Middle and High School Classroom Tips
I took some time to round up a few of my favorite ways to maintain organization throughout the school year and some new ideas that you might be interested in. Hopefully they inspire you to stay organized
If you teach older students, it’s so easy to get your different class periods confused! Brittany, from The Colorado Classroom, shares how she used RAINBOW colors to organize everything in her middle school classroom. Not only does she color code everything, she uses colors in RAINBOW order, so it’s easy to follow and remember!
By color-coding everything from their reward jars to homework graphs, Brittany is able to easily and quickly discern one period from another! She shares, “...it eased my own levels of chaos and anxiety by creating a system of organization and structure that I could easily manage, and that my brain instantly enjoyed. I happen to function well and enjoy seeing things in color; maybe you will too.” Just think of what you can do with all that free mental space and time if you give this a try!
** Sarah, from Tales of a High School Math Teacher, has tried numerous ways to organize grading papers, and shares her favorite one. She uses a Fold-N-File from Thirty-One Bags. In each section, she has a folder for each class, and then within each folder she has an “In” folder and an “Out” folder. With this system, she can keep track of what needs to be graded and what’s ready to pass back for each class.
** Another awesome grading tip is to use color to “Grade at a Glance.” Read how Leah hacks her google classroom assignments so that she does not even have to open each student’s file and wait for it to load.
** If you want to try grading notebooks, my biggest tip is to walk around to grade them during a test. It saves so much time, plus saves your back from having to cart crates of notebooks home! More about that here: Grading Notebooks
Kristin, from One Stop Teacher Shop, shares how she puts together the PERFECT teacher binder. She includes wonderful ideas of tabs and individual pages you might want to include, depending on your needs, such as weekly lesson plans, small group lesson plans, class lists, and even charts to keep track of grading.
- Filing clerk - If you keep student work or writing portfolios or have some kind of mailbox system for returning student work, have a student file these papers.
- Homework checker - If you assign nightly homework, have a student collect it. If you collect homework at the end of the week, but check to see if it is done daily, have a student stamp the assignments for completion or check off names on a check list.
- Supplies - Instead of students asking you for a pencil, a piece of paper, or a tissue, have one student in charge of these materials. If all of these things are already out in your classroom and accessible to all students, have a students restock when supplies are low and alert you when more supplies need to be purchased.
** Another great door tip is to stick a “supplies needed” list in the window by the classroom door. This helps kids see at a glance what they should grab from their lockers to bring to each class period today!