Here is the arrangement of my teacher area at the beginning of the year. It was my small group meeting area as well.
*The CAFE menu on the board behind it.
*Small filing cabinet for student info and small group materials.
*Blue drawers in the corner are so wonderful. They are wide enough for posters, charts, etc and deep enough to hold little baskets to sort all the supplies inside.
What I Don't LIke:
*The table is right by the classroom door, so students were distracted easily
*Half of it always ended up collecting papers, books, lesson plans, and clipboards, etc. (as evidenced by the picture)
What I Would Like to Change:
*Condense all the work space. The table against the wall, the blue drawers, and the kidney table all provide work space....pretty sure I don't need three.
*Have a space to put everything once I finish with it, so it isn't left on the table.
*Want to have a smaller place to conference with one or two students.
What I Changed:
I didn't do too much to the blue drawers, except label the drawers and make space for the paper cutter. The blue box has all the supplies for making lunch choices and then sending our lunch order to the office.
I found a shelf that was just about the same height and width as the blue drawer. I need to fit some boards on each shelf so things won't fall through, but on the other hand, having the holes keeps me from putting stuff there:-)
On the second shelf, I put a tub for reading, math, social studies/science/health, and art. Then when I am done with that part of the day, I return the teacher guides and materials to the appropriate box. This keeps stuff off the table.
The 3-drawer plastic container is a teacher must have. There are so many in my room, I could be keeping Sterlite in business. And bulletin border is the perfect size to cute it up a little! Next to the drawers are two magazine holders, turned on the long side. This is where I keep my lesson plan binder and all the student info. clipboards.
|Love the giant running records binder!|
*Have a misc folder, for papers, ideas, etc that don't have a home yet. At the end of the month whatever is still inside, recycle!
*Compete with your students. Each table group in our class earns points at the end of the day for stacked chairs and clean work areas (only pencils in the basket, nothing on top or under the desk) Well apply the same rules to yourself and have students award your work area. My kids LOVE checking and deciding if I get points for the day.