Whew! After blog stalking most of the afternoon, it seems like we are ALL exhausted from our first week back. I hope you are enjoying a latte and your long-lost couch. You did it!
When I moved into my *new* classroom this year, I didn't get a teacher's desk. I had been thinking about getting rid of it for about a year, after I read this book.
I thought it would be a great use of space to just use a bookshelf and my small group table as shared space for my students and myself.
Little did I know (Debbie Diller did NOT tell me!) that after a mere 4 months, the clutter would PILE UP! I guess I was used to just shoving things in drawers or behind closed cabinets. (My last classroom lent itself to all kinds of "Junk Drawers" of sorts.) This new classroom is all open, not a single cabinet or shelf came with it.
Here is a photo essay of the work that I accomplished this winter break.
It is by no means perfectly organized, but hopefully by sharing my stack of clutter it might inspire a few to organize a shelf or two.
Get out there and organize! Even if it is the space behind your desk! You will feel 100 times better about yourself and your classroom.
|A great way to organize your iPods or classroom technology.|
|Before: A view from the door when you walk in.|
|Before: A view from the other classroom looking at the teacher desk area. Yikes!|
|Before "teacher desk" So messy! |
I am (almost) embarrassed to post this.
|Before: Weekly supplies and mess I even try to hide.|
|Before: Behind my small group table.|
A mess of sorts.
I didn't even have a place to put my bags!
|Before: Another View.|
|After "Teacher Desk"|
Whew. Now I feel better.
Although I just noticed that blue cord...
|After: Another view. Clean and neat.|
|After: A view from the carpet. |
Notice the yellow and green tubs. Those will hold all of my reading and math small group supplies!
Well, what do you think? I know it's not much but it is definitely better than the before pictures RIGHT?
I would love your feedback or any other ideas that would help my classroom look better!
I hope you enjoy your weekend. I'm not planning on going to the school at all! (An unusual first)
Hip Hip Horray!
P.S.S. You may think it's common sense but this girl had to read tutorials to figure it out! I am VERY proud of myself.