.com

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  34. I never assume anything and practice, practice, practice! I love all of your organizational tips!!

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  35. Great tips and ideas! Thank you for all your tips and tricks!

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  36. At open house, I make sure that I have a line of communication set with parents. Since not all parents come to open house, I then make a list of the names of students I am still needing to get parent contact information from. I make it a goal to have a line of communication made within the first week with all of my student's parents. At the end of every day, I send out daily emails to all parents that are signed up on SIS letting them know what we did in class that day; it's very simple because I only have to write one generic email, and that will send out to all parents.

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  37. I try to establish and stick to routines!

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  38. What a bright classroom you must have!

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  39. Having all the copies I will need for the first week copied and sorted (by day) at the end of the previous school year. My first week is typically very similar each year, so I get everything I think I will need for that first week copied in June, then sort it into my Monday-Friday bins. When I come back to get ready for a new school year it is really nice to have all those copies ready to go for me!

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  40. I try to get ahead on my copying.

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  41. I'm setting up my binders for next school year. Thanks for all your creativity! LOVE IT!

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  42. One thing I do every year is to send a lot of things to the print shop before leaving school for the summer. My team and I decide what we need to start off the year and we send it in to the print shop, we get it back before school lets out and sort it. It really helps us be ready for the start of the year.

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  43. i overplan, overplan, overplan for those first few days.

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  44. You're ideas are a huge help for a first year teacher!! Thank you!

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  45. I hadn't seen your blog before this giveaway link and I am so glad I found it! I struggle most with organization and you have some excellent ideas!

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  46. First of all let me say that I am thrilled with this contest as it linked me to your site! I love your ideas and am now eager to get into the school to get started.
    I get my school year started smoothly by going in early and having all my open house materials ready to go...plus I always feel like my year gets off to a great start when I am more organized than the year before. After ten years you would think one of these years I would get it right! :)

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  47. I LOVE how you organize your small group supplies - heading out to Target to pick up a couple of those plastic divider folder thingamajigs today! :)

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  48. I plan for the unexpected! I use a check-off list to help me prepare.

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  49. My kids wear name badges with their id number to asset in the library, cafeteria and other places in the school and they are never ready in the first couple of weeks. I buy name badge holders from any office supply store and make my own and have them ready for the first day. I can re-use the tags every year and it helps things run smoothly until they get their badges.

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  50. I always create a back-to-school packet to send home to parents. I encourage parent/teacher communication and let them know all about how my classroom works. This gets you off on a good foot with parents which is key!

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  51. I teach the rules and we talk about them, act them out etc.

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  52. I make sure to get plenty of rest :-) Thanks for the great tips, Joey!

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  53. To make things easier, I print labels for the students to label their notebooks.

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  54. I reread, and reread and revise, and then reread again my first week lesson plans! I always over plan - but then I have activities that are left to do over the first month ready made!!

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  55. I love the supply baskets. I'll be adding that to my classroom!

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  56. Thank you!
    Tip: Have former students come back to help you do the mindless things -- labeling, folders, set up library, etc. They love it and you get a nice 90 minute straight rundown of their summers. :)

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  57. My biggest tip for a smooth start to the school year is being flexible and understanding when creating a schedule. As an ESL teacher I have to coordinate with teachers in k-6 to find time for pull-out and push-in groups. The year runs more smoothly as well if I remain understanding and flexible in my schedule!

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  58. practice, practice, practice for the daily routines

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  59. Label, label, label. It is important that there is a "home" for everything!!

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  60. Last year I took pictures of the various places in the room ie Turn Work, Mini supply crates, Character Count, etc. & created a power point so when discussing rules & procedures there was a visual of the area.

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  61. Prepping as much as I can before hand also helps me to have a smooth start in the beginning! Copies made, centers prepped, and lesson plans done! :)

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  62. I love all of your organization ideas! Can't wait to get to my new classroom and start getting organized!

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  63. I haven't looked through the Really Good Stuff catalog in a while, but obviously now I'll have to take a closer took. Thanks for the good ideas!

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  64. This year I will have my class library labels , leveled and ready to go day one with expectations from a great book The Book Whisperer. LOVE IT!

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  65. My mom visits from out of town for a few weeks before school starts and I always have a long to-do list waiting for her - things for back to school that need to be done, but don't have to be done by me. It helps to have things ready ahead of time and I always feel better when I can cross things off my list! My mom is always a big help!

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  66. I simply try to get to the copy machine before the "crowd!"

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  67. Having a plan and organization is key!

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  68. I made copies for the first couple of days before I left for the summer! This is the first year I've done this so I'm hoping it makes for a smooth start!

    Rachel
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  69. Having copies made before I leave for the summer is a huge help for me. Getting plenty of sleep those first few days back is also a must!!!

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  70. this summer I reorganized all my school files/folders on the computer, going to make the school year run so much smoother!

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  71. Planning collaboratively with my team...great to share the workload with others so that we can all have a successful start!

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  72. MODEL! That's my tip, show by example how you want everything to be organized and completed. Plus, a place for everything! No questions about where anything goes.

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  73. I plan out all my procedures and routines and write them out!

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  74. I am moving from 3rd to 2nd and from desks to tables. So figuring out how I want to organize student supplies, notebooks, etc. will be my biggest challenge.

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  75. I use free paint colors to label everything.

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  76. One thing that has kept me organized is having an after school checklist and routine. That way I know I have everything ready to go for the next day and don't have to rush around in the morning if I'm running late.

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  77. Don't get too attached to the way things are organized before students come into the classroom! Make sure you're willing to be flexible and organize in a way that's easy for students to access and frees up time in the classroom.

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  78. I have to have a written To Do list at all times. I use a white board so it can be updated all the time!

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  79. As a beginning teacher, staying organized and having a plan (yet being flexible) are essential for me.

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  80. I'm beginning at a new school so, being organized is key. I am going from teaching 3rd to teaching 4th; thankfully all ELA; however, with wedding planning & changing schools- beginning overwhelmed is just not an option. So, I'm going in early and beginning to organize, organize, and organize from the get go. Making sure everything has a home, and I know how and where I want everything. I LOVE your Really GREAT stuff products; and could use them greatly for organization!

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  81. Staying consistent & repeat, repeat,repeat....wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

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  82. Stay organized and plan ahead!
    Julie

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  83. Planning with your team! That way you can be consistent in the grade level and able to get some inspiration from others.
    Steph
    Simple Insights

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  84. Color coding is my favorite thing!

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  85. I love your centers organization.

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  86. I think my trick is just to get in your classroom and start preparing as soon as the school lets you : )

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  87. I get the emails of my parents from the teacher they had before me and send home a welcoming email with supply list, classroom contract, information on me, and what the new year will look like. For those that I do not yet have an email for, I send the same information my mail.

    Debbie

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  88. I color code my groups so it could be easy to identify them.

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  89. This will be my first year teaching. Thanks for the tips!

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  90. Thank you for the tips. Getting with co-teachers are a must.

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  91. I'm looking forward to following you. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

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  92. Thanks for the great organizational ideas!! Much needed :)

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  93. I always have at least the first two weeks planned for the year! That way I can focus on all of the little things during my planning periods & not spend 3 extra hours in my room every day!

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  94. Great ideas! I'm most looking forward to checking out your different binders. This is an area where I need to get much more organized. Thanks.

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  95. I spend a LOT of time getting my students to know the rules and routines of the room. We practice and practice and practice. This has always been a huge help to keep the school year running smoothly.

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  96. I always need to work extra hours to get organized.

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  97. I love your products and you always have practical advice. Thanks so much!!

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  98. Be as prepared as you can possibly be for whatever may happen.

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  99. At parent night I like to have clothespins with all my students' names already on them. I ask parents to attach them to the right transportation choice on my pre-made board. Then, I can see by the clothespins leftover who I need to call and confirm with before school starts.

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  100. Thank you for the small group organization tips. I always review and rethink my classroom procedures so that I am ready to teach them that first week of school.

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  101. Create a system to maintain all copies to be used each day of the week. Prepare copies 2-3 weeks in advance.

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  102. Hi! Love these ideas! I love to get into my empty room and draw a diagram of where everything is going to be. I also like to do a year long plan, and include any themes and holidays, since I teach older grades it is a bit harder to incorporate these things!

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  103. Relax, organize and look forward to getting to know the kids!

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  104. I work hard to prepare detailed lesson plans on the books for my small groups. Then, I reuse the lessons, adding additional details, not using items that won't work with certain students, etc., with ease.

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  105. I love how fabulously organized you are! Your small group set up is my next copy-from-someone-else project. :)

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  106. Getting an early start! I work really hard during the summer to prepare things for my classroom. It's already stressful enough starting, so this helps cut the stress down a bit. :)

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  107. My tip is to have lots of activities planned even though you may not get to all of them. You want to build a relationship with your students before you can attempt to teach them anything. And you can get to know them rules and procedures too....just make them interactive.

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  108. I love to use the book STAY A True Story of Ten Dogs. It's a very good book and it's an opportunity for you to discuss just how special each student is.

    Tammy DeShaw
    The Owl Teacher

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  109. I love all your organizers from Really Good Stuff! I might have to order some of those soon.

    I'm new to the blogging world. Check out my blog:
    http://thepawsitivepencil.blogspot.com/

    Katie

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  110. Get to know the kids! Everything else is easy once you do that!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

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  111. I have a powerpoint that has all our procedures with pictures. It helps me to make sure we've covered them all the first few weeks of school. I also make sure my paperwork and planning is done at the end of the school year, or I spread it out in small bits over the summer so it is not overwhelming at Back to School time. :)

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  112. Taking things slow and giving plenty of time for each activity is crucial to teaching students what your expectations are for the year. I remind myself to never rush through anything. Little ones need a lot of reinforcement and practice... and lots of patience and love.

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  113. I love Really Good Stuff! So many good things there for organization. Tip for back to school: MODEL MODEL MODEL........they so need to see it to get it.

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  114. I am creating a power point to share on the first day of school so that I can introduce my classroom procedures to my students. I also send home a welcome packet to parents on the first day and I award students for bringing back parent signatures on the packets. Thanks for your great tips!

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  115. Organization is what I set out to do before each year begins. Not so good at it all the time. :)

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  116. You guys are awesome! Organization is probably my middle name!!!

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  117. I absolutely love your organization for small groups and all the bins you have. This is such a great motivator.

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  118. I spend time practicing both the correct and incorrect ways to perform all of my classroom routines. We do this for the entire first week and it sets the expectations for the year.

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  119. make sure I am not working on my classroom the weekend before school start, arrive early the first day and over plan.

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  120. I make my own plan book and have it spiral bound at FedEx. I use it all year!

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  121. One small thing is to fill in my calendar with all important dates- new school year calendar posted on school website by end of year and then we get info on various dates for the whole year.

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  122. I create a label for each child, and put it on workbooks, folders, binders anything that needs their name!

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  123. Being organized starts my school year off smoothly.

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  124. Trying to start early & have a plan!

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  125. I practice routines from the get-go and try to overplan with fun mixed in with easy assessing.

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  126. Starting early and having a plan!!!!

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  127. Color coding. Reading is red. Math is blue. Science is green. Social studies is purple. Writing and Language Arts is yellow. That means folders, spiral notebooks, turn in folders, extra paper boxes, etc. Makes it easy for me and for the students.

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  128. I have a document that has the procedures and things I want to talk about typed out, so I can remember what I need to do. It helps alot.

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  129. I have table buckets too--hadn't numbered them before so thanks for the numbers! Last year on Pinterest I saw that a teacher used small colored circle stickers to identify which basket the item came from. It takes some time but it worked like a charm. One tip I learned from last year was that most of my table supplies--markers, colored pencils, pencils, highlighters, were done by January so this year I'm buying extras at back to school sales.

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  130. Procedures and organization is necessary. Thank you.

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  131. I will be beginning my 2nd year teaching. so I am still gathering ideas for a smooth start…. definitely working on the organization. thanks for all the great ideas!

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  132. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I always prepare extras of everything I give to students at the beginning of the year. This helps when new students come in!

    Ms. King's Kinders

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  133. Oh. My. Goodness.! Am I ever glad that I checked out your blog! Absolutely LOVE all of your wonderful ideas, and I'm going to use them. Starting NOW!! Thank you, Thank you!! Hmmm....my tip for the beginning of the year....to take the time to get to really know my kids and form a relationship :)

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  134. Everything has a home! I teach my kids this ASAP

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  136. Getting procedures down and practicing them is very important.

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  137. Procedures, procedures, and more procedures! I also have my students "design" their own classroom within their groups on day one, and as a whole class we come up with our rules. This has been successful because I can always just point to the rule poster that each one signs if they are not making smart choices. :-)

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  138. I have a file (both a physical one and one on my computer) that has all my first week activities in it. I update it every year, and it's ready to go.

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  139. I have to have a guided lesson plan for the first and second day of school! It truly helps me stay on task. Last year was my first year teaching and I was so happy to have done that!

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  140. Working a little each day that I have time this summer to get my teacher binder ready will alleviate some stress the first week of school.

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  141. Love how you organize your baskets and worksheets for guided reading/small group work. Definitely just gave me some ideas for how to make my small group time more efficient. Thanks for sharing and love the blog!

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  142. I love your ideas and creativity! I am a new teacher and am reading, The First days of School, by Harry Wong, and Angela Watson's The Cornerstone for Teachers.....being prepared, organized, and writing down precisely what you expect your students to do is a must!

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  143. I am putting together supply caddies for my students right now! Thank you so much for the free lables!!

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  144. Love what I have seen on your blog and checked out your TpT store! Just put your Interactive Writing Center Grade 3-6 on my wish list!

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  145. Your ideas will make school life SO MUCH easier. Thanks for the ideas and chance to win.

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    1. I am in the process of reorganizing my classroom. Since my 2nd graders work at tables, instead of desks, I am relocating their books and book boxes to numbered shelves. Giving them numbers is an efficient way to claim texts, math kits, book boxes, etc.
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  146. Thanks for the great ideas! Switching grade levels this year and want to reorganize everything for a great year! Amanda

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  147. I love all your tips! To get the school year off to a smooth start, it's important for me to have something that the kids can do independently ready and waiting for them the minute they come in the room.

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  149. Love your ideas! Thank you for sharing! I am also working on getting my supply caddies fixed up to hopefully make my year a little smoother than last year.

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  150. Thanks for the great organizational ideas!

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  151. I just start setting up all the materials on the walls: Team Roles, Word Wall, Classroom rules... And when my children come I start with Whole Brain Teaching.

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  152. This year I decided to rearrange my classroom into stations hoping this will make center time easier for them. I usually put everything up front on my desk for them to grab but think this will give them an easier time to find the proper items

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  153. Procedures, procedures, procedures! Spending the time at the beginning of the year practicing sure makes the rest of the year run smoothly!

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  154. Organization is my word of the year this year! Thanks for sharing!

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  155. Having a well-organized plan book is essential to keep track of all of the events, activities, and meetings at the start of the year!

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  156. Organization is key. I have everything in its place including the stuff in/around my desk.

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  157. This my first year teaching!! Im getting very anxious, but I plan on having all my procedures ready to go!!!

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  158. i re-organize all the activities i did over the year when school is over. so when school begins i can easily find those activities.

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  159. I love the small group caddy. I love Really Good Stuff, but I hadn't seen this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  160. I write down every single thing I'm going to do and say! I love your ideas!!

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  161. I am a first year teacher, so I have been keeping everything organized as I have collected, or created it! I have also laminated nearly EVERYTHING! Hopefully this helps my materials last for more than one year. I hope to have a more life changing organizational tip for this topic next year :)
    New Adventures in Elementary

    ~Nadya

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  162. I too am a big fan of RGS... hoping to get more organizers this year.

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  163. Mission organization has been on my to do list this summer. So far, my favorite has been planning for the year and creating my curriculum map! I have lots of great ideas to integrate and hoping for success and joy from my students!

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  164. I'm obsessed with organization so this post was awesome! Thank you for sharing.

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  165. I appreciated this post, especially the tools from Really Good Stuff. One thing I do is try to get the first month's student papers copied and filed before school starts.

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  166. I am a second year teacher so going through blogs has helped me to learn what will help make my
    classroom run smoother. Planning ahead and being very organized helps the classroom to run
    smoother.

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  167. Being consistent from the start and maintaining open lines of communication with parents

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  168. I bought your teacher binder and I feel confident that I will be ready for this year! I also know more about what I want to do in terms of daily activities as opposed to last year.

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  169. Organized is #1, consistency with all those wonderful and cute little faces from the first day of school and throughout the school year is #2 and open communication with the parents with all your students is #3. (A wonderful teacher binder is a great way to stay organized!!!!)

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  170. I start every year focusing on rules and procedures for the first few weeks. I teach, model, and practice the right and wrong way to do everything.

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  171. Starting off the year by setting up routines and expectaions in the first couple of weeks.

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  172. I LOVE your post and all of your organization tips!! I have table caddies also. I didn't think about having the students keep their highlighters in them also, but I LOVE this idea!!

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  173. I start the year off smooth with a lot of prayer!!!!!

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  174. I start off the year super organized - and this year I am determined to stay that way!!!

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  175. I like to start the year off by calling all of my parents so that we start the year off on the right foot.

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  176. Thank you for all you do!! I'm a new teacher this coming school year. I can't get enough of all these wonderful tools and information!!

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  177. Number my students. It makes everything organized and I can reuse many things!

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  178. I'm a list maker. I also went through my files and reorganized everything this summer so I will be able to find things quickly. jaglanzer@yahoo.com

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  179. I focus on teaching routines. Once the kids know what to expect, the class can run itself.

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  180. This will be my first year teaching 5th grade and this site has some great resources that I am sure to use. Thanks!

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  181. Be prepared and organized, but be ready to be flexible. Have a Plan B and a Plan C, just in case. Relax and have fun!

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  182. All of these suggestions are amazing! Thanks so much for the great pictures that give a good visual.

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  183. I teach Resource, so spending time looking over IEPs and organizing the minutes my students need keeps me running smoothly at the beginning of the school year!

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  184. Love your blog post Joey! My tip is BE prepared and always organized! I tried the caddies this year - loved it! I am going to get some Really good Stuff organizers now for my white boards.. :) Thanks!

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  185. Great ideas and recommendations of materials. Now I don't have to shop around anymore! Thanks!

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  186. Great ideas! This is my first school year, so I am hoping being organized will be the best thing for me!

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  187. Spend the time getting organized in the weeks before school starts. You won't have that much time again until next summer so use it to your advantage. That is how I stay sane throughout the year.

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  188. I make sure during the 1st week I make contact with a parent with a positive comment about their child and greet each one at the door every morning!!'
    Karen
    tommysmom0206@yahoo.com

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  189. I really love these binders! Definitely going on my wish list! This is my first year teaching so I am hoping to start my year off right by reading tons of wonderful tips by bloggers like yourself.

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  190. Year at a glance planning sheet to lay out standards!
    gillian.huneycutt@gmail.com

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  191. This will be my second year and I'm really liking your organizational tips! Thanks!
    caitlin.hannasch@gmail.com

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