2011 is the year to organize and declutter! I started with my house, and quickly realized that I could use some of the the same techniques in my classroom. One thing that at found over on A Bowl Full of Lemons blog was the "mobile command center". This has worked so well for organizing the mail and bills at my house-that I created one for school!
"The Modile Command Center" is a slim filing basket. On the front of the basket, I have a 2011 calendar clipped to it. This calendar includes weekly themes and events for my classroom, as well as, events taking place in our school. I have file folders inside for the important things I need throughout the day/week. I have the following files:
Mailbox (incoming mail from school-make sure to clean it out once a week!)
To Copy (things I need to copy)
Next Week (sticking items I need for the next week-helps me stay ahead)
To Check (work I need to look over)
To Send Home (notes and graded papers to put in students' notebooks)
Class Rosters (always needing one of these)
This elminates a lot of clutter on my desk. It is portable and easy to move around the classroom or even bring home.
If you are thinking like this sounds like a good idea, head over to A Bowl Full of Lemons and checkout her Modile Command Center. Remember you want it simple and useful! Information organized and easy to access. Think of folders you use on a daily/weekly basis when creating the "guts" of your command center! I will post pictures of my mobile command center (also known as my Happening Hive Basket) soon!
Happy Organizing, Friends!