The classroom environment is almost as important as what is taught. The room organization supports the work that needs to be done, provides safety and comfort, and communicates information about the people who work and learn there. These are three of my best ideas for classroom organization:

  • Attach plastic rain gutters to the walls in order to display books in an enticing and accessible way. They're inexpensive and can be cut so that books can be displayed at every center, not just in the library.
  • Remove manipulatives from plastic tubs and put them in aesthetically pleasing baskets to give a natural feel. Include natural manipulatives like shells and small stones.
  • Print out several sets of address labels of students'names. Use these throughout the year for homework folders, writer's workshop folders, journals, cubbies, nametags, art projects, portfolios, science projects, etc.