Organization

       Organization!! It is key for an effective special education program. I am constantly searching for more efficient ways to organize the environment and the people (adults and students) in it. My classroom has 4 teaching assistants, 9 students and 4 therapists that service my classroom. It can be very difficult to manage it all, but a few key organization tips can help make it manageable. 

        Clutter makes me nuts, so I tend to use a lot of containers with lids to contain it. Labeling is key...especially when you have many adults in your room. There are many free labels on teacherspayteachers.com to download. Print out the ones that fit your colors or theme best and label all of your bins. Labeling will ensure that your staff can quickly find the needed materials. 

          There is always something that needs to be prepped, copied, etc. and never enough time to do it. One thing that helped in my room is a To-Do clipboard. This is what mine looks like...

        I keep these pages on a clipboard in a central location, so that if any adult has a free moment she can quickly find out what needs to be done and where to put it once it is completed. This has greatly reduced interruptions of instruction by adults who don't know what to do or where things go. I also have folders that go with this system. You can read about that system by clicking HERE.

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  1. Just stopping by to say Hi!!
    I am your newest follower!! :)

    ~Jen
    Jen's Kinder Kids

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  2. I love this! I may borrow your clipboard idea. I am also a special ed teacher with assistants. This could be handy for when there are slow times do to absences or schedule changes.

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    1. That is often when my clipboard gets worked on, too!

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  3. I love your when it is complete column. My para's are great at getting the materials need copied and ready but once completed it goes on my desk. I love the thought of taking a little more time to tell them where it goes in the end it will save a lot of time. My classroom is a resource room with students at all levels and disabilities where the students are in and out all day. So I use the multi-pocket folders from reallygoodstuff. I try and have a folder for each subject taught for each student(if others aren't at the same level or at the same time), then I label the pockets for the days of the week. The folders are then all kept in the same area. The paras and students know where to find their stuff. This also helps when I have interruptions and can't get started with a student right away they know to get the folder and can get started. I also want to say I love your interactive books!

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    1. Directing where the paras should put the completed materials will save you so much time and energy!! Best decision ever!! :)

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