7 Ways Having an Organized Classroom will Make You a Better Teacher

Teachers want an organized classroom. They spend time online looking at photos of clutter-free, beautifully decorated classrooms and dream of their rooms looking the same. They can imagine how great it would feel to walk into work each morning and teach without the distraction of things out of place, piles of papers covering flat surfaces and a surplus of clutter that has somehow accumulated over time.

In a blog post titled, Classroom Organized Made Easy, I outlined the ten simple steps I have used for years when consulting with teachers and helping them to organize their classroom. If you are like most teachers you strongly desire to have a clutter-free classroom but are you aware of how a lack of classroom organization may truly be affecting you in a negative way?The benefits of having an organized classroom are plentiful, but you may not realize How a Disorganized Classroom is Actually Hurting You as a Teacher.

  • You are losing valuable time. You spend extra time every day looking for misplaced items. This is taking away from your students’ learning.
  • You are spending money to replace things you already own. You are purchasing storage containers in the hopes they will solve your problems, but they only add to the clutter.
  • Your students are off task and misbehaving. The downtime created from not having everything at your fingertips needed for a lesson and not having strong classroom management systems in place provides an opportunity for the students to lose focus and that is when behavior issues arise.
  • You’re stressed! Clutter takes a HUGE toll on your mental health. It’s a visual reminder of more work to be done and prohibits you from feeling truly accomplished despite the important work you do every single day with your students.
  • You’re tired. Classroom clutter drains you of positive energy in ways you can physically feel.
  • You’re frustrated. A cluttered classroom is a stressor that intensifies the frustrations and exhaustion that teachers are already feeling.
  • You are unfairly perceived as not being the best teacher you could be. Despite being a rockstar at what’s really important in teaching, it may not be known because what people are seeing is clutter and chaos. You aren’t making the best impression you can to administrators, colleagues and parents and unfortunately, that may be hurting you in ways you don’t even realize.

How I Can Help You Improve Your Classroom Organization:

Teaching is REALLY hard work and it continues to get harder each year as teachers are burdened with new directives, initiatives, and responsibilities. Chances are you are a teacher because you felt the passion to become one. You love the task of teaching, but are feeling the pressures of all the junk they keep piling on you.

While I can’t make all the useless meetings, ridiculous data-collections, and other stupid tasks that steal precious planning and teaching time from you disappear, I can help you by... 
  • transforming your classroom into an organized learning space
  • making you a more organized teacher
  • creating systems that save you a great deal of time
  • ensuring that you have plenty of personal time to recharge and enjoy life outside of school

How to Get Free Tips, Ideas & Printables to Help You Become a More Organized Teacher:

I am excited to announce that throughout this year, I will be hosting a FREE Facebook group focused on Classroom Organization and Management. 

This online community will be a place for you to ask questions, converse with other teachers, and share your successes and strategies that have worked in your own classroom.

Together we will... 
  • get your classroom decluttered and organized
  • find storage solutions for all your teaching supplies and materials
  • learn about how to better set up your classroom layout
  • discover how to maintain a neat classroom space
  • implement classroom management strategies to increase time on task
  • save you SO MUCH time as a teacher so you can reclaim your nights and weekends
  • discover new classroom decor ideas for back to school
  • and so much more
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And if you REALLY want to roll up your sleeves and jump right in and start decluttering and organizing your classroom then I encourage you to grab the Clutter-Free Classroom Guide to Classroom Organization. It is the sister guide to my Guide to Classroom Management. 
Both come with a vast collection of printable resources such as charts, labels, and tools to create a classroom learning environment that truly runs itself. The guides along with the included printables will help you create your very own clutter-free classroom and find the happiness as a teacher that comes from being organized and on top of everything rather than feeling drained and constantly overwhelmed.

This article explains the benefits of having good classroom organization skills. Teachers will learn how poor classroom organization is hurting them and provides ways to get free tips and ideas to improve their classroom organization.

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