Monthly Archiv: November, 2013

The Importance of Classroom Organization

classIt is very important to keep a classroom properly organized.  For a start, if kids are in a room that is full of disarray, then there will be a sense of chaos.  There are many aspects that need to be considered.  Teachers who do not organize their classrooms ahead of time, will ultimately end up falling further behind throughout the year.  It is thus vital that teachers understand the importance of setting up an organized  and knowledge-enriching classroom for their students. 

Even if properly organizing a classroom takes a long time, it will be worth it.  Ultimately it will end up saving the teacher time.  The more organized the room, the easier everything will flow and teachers will be able to keep up with their workload.  By ensuing the classroom is stocked with the right supplies, has the furniture organized in an appropriate and comfortable manner and has the best possible set up for good acoustics, children will have a better opportunity to thrive and teachers will be more relaxed.

Another way to keep a classroom organized is to have calendars, whiteboards, daily and weekly lesson plans, etc.  All of these contribute to an improved learning environment.  If this system of order is maintained, organization throughout the academic year is more likely to be accomplished.  Indeed, for those teachers who start this process before the school year, it is even more likely that the classroom will be organized efficiently.


Importance of Classroom Resources

welcomeKristi Johnson Smith who works in new teacher support and is a LEARN Fellow, shares her experiences with what happens when there is a lack of organization in the school system.  She explains that while she was fortunate enough to have her own classroom, this was not the case for every member of staff since the school building was simply too small enough.  Thus some of her teaching colleagues had to move rooms every period, transporting their materials with carts and others – at different schools – had to make the best of rented trailers when additional students enrolled.

Thus staff at these schools could not even think about entertaining the possibility of giving each kid their own computer and computer table.  This really is quite unfortunate given the fact that this is the way the world is heading – into digital mode.  But the reality is, if kids are in schools like the one at which Smith taught at, they would be seen as lucky to have a regular classroom, let alone a computer.

Clearly in areas such as these, there needs to be many more resources than what currently exist.  With a lack in resources, the classroom can also  become chaotic and disorganized – certainly not the correct environment whereby students can thrive.

Nonetheless, there are things that can actually be done, that do not need to cost so much  money.  For example, Smith explains that she put up pictures, moved desks, added plans and organized the board space.  She then created student folders, a filing system for her materials and even hung a “welcome” sign on the door.

Of course money helps.  But as this teacher discovered, without it, a lot can still be done.