ellsiepig : Ok, in that case I would look at the school supply list. For example our kindergarten teacher has the kids bring a large white binder in and that acts as their calendar. They do all kinds of activities with it such as recording the daily weather, working on days of the week, working on months of the year, etc. They use it every day all year long and it’s the kids who bring the binders in. I would also go in to check the office supplies that are available to you. For example I was considering ordering a classroom set of clipboards for this coming year (I don’t have desks and it can be a hasle to take quizzes on the information or take notes) and then I went into the supplies cabinet and there was a milk crate full of clipboards available for use. You will also know as the year goes on what you could use in the classroom. It isn’t unheard of to ask parents to bring in something mid-year…say you are running low on Lysol wipes, you can send it in the classroom newsletter so parents can send more in with their kids.
As for that organizer you posted, all of our elementary classes use one of those as cubbies. Most classrooms in our school do not have desks, rather they have tables, so the cubbies are used for storing folders, extra pencils, etc. Our teachers K-2 have take home folders, so anything that needs to go home…homework, newsletters, notes, etc. goes straight into those take home folders. Ongoing projects are stored in the cubbies. There are so many ways to use that sort of storage unit so I would go in and check to see if one is available to you. Ask other teachers, ask the principal, and simply check in your classroom to see if one is already there.
For organization I use these a LOT.
You can find them at the dollar store and I usually get 5-10 at a time. I also got a ton of cardboard ones at IKEA which I use for storage on my large bookshelf in my office. For the classroom I use them for book storage, laying out the things that we will be doing that week (I have a set up with one per day and I put all the activities, worksheets, etc. that we will be doing for each class that day). Granted I have a rotating schedule and it helps keep me on track, but that system might help you for planning and organizing.
I also have a file folder turn-in system for any activities that we are doing. I found them at Target for a few bucks and it looks similar to this:
I have it split into each grade and so when kids are done with graded written assignments they put it in the turn-in folder for their grade. This system worked very well for me, for every grade, K-8. It also doesn’t take up any space, just a small spot on your wall, which I liked a lot. Plus it’s super easy to grab the stack, paper clip them, and put them into my “to grade” folder on my desk. You could maybe divide this into subjects…a folder for math, science, social studies, etc.
I hope that helps! Like I said I don’t teach 2nd all day every day but by trial and error have found things that work for all grades, including 2nd.