10 Organization Tips for Back to School

10 Organization Tips for Back to School

Can you believe tomorrow will be July 1st?

It is getting to that point in the summer when teachers start thinking about classroom setup and organization. I have been on Instagram all summer in search of quick and easy organizational tools for teachers.

Here are my top 10 picks to help teachers rock their back to school organization!

1. Teacher Toolbox

Photo Credit: @teachcreatemotivate

Photo Credit: @teachcreatemotivate

Have you seen these teacher toolbox organizers? I got mine from Amazon (affiliate link). They are the perfect place to store all of those little treasures that teachers have. This is my first year setting up a teacher toolbox, and when I saw these adorable labels from @teachcreatemotivate I just had to have them!

2. Task Card Organizers

Photo Credit: @teachingwithamountainview

Photo Credit: @teachingwithamountainview

Task card organization is so easy with these functional and adorable photo box containers. I got mine from Michael's, but you can a set of two (one for reading and one for math) from Amazon (affiliate link). I love this idea from @teachingwithamountainview to label each case by unit. 

3. Math Curriculum Organization

Photo Credit: @notsowimpyteacher

Photo Credit: @notsowimpyteacher

In the past I have used filing cabinets to organize my math curriculum, but I came across this idea from @notsowimpyteacher and I am in love! Everything you need for each unit is all in the same bin. No more hunting through your files to find what you need.

4. Library Organization

Photo Credit: @lessonswithlaughter

Photo Credit: @lessonswithlaughter

How amazing is this library from @lessonswithlaughter?! She organizes her books by the author's last name and uses color coded stickers so that out of place books are easy to spot. I am planning on using a similar system, but organizing by Lexile since that is required by my school.

5. Organize Papers for the Week

This is my organization system for weekly lesson plans and activities. I have tried a couple other systems, and this is by far the best! I make my copies for the week and organize them by placing them in the corresponding draw. All of the work for Monday goes in the Monday drawer and so on. I already have all of the lesson plans and activities printed for the first week of school. The industrial chic labels are from @schoolgirlstyle and I wrote on them with chalk markers from Amazon (affiliate link). To see more of my organization systems follow me on Instagram @carlyandadam.

6. Reading Curriculum Organization

Photo Credit: @pocketfulofprimary

Photo Credit: @pocketfulofprimary

I don't know about you, but these bright colorful organizers from @pocketfulofprimary make me so happy. She uses them to organize her reading curriculum by month. I just might have to pick up some of these the next time I am at Michael's.

7. Teacher Space Organization

Photo Credit: @talesofanaccidentalteacher

Photo Credit: @talesofanaccidentalteacher

Organizing that space behind your teacher table can be tricky. Easy accessibility to teaching materials and small group supplies is key. However, if there are not designated spaces and places for items things can get out of hand. The last thing you want to do is waste 5 minutes of a small group trying to find your whiteboards. I love all of the storage in this teacher space from @talesofanaccidentalteacher, and that purple wall is gorgeous as well!

8. Classroom Supplies Organization

Photo Credit: @justaprimarygirl

Photo Credit: @justaprimarygirl

Talk about #teacherorganizationgoals! @justaprimarygirl is my organization role model. I love how everything has a place and that each bin is clearly and neatly marked. This is especially important to think about with all of those student supplies coming that first week of school. If there are not designated places for them they can quickly take over the classroom. This is why it is important to think about an organization strategy for classroom supplies beforehand.

9. Center Organization

Photo Credit: @pencilscrayonscoffeeohmy

Photo Credit: @pencilscrayonscoffeeohmy

This little cart from @pencilscrayonscoffeeohmy is so cute! I have one at home from IKEA that I use to store teacher supplies. In the classroom it would make an excellent organizer for small group materials or you could use it to set up a makerspace (STEM center). 

10. Lesson Planning Organization

Photo Credit: @erincondren

Photo Credit: @erincondren

My Erin Condren planner has definitely been a major help with staying organized this past year at school. My two favorite features were the calendar, which helped me keep on track with meetings, and the password sheet, which ensured that I had quick access to all of my logins and passwords. I absolutely love this new design watercolor apples and plan to get it for next school year! If you are looking to get organized this year with the Erin Condren planner you can save $10 with my affiliate link

Hopefully, these ideas have helped you start setting a plan for organization this school year. Be sure to follow all of these amazing and inspiring Instagram accounts for more organization tips!

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