|A new year is a great time for new habits. Some of these tips might be useful to you.
1.) Decide what kinds of organization tools work best for you. Whether it be color coding, file folders, baskets or bins, keep it as simple as possible. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a complicated system and defeat your purpose.
2.) Keep on top of clutter. Don’t let piles start if at all possible. Take some time at the end of each day to either file or separate accumulated papers. Designate a student helper to file papers or help put materials back in the proper places.
3.) Avoid the “pack-rat” syndrome. We veteran teachers often succumb to this because we accumulate more and more materials each year. Keep an inventory of your materials and get rid of those you are not using. Consider giving new teachers materials that you don’t use or extra copies of things. They will welcome not having to go out and spend more of their own money!
4.) It helps to have your students use the same organization methods you use if possible. If you are using color coded folders for different subjects, let your students do the same. It helps tremendously for everyone to be using a cohesive system.