I like to run my classroom in such a way that it can basically be run without me even being there. This means that I have a lot of organization and rules that I start on day one with my students.
The organizational strategy that I am going to talk about today is color coding.
I decided one day that I was going to give each of my classes a specific color and everything associated with that class would be given that same color.
I ordered supplies in four colors (I have four classes) and chose neon pink, yellow, green, and orange.
I color coded everything in the room that I could!
|These are my classroom inboxes where students place completed work (Note the neon stickers on the front of the baskets)|
|These are my outboxes where I place work that I have already graded. They are also color coded with the stickers. (It broke my soul a little when I couldn't find magazine boxes in my block colors, but oh well!)|
|At the start of the year I also find out all my students' learning styles. One part of this activity involves them creating a name tag with symbols associated with their learning style on an index card (Color coordinated to their block of course!)|
|Some years my blocks of students have the same learning style as a majority. This year they are pretty spread out so I try to make sure my lessons hit as many different learning styles as possible, while leaning to the side of musical a bit more!|
I am thinking that I can use this type of idea to color coordinate a bookshelf that will contain all of my color coding!
- One shelf for inbox
- One shelf for outbox
- One shelf for handouts and supplies
- Putting all the items for each block on a shelf
What teacher doesn't love color and organization in their life?!
Check out my free learning styles activity on TPT: Learning Styles Prezi and Activity