The average day for a teacher is far from ordinary and can get pretty hectic. Although there is no recipe to eliminate the chaos completely, there are ways to alleviate it. Everything runs better with a little organization. When teachers are organized, and help their students be organized, the day will always go much smoother. Teacher organization systems that are flexible and require little floor space are a good way to make that happen.
To become better organized, begin by considering these five things:
- The age of your students
- The subject matter you teach
- Size and type of item(s) to be stored
- Your own personal storage needs
- Whether you need items daily or occasionally
Then you can start to make some decisions.
One of the best ways to store items for multiple students is a Cubbie Tower. With space for up to 32 different bins, or shelf openings, this unit can stand in the middle of a classroom, requiring a little more than two square feet of space, and is accessible on all four sides at once. The casters enable it to be rolled around as needed, increasing the flexibility of the design. This multi-functional cubbie tower can be used to hold various types of supplies for craft projects, or to store student lunches, jackets, or other personal belongings.
If you have the wall space, there are cubbie compartments available that will fit along the wall or back up to each other to compactly increase your storage area. They can also be used as dividers to define quiet reading areas or other defined spaces that may be desired in a classroom. There are multiple sizes to suit your room space or to configure in various ways.
A teacher will always need private storage space in his/her classroom to secure those items that should not be available to students. It may be personal items belonging to the teacher, electronic equipment, student’s private journals/classwork, or the tempting answer key to a test. Whatever it may be, lockable storage cabinets are available in several different sizes, shapes, and colors. From traditional metal file cabinets to wood cabinets to pom pom pink cabinets, you can easily mix or match and suit your specific needs.
Mobile projector stands and utility carts are essential organizational tools for nomadic teachers who move from classroom to classroom, aka “floating teachers”. These units have several shelves and compartments, which gives you ample space to store and make easy access for a projection monitor, laptop, and other electronic equipment. Many projector and utility carts have locking cabinets or drawers to keep valuables safe, secure and out of reach from students. Or keep it simple and use a utility cart as a supply or snack station. Whether it be a school classroom, library or gymnasium, these carts organize your belongings in one central location while adding the ease of mobility all together. Select a metal, plastic, or wood finish to accommodate the right look for you.
The opportunities to organize are endless and each teacher will know best how they wish to utilize their classroom space. Contact us to research our wide selection of affordable organizing solutions to make your school day more pleasant and more efficient for you and your students.