Teacher Organization

Mar 20, 2017 | by Janice Smith

Teacher organization, and organization systems, are often the unsung hero of great classrooms.  We rarely notice them when observing great teachers in action, and they are often hidden behind the scenes.  But when done well they allow your classroom to run like a well-oiled machine, and you to focus on what’s most important.

The new collection in the Mission 100% library titled ‘Teacher Organization’ features a variety of systems we’ve uncovered during classroom tours, interviews, and while filming teachers in action. Check out one example below, from Ms. Henry’s classroom, and the rest in the video library!

A couple things we’ve found about effective organization systems…

1. They make your life easier (and not more complicated). The goal is to maximize time, so creating an uber-complicated organization system is not necessarily better than no organization system.  That said, everyone functions differently, so if you do well with color-coded, multi-foldered systems and that works best for you, go for it!

2. They’re used consistently.  Especially when the system involves students, it’s important they have plenty of practice with it.  If it’s done the same way every day, it will run much more smoothly than if it’s a system you implement once a week.

3. They’re student friendly. This isn’t always a requirement, as some organization systems are only teacher-facing.  But, the advantages of a student friendly organization system are that you can get students to help.  I’ve seen teachers use student helpers to do everything from organize incoming papers from that day, to stuffing student mailboxes with outgoing papers, inputting data into Microsoft Excel, and filling ‘Missed Work’ folders.  Students want to help, they feel more invested if they play a role in the daily classroom operations, and it allows you to focus on the tasks that only you can do.

Would love to hear other thoughts on organization systems that have changed your life, so feel free to comment below or shoot me an email at janice@mission100percent.com!

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