Organized Teacher, Happy Classroom: A Lesson Plan for Managing Your Time, Space and Materials

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Organized Teacher, Happy Classroom will give readers a fresh perspective on organizing that will promote productivity and efficiency, allowing them to focus more on student achievement and worry less about keeping their classroom materials in order. Readers will find specific help with purging their unused materials and papers, creating filing systems and managing daily routines. Summative checklists at the end of each chapter will help readers apply key principles as they ...
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Organized Teacher, Happy Classroom will give readers a fresh perspective on organizing that will promote productivity and efficiency, allowing them to focus more on student achievement and worry less about keeping their classroom materials in order. Readers will find specific help with purging their unused materials and papers, creating filing systems and managing daily routines. Summative checklists at the end of each chapter will help readers apply key principles as they organize.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440309151
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 6/19/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 422,197
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Melanie S. Unger has been a classroom teacher for more than seventeen years, striving daily to instill organizational principles within her own professional (and personal) life and in her students' lives. She is also a professional organizer and started her own professional organizing business in 2008. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, as well as Faithful Organizers. She has a BS in Elementary Education, as well as a Master's degree in Reading Instruction.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8

1 The Benefits of an Organized Classroom 12

Peace of mind, sense of control, and increased energy? Where do we sign up?

2 First Steps to an Organized Classroom 22

Practice the three Ps—prioritize, plan, and prepare-and you'll be on your way to a more organized classroom.

3 The Power of Purging 32

Purge your classroom to enhance simplicity, restore order, and maximize the spaces around your room.

4 Storage 46

Having a place for everything and everything in its place provides proven results.

5 Organizing the Classroom Zones 64

Take it one space at a time, and make sense of the "forest for the trees" and the "trees for the forest" to successfully organize your classroom.

6 Keeping a Teacher Reference Binder 80

Using this teacher resource tool will help you know where every important document or reference paper is.

7 Conquering Paperwork and Filing 92

Design systems for paperwork, and you'll learn how to make molehills out of mountains (not the other way around)!

8 Organizing Curriculum Materials 106

Organize your curriculum resources by keeping in mind the keys to storing materials: convenience, efficiency, and location.

9 Lesson Planning 116

Practical is good! Get time-management ideas to produce complete and effective lesson plans.

10 Managing Technology 132

Navigate your way through the sea of technology-manage e-mails, computer files, and the Internet-and discover ways to incorporate technology in your curriculum.

11 Managing Your Day 148

Harried? Stressed? Burned out? Learn strategies for staying on track, getting more done, and managing your busy days.

12 Students in the Organized Classroom 162

Guide students toward organizing success, the key to a truly "well-oiled machine" (or in this case, classroom).

13 Student Paperwork 172

Say good-bye to the abyss of lost papers, and use these tips to help student manage paperwork.

14 The End of the Year 184

Get ready, get set...almost! Tips and tasks for ensuring a smooth ending to your school year.

15 It's All About Balance 196

Find your balance, keep your balance, and live happily ever after (or at least happier ever after!).

Appendices

Suggested Reading list 204

Tour of Your Room Planning Sheet 205

Furniture Considerations Planning Sheet 206

Assessing Classroom Spaces Sheet 207

Supplies Inventory Checklist 208

Important Student Medical Information 209

Student inventory Sheet 210

Parent Contact Form 211

Yearly Curriculum Map 212

Substitute Feedback Form 216

Parent Questionnaire 217

General Weekly Schedule 220

Professional Goals Self-Evaluation 221

Index 222

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Seemed like common sense to me...

    I was expecting more grounbreaking information. I found myself skimming most of the book because the information was not new or interesting. I would have liked the book to be geared more towards secondary. More visuals would have helped too. I ended up not finishing the book because I was getting frustrated. I didn't learn anything new...

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Become a more efficient teacher!

    Melanie offers a variety of strategies to help teachers gain control over the clutter that accumulates from sharing a small space with twenty-five or more lively young people. Her easy writing style, and (not surprisingly) organization make this book a tool that I go back to often. And who doesn't love a usable appendix? I have more time-on-task with my students, which is critical to their success. This book is a must-have for teachers of all experience levels.

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