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Best of Blogs: Classroom Organization

By Scholastic.com Editors on July 13, 2014
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Setting the stage for a year of learning can be both fun and daunting. With dozens of students occupying one room, and lots of different tasks to accomplish, organizing the space is key. Take a look at some of our favorite ideas for keeping things under control, from paperwork to furniture to electronic files.


Help for the Organizationally Challenged Teacher

By Genia Connell

December 30, 2013
Grades PreK5

From keeping your students organized to keeping your supplies neat and tidy, you will find tips and free downloadable resources to help keep everything (and everyone) well-ordered. And if things are truly that hopeless, and there is no solution, read Genia's clever bonus tip on how to deal with that as well!

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How to Set Up Digital Work Stations

By Erin Klein

December 3, 2013
Grades PreK–8

Check out these nine simple steps for setting up workstations in your classroom. You will also find plenty of printables, resources, links, photos, examples, and more!

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Classroom Organization for the Frugal Teacher (Part 2)

By Allie Magnuson

October 31, 2013
Grades PreK–K

Find out how to contain all those arts and crafts materials with these ideas for clever reuses of standard materials, while learning how to keep them from creating messes. Plus, check out ideas for organizing your centers.

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Guided Reading Organization Made Easy

By Genia Connell

September 25, 2013
Grades 1-5

Use these simple tips to help take the stress out of organizing and managing your guided reading materials all year long. Plus, download colorful placeholders you can edit, an entire set of text level expectations, and more.

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4 Classroom Organization Ideas That Really Work

By Alycia Zimmerman

September 4, 2013
Grades PreK–8

With these four ideas you can create a classroom where anyone can find anything at any time, where students are part of the solution, and where the most used classroom items are at hand while other things creatively stored. And organize your own things with downloadable labels.

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40 Quick and Easy Organization Tips

By Meghan Everette

November 23, 2012
Grades PreK12

Top Teaching blogger Meghan Everette asked her coworkers to open their doors and give their best tips for staying organized and on top of information. Here are 40 quick and easy ways to help make your classroom more manageable.

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Organization: Why YOU Will Have More Time This Year

By Brent Vasicek

September 19, 2011
Grades 3-4

From the first minute you arrive in the classroom to long after the dismissal bell rings, you will find use for these organization strategies. Learn how to use turn-in trays, set up your email box, keep track of parent communication and more.

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Middle School Setup Inspired by Dr. Seuss

By Addie Albano

August 16, 2011
Grades 6-8

Classroom organization is not just a subject for a teacher to study, but one that can and should be taught. Pick up a “thing one or thing two” to help budding young adults learn organizational and social skills à la the good Dr. Seuss.

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Surviving the First Six Weeks of School: Classroom Organization

By Sharon Taylor

August 12, 2011
Grades PreK-K

Classroom supplies, manipulatives, lessons, activities — what’s an overworked teacher to do to keep it all under control? Get tools, tips, and answers to the everyday dilemma of getting organized.

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Classroom Setup: Arranging the Physical Space

By Michelle Sullenberger

August 4, 2011
Grades PreK-5

The first word in creating an organized classroom is accountability! You must account for your whole group area, as well as several mini group areas. You must account for walking paths that allow for smooth traffic flow and last, but not least – account for yourself!

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Setting Up and Organizing Your Classroom

By Nancy Jang

August 12, 2010
Grades 1-2

Reflecting on what worked – and what didn’t – in your classroom last year will help you make smart decisions for the coming year. But what if you’re a new teacher? Get great ideas and inspiration for setting up your classroom even veteran teachers will want to use.

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The Nuts and Bolts of Classroom Organization

By Victoria Jasztal

August 11, 2009
Grades PreK-12

Learn how to arrange your classroom furniture in a way that will make it easy for you and your students to move from one place to another, plus five other tips for creating a classroom environment optimized for teaching and learning.

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