Saturday, January 7, 2012

Week 1 {Clutter-Free Classroom Project}

A New Year begins for Barrow's Hodgepodge. I am hoping
this semester is better than the last. To begin the year I am going to participate in The Clutter-Free Classroom Project sponsored by The Clutter-Free Classroom . This is perfect since my school will be undergoing SACS Accreditation review the first week in February.

Below you will find my before pictures. These pictures were taken today. Yes, I came to school on a Saturday night to write lesson plans. Here is the really sad part---I was not the only teacher there!

This is a picture looking at my desk area. To the right is the table for my laptop, document camera and mimeo. In front is our listening center.

This is the picture of the corner bookshelf behind my desk. I am not happy with this area. I feel as though it is not utilized in the best way.

This is the reading table. We use this table every day. It may be clean at some point during each day, however, it often is cluttered. I love the located of the table in my room. It is located in the very middle. This is working great for me, the only problem is the lack of storage in this area.

This is the clutter that is my back wall. The curtain hides the children's coat closet. And my pocket chart is falling down. I will fix this before I go home.

This is one wall of my classroom. On top of the bookshelf is math centers (that need to be better organized). On the shelf is a collection of different reading materials.

This last picture is the back wall in our classroom. This is the worst part of the classroom. It has messy pocket charts, clutter daily work boxes, textbooks and book boxes.

After seeing this mess I am ready to be clutter-free. I am excited about having a plan to get organized. Head on over to Clutter-Free Classroom for more information or to join in!


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  2. Looks like you have some work to do. The best part is that your not alone. I have a ton to do too. You have some great storage.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  3. lesson plans at school on Saturday night. Wow and I thought I was dedicated....:0)
    What a wonderful site! I am so glad I found it! I am your newest follower! Come see me too!
    ­ Kindergarten Lifestyle

  4. Definitely manageable...loves checking out your page:) Best of luck with the project!


    Two Fulbright Hugs

  5. School starts for me tomorrow. Then I'll take some pics and get started fixing my clutter too! I love your blog. I'm giving you and award. Please pop over and check it out! Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

  6. Thanks everyone--The Lesson Plan on a Sat night was a must. We are required to turn them in every Friday, however, I had to ask for permission to email them over the weekend because I just couldn't get it done. I am hoping to get most of this mess organized over the next couple of weeks.

  7. I just found your blog and am a new follower! Good luck!