The Clutter-Free Classroom Project: Week #7 Challenge: The Teacher Bag

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Organize your "Teacher Bag."

That's it.

It should be a simple task.

Or not. That's OK too. Nobody's going to judge.

But, it's a task that will pack a lot of punch.

We started with the desk because a clean work area = a clear mind.

Well, clear"ish" because let's be honest, our minds are always racing.

The teacher bag is an extension of that. It travels to and from school with you.

It hangs with you at meetings.

It is a portable office.

It's your carpool buddy.

It's the accessory that teachers wear every day.

Let's make it clean, neat, and organized.

  • Set aside a block of time to accomplish the task and find a large work surface.
  • I personally feel it is best to do this in your classroom because most of what is inside belongs in the classroom. It's easier to do a thorough job if you are at school. If you do it at home you are going to find yourself stuffing things back inside "to bring back to school."
  • Have the following handy: a trash can, a recycling bin, a container to hold the "to do" things you find in there (I like to use a dishpan). These include books to return, papers to file, etc. Depending on just how messy your bag is, you may also want to have a lint roller or a dust buster. Just sayin'.
  • Take EVERYTHING out of your bag. Put back only what you ABSOLUTELY need.

On Friday, I'll put up the Linky Party related to the Clutter-Free Classroom PROJECT. The Linky will be ongoing and you can always jump in and link up at anytime. If you don't have a blog you can respond to the prompt in the comment section on Friday's post. Below is this week's prompt. Keep these questions in mind as you take your pictures:

Show us your teacher "bag." What do you love about it? What do you wish was different? Dare to show us what's inside?
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