Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What I Wish I Knew Wednesday: Organizing the Classroom!

The countdown before the first day of school has commenced! I'm down to the wire and am trying to spend every hour I can in my classroom getting things ready for my new class of second graders. This will be my first year teaching only second graders and I am soooo excited! I have a great new teaching partner and a great new classroom! Being that I am in a new classroom, I have to unpack and completely redo my classroom set-up.

While I was organizing my room, I thought of an important What I Wish I Knew tip...

I feel like I did a pretty good job of this my first three years of teaching. I spent months in the summer preparing my classroom and organizing and labeling everything. Last year was a different story! I moved to a new school that was almost 4 hours away from where I was last living. I was moving into a house and into a new classroom and grade level at the same time. I was completely rushed and the result was in a not-as-organized-as-I-would-like classroom. I never caught up with the organizing. Time is so precious during the school year... I would rather create lesson plans than organize. 

I'm not making that mistake again this year... no, no, no! I pledge to be organized before school starts!

This week I am conquering the library! I reorganize my library just about every year because I always change how I want it set up. This year I am mainly organizing it by genre and author/ series with exception to my easy readers which I will organize by level. I did this because I was able to weed out a lot of books that would be too challenging for most of my kids. When I learn more about my students, I can introduce some of the books I put away to students who would be able to comprehend and enjoy them. 

Here's what the library looks like as of today (about half done)...

Most of my picture and nonfiction books are still waiting to be organized! I'm also planning on covering the greenish shelf with black contact paper so it matches the other shelves. The ugly green paint will be covered with a tall shelf and some cute border. I still have a long way to go, but I will be extremely happy when it's all finished and the space is ready for my students to enjoy!

If you have a link to your classroom library, share it in the comments below! I would love to see it!

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