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Thursday, March 17, 2011


So, I'm in need of some MAJOR help. I was just over loaded with papers on my desk so I decided to get something to help me get (and stay) organized throughout the year (and hopefully years to come). So, I just bought a new Filetastic at mardel.com and it's super cute and I love it, but I'm wondering how all you super organized teachers out there organize your files at school. I know what I need, but then again I don't because things keeps piling up on my desk. Can you help me with labels for my file folders?? And ideas will be greatly appreciated!!



  1. If you go to this link : http://pattonspatch.blogspot.com/2011/03/my-nest-aka-desk.html
    ... you can see what I have to organize files at my fingertips.

    The files I have are these: "Ideas to share" (with my team), "Handouts for my team" (we team plan and make copies for each other), "To Copy", "Tutoring materials", "Calendars" (ones I reference daily), "To Go Home", "To Grade", "To Read", "Curriculum" (that I need at my fingertips), "To Reference" (Things I need to look at often), "Next Week" (Papers that I need to put in the right basket for next week), and a few others that only apply to my school. When I created the files I laid out everything on my desk in categories that seemed appropriate. When I was satisfied, I made my labels. Hope that helps!

    Colleen Patton
    Mrs. Patton’s Patch

  2. Hi: I have some organizing tips here: http://www.pre-kpages.com/organize/ I use the organizer you have for daily stuff and then at the link above I have storage tips for themes and other stuff.
    hope that helps,

  3. Well, it depends on if you want to use your new storage pockets for yourself or your students.

    I used something similar last year with my students, because I had very little space & didn't want cubbies cluttering up my room. I just assigned each student a number then numbered the pockets. I did not use file folders just put their papers in the pockets.

    You could also use it for assignments. If you want to put up some work for the kids to pick up independently you could label the pockets by number. The students would then pick up assignment #1 from the first pocket. When they finish they can turn it in & go get assignment #2, etc...

    How about using it for centers? You can put word sorts or other (not bulky) activities in there for a "Take it to your seat" center. They students could work in pairs or individually.

    If you wanted to use it for yourself you could do a number of things. Label Mon- Fri for daily work organization. Label by subject for daily subject work organization. Label by things to do, copies, important papers to turn in, graded, ugraded, etc.. Whatever is important for you to be organized.

    I hope this helped & that I was clear. Feel free to drop me a line if you want more clarification on anything I posted.

    Ms. M