Being organized is something I have to have. Most people would probably say I am an extremely organized person...at school, at church, at home. You name it; I try to organize it. ;)
Here are some things in my classroom that I have done to help me stay organized and why they work.
These drawers are one way I stay organized. Why? Well, the large set kind of takes places of having a desk and desk drawers. I keep all my supplies in it, along with all my teaching materials I need throughout the day. The labels make it super easy for anyone else coming into my room, like an assistant or substitute, to find things. The small set is where I put daily work, materials, etc.; labeled by date. I also have a draw for things to copy, things to grade, sub plans, paper, and band-aids (cause we know in first grade you go through
hardly any a ton of band-aids).
My classroom library is something I strive to keep very organized and try to make it easy for my kids to help. My first year teaching, my books were organized by level. Now, that I do Daily Five, I decided to change to organizing books by topic. That way kids can use the I-Pick method for choosing books. Each book topic has a box that is numbered. Then the books have a corresponding number written on them.
For example, my Franklin and Bernstein Bear books are basket 4. So, all those books have a 4 in the corner so when a kiddo is done with that book, they know to match it to box 4. This works great with my first graders and is something they can actually do and help keep organized.
My final organization tip is my student mailboxes. My first year teaching I purchased some cardboard mailboxes, but they didn't hold up well. After that I thought about buying the nice wooden ones, but a. they cost a lot and b. they take up a lot of room. So, this is my solution. I have a file box with a hanging folder for each student. That is where there graded papers go (they take them home on Fridays). For notes, etc. I put them in the black basket on top of the file box and just place them in each folder, which are kept in the white container.
Each student in my class has a number, so their folder has a number (so I can reuse them each year without renumbering them).
I hope you can use some of these organization tips in your classroom.