Clearing or hiding away classroom materials will make your classroom look neater and won't draw the attention of your distractable students. That sounds great, but in sped I always feel like we have so much stuff!! That isn't a problem! Here are some ideas for hiding or containing your materials.
Cover of hide the visual distractions.... AKA all of our materials! In the picture below, I hid all of the materials on the bookshelf with dark blue felt.
I attached the felt to the bookshelf with Velcro. This allows me to remove it during the summer and when I am trying to get out materials or organize the shelves.
When you choose your felt or fabric, look for solid colors. Try to stick with 1 to 2 colors so you don't create extra visual distractions with your coverings.
No See Through Containers!
Plastic containers are fantastic for helping us organize all of the materials we need to meet our students' needs, but it can also be another distraction. When I first got this organization system I LOVED it, but then I noticed that it looked busy.
Spray paint to the rescue!!
See how much better it looks?!?!?
Another great way to reduce visual distractions is to contain it in a storage bin or folder. Here is a look at how I contain all of the materials I need for the week while staying organized.
Inside each folder are the materials needed for the group labeled on the front of the folder. Click to read more: Easy & Organized.
Click for more on how I organize my classroom: Classroom Set-up.