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TeacherVision: Classroom Organization Tips from Veteran Teachers

  • Use accordion folders with 10 to 14 slots to organize anything. It helps to keep assignments, activities, quizzes, tests, and lecture notes in order.Beth Hayes
    West Liberty, WV
    Grade Levels: 9-12
  • Teach your class an attention code. I say “Hey” in a sing-song voice and the class responds with “Ho.” This code alerts the children that they need to stop whatever they are doing and immediately look in my direction. This is useful in the classroom when the students are working in centers and I need their attention. If we are on the playground, my class is quickly distinguished from the others by this code.Angie Dulaney
    Delhi Elementary School
    Delhi, LA
    Grade Levels: 3-5
  • Make a file folder for each child for all parent/teacher communication. Then all year you have a concise record of every note you have either written to or received from parents.Jerri McCreless
    Brookwood Elementary School
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Grade Levels: 3-5

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My Top 5 Organizational Hacks for Teaching High School (LoveTeach edition)

by Love Teach

pic #1 I’m not a naturally organized person. In July before my first year of teaching, I remember being at the office supply store in the file/tray/organizer aisle, picking up a single black tray and thinking, “Hmm … this should do it.”

Needless to say my first year was a mess both literally and figuratively. Like a lot of things in teaching, I learned how to be organized by trial and error.

Lots and lots and lots of error.

To save you some error, here are my top five organizational tricks!

1) The BGT

pic #3The BGT in my class stands for Big Gray Thing because I don’t know what else to call this beautiful specimen. A friend donated it to me. I believe normal people call them mail sorters.

I teach three double-blocked class periods, so I have one “column” in the BGT for each class, with different tray labels for vocabulary, grammar, school forms/slips, absent/late work, tests, and then Assignments A through C for work that doesn’t fall under the other categories. I color-coded the labels to minimize students putting their work with the wrong class.

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Avoiding Teacher Burnout: Five Strategies

EducationWorld is pleased to present this article by Christi Wilson, a credentialed teacher of highly gifted students in Northern Nevada. She has 11 years of classroom teaching experience, including K-12 education online, and writes for TeacherPortal.com.

With teaching often comes stress and burnout. Educators must fill several roles during the day including classroom instructor, record keeper, member of school committees and playground monitor. Teachers experience stress on a daily basis, and some studies indicate that they suffer from stress at a higher-than-average rate.

Burnout in this profession is so common that in California, the California Teachers Association has sponsored a “Survive and Thrive Mini Sabbatical” for teachers. This program is a five-day retreat for up to 15 teachers, who are coached on how to manage stress and reflect on the reasons they joined the profession in the first place. Read more

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