Organizing your teacher desk can be a HUGE undertaking! After battling with years of trying to figure out the organization system that works to keep it organized I decided to get rid of it. I was scared that I was going to miss not having a desk, but I never really sat at it and I just was stacking piles on it. 

So this is what my new teacher work area looks like:

I have my computer desk. 

Here is one of my book shelves: I have a three-drawer sterlite for to be graded, to be files, and extra copies. The blue tub has all of my core vocabulary books and activities ready to go. 
The green tub below that are my new student folders, extra report cards, etc. the binders next to it are some of my restructured notes. 

When I first started teaching I found this great 20 shelf organizer. My lesson plan book is all on top and the first shelf below it is the theme books for that week/s. Copies that are made in advance are kept in all the shelves below that. 

In front of that I keep two weeks worth of activities in each daily folder. Pull the folder and go and if I have a sub suddenly my aid know where the activities for that day are. At the very back I keep some easy everyday go to items if needed.

Our writing folders I keep in these cardboard magazine holders from IKEA. I have the AM and PM ones. 

So where did all my pens, pencils, tape, etc. that was in the drawer go? I made this teacher supply toolkit. I love it! It keeps everything right where it should be vs. me just throwing items in the drawers. 

This shelf is under my computer desk and all my binders and stickies are kept. 

I feel like this is a much easier way to keep myself organized. My items tend to go back in the place they are supposed to go vs. just being thrown in a drawer to be lost for awhile. What are your best tips for organizing your teacher desk?

So you have taught most of the words on the core vocabulary board and your kiddos are using the core vocabulary well, but not great. Now what?! Practice the vocab words with work boxes!

For this particular work box you put like and not on two containers and have the students practice sorting the foods they like and do not. 

This work box focuses on the key words put in. You can use small erasers or pom-poms and have students count the number and then place in the tray. You can work on fine motor by using tongs to move the pom-poms. 

For this work box, the focus words are go and stop. Students drive the car on the green arrow to stop!

The focus words are I see. For this task they are matching color bears. I also have a version for letters. 

The key words are a lot or some. Students sort the baggies of fish by a lot or some. 

Last, but not least the key words here are open, close, put in, and again. Students will pick up a picture or small item, open the box, put in the item, close the box, and do it again with a new item.

I cannot wait to start these this week at table time and then move them into the work boxes for my kiddos. It will be great reinforcement for words we have been working on throughout the year. Also, for some of my students still struggling with the board this will be an activity that is more isolated on a couple of  words instead of the whole board. 

I have more ideas coming soon too!

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