One of the best things about being a teacher is the optimism and excitement about a new academic year. Everything feels fresh and invigorated after the summer break, but sometimes, we need to update our classrooms and make them feel refreshed. Regardless of what your classroom looks like, there are always ways to make it feel fresher for the new year. Here are some tips to help you with your classroom organisation.
Tables & Chairs
It might sound simple, but you’d be surprised at how important the placement of tables and chairs can be in a classroom. Each classroom has a different seating arrangement, so setting your tables up how you want can be extremely important. For instance, you could:
- Sit in each chair within the classroom to see from the child’s point of view. Can they see the board?
- Can you push your chair backwards without banging into furniture?
- Do you have enough room?
- Are there any table legs blocking leg space?
These are all really minor yet important factors to consider.
The Equipment Drawers
Having a neat and organised equipment draw is essential. Not only does it make it easier for both yourself and your students to find what they need, but it also makes tidying up a breeze. Top tip. Make sure that your equipment drawers aren’t located near the children table. Having other students clamouring to find tracing paper or a ruler can be a distraction for other kids trying to learn.
Speaking of equipment drawers, you should think about how you will organise the different areas of your classroom. For instance, if you teach primary school kids, how will you organise your trays so that your children can access resources independently? Make sure you have labels for trays and stickers for personalisation – it makes all the difference.
As the term progresses, most of the children’s exercise books will become fatter as they get filled. One mistake many teachers make is the lack of space for the books. You always need more space than you think, especially at the beginning of the year.
Making sure you have the right stationery for the semester ahead is extremely important. There is nothing worse than using a dried out ballpoint pen. Preparing your stationery for the semester is essential from planners, pens, staplers, erasers, and notepads.
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So those are some of our classroom organisation tips. How do you plan on making the new semester the best it can be? Leave a comment with your top tips to get your classroom September ready.
Are you worried about how you are going to cope with the classroom stress? Take a look at our article where we tackle that very topic with tips and useful information. Click here to read.
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