Mrs. Jennings is a VERY organized, fun, hands-on teacher. She certainly has fun in First! But, like all of us, the days are BUSY working with our littles ones who need so much of our time. And the end of the day - it's time to switch gears and go home to our own families. Mrs. Jennings is also a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a talented quilter. Time is definitely limited! Like so many of us, Mrs. Jennings uses her desk to toss things on her way to the next lesson, activity, specials class, meeting, or working with students. It piles up, and sometimes it's hard to dig out! So-----Mrs. O and I put our heads together and wanted to help her out!
Mrs. O and I are preparing to present in a couple of weeks at the Michigan Association for Early Childhood Education (MiAEYC). Our session is called: File Cabinet Rebellion - Get your Classroom Organized! The other day, while we were getting organized for our conference, Mrs. Jennings happened to mention that her desk need an overhaul. We decided to ambush her - and she was a really good sport about it! Check out the video....
I hope Mrs. Jennings likes her new make-over. I can hardly believe she refrained from coming in to check on me today. She gave me full reign of her teacher space----I can only imagine how hard that must be! I'm honored she put her trust in me - and in return she gets a fun, tidy area---and I get to show other teachers how easy it is to spiffy up their space!
Here's some before and afters....
Mrs. Jennings' desk (before)
Teacher closets (behind Mrs. Jennings' desk - before)
Under her desk (before)...
Desk drawer 1 - before
Desk drawer 2 - before
Desk drawer 3 - before
What we need are...
1. storage containers/bins
2. Lots of sorting
3. A couple hours of time
|We created an "In Box" - everyone needs somewhere to drop notes, paperwork, homework, etc.|
At the end of the day - take 10 minutes to file it! It will be nice to see a clean box each morning - ready for the day!
|When working for someone else to make their spaces and places happier, I always take into consideration their wants/needs. Mrs. Jennings requested that her AR (Accelerated Reader) jar must stay on her desk. So, we just cute-sied it up a bit! :)|
|Bright colors and lots of labels give every item a rightful place!|
|A little re-arranging and there is ample space under the desk now!|
|Drawer 3 (after). Don't mind the upside down photo!|
|No more paper covered closet doors! Just a little decorative paper to please the eyes! Under the cabinets? |
Well, maybe another day!
|Sort, sort, sort---sort like items and put in containers!!|
|In the end, when working on someone else's space/belongings, there are always items that cannot be placed. A medium sized box was left with items that need to go some where other than this newly re-organized space!|
We hope you enjoy your new space, Mrs. Jennings!
You've been RAK'd!
(That's a Random Act of Kindness)---go try it out on someone! :)