Saturday, June 30, 2012

Blog Swap and Hop Guest Blogger Deb Thomas

Yeah!!! It's finally Saturday and time for the Top Teachers' Blog Swap and Hop!! I'm so excited to introduce you to my sweet friend, Deb Thomas from Fabulously First ! She's not only witty and funny but she has prepared some fantastic ideas to help you organize your classroom!

While you are enjoying Deb's visit over here, I will be posting over at Michelle's adorable blog, No Monkey Business!  I hope you'll hop on over there when you are done! I have some fun Back to School ideas and a FREEBIE! Well, I've better head on over there! See ya soon! Show Deb some of that Love you alway show me, and feel free to leave her a comment! ;)

No Monkey Business

There's Only Love,

I am so excited to be a guest on Rebecca's Blog for our "Blog Swap & Hop".  I am Deb Thomas from Fabulously First blog and I am glad to meet everyone. I don't know about you but I think there is A LOT of information out there on "How To Organize Your Classroom".  If everyone that reads this post shares a helpful hint that they use it would probably create a "best seller".  I am going to briefly touch on four different areas of organization and hopefully we will all learn from each other. Here are the four areas that I thought would be beneficial:

1. DESK-What is with my desk and where did all these papers come from?
2. SUPPLIES-Where am I going to put all of these supplies anyway?
3. TECHNOLOGY-I love technology but why does it come with so many cords?
4. CLASSROOM-Do these kiddos really need this much construction paper? 

I would bet that you can relate to almost every single question on the list so lets get busy......  

1. DESK-What is with my desk and where did all these papers come from?

We I am always seeking the answer to this one so where is Yoda when you need him most? (oh my gosh, she is a nerd) One thing that I am doing this year is an organizational binder that contains all the information that my brain does not want to carry around.  There are many binders out there but we all want one that meets our own needs right?  Where do I put this binder so that I can grab it easily and find it on my desk?  I have this wonderful desktop organizer that I use from Really Good Stuff that looks like this.  Here is the place to go and get binder organizing sheets for free that you can use and customize to your own needs:

Click the pictures to view the product

2. SUPPLIES-Where am I going to put all of these supplies anyway?

This year my class is not having "community" property and all my kiddos have to keep up with their own supplies in a shoebox that will fit nice and neat in their desk. (Yeah right, in a perfect world)  The overflow materials are going to go into one of two of these fantastic three drawer containers with labels laminated and glued to the inside of the drawer.  (OK, so not only is she a nerd, she is delusional). 
3. TECHNOLOGY-I love technology but why does it come with so many cords?

Unfortunately technology does come with a lot of cords and they always seem to end up in places where they can't be seen or reached. Another issue is how many times a day do you have to log in for someone because the letters on the keyboard just don't seem to help? Here is an easy and simple solution to both problems:
 Click the images above to visit the post

Before you click on the second picture I must warn you that you are about to be sucked into a black hole of oooooohs and ahhhhhhhs and "how can this lady be a first grade teacher and do all of this anyway?"    

4. CLASSROOM-Do these kiddos really need this much construction paper? Really?

Yes, they really do need that much construction paper but I have the best solution to this E V E R!  The picture below is just pure genius and if you click on it you will travel once again to the (un)known kingdom of organization.....Am I keeping all of you busy or what?

OK, we are just about there and just when you thought it was safe I found two other tidbits I thought I would share.  When you do math journals this year (the composition notebooks) have someone cut them in half and they go further. (Check with Lowe's or Home Depot)  When you go to decorate your bulletin board and it is hanging behind the computers (like mine is-Ugh!) grab some tablecloths or material at your local Wal-mart.  If you grab material please make sure the pattern is going in the right direction?  (not only is she a nerd and delusional but she has no forethought)


I hope that as we close our time together that I have inspired you to share something with us that you discovered to work in your classroom.  If you want to share something that you have tried please share here on Rebecca's blog and come by and visit Fabulously First and share with me also.  Thank you Rebecca for allowing me to be a guest on your blog today, it was FABULOUS!  



  1. Hi! I've passed on The Lovely Blog Award to you. Please visit my blog to pick it up: Liv to Teach

  2. Thanks for all the great ideas, Deb. The first one on my list to try is the "cord solution" with the binder clips! I hope I can get it done BEFORE the fire marshall shows up. Yes, it's that bad. :-) So THANKS for the tips!
    Great post!

    Rebecca-So happy to have you blogging for me today! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  3. I love your organizational shares!! It is my goal this summer to be perfectly organized for next year. Thanks for giving me some ideas!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. Thank you for all of the organizational tips! I just love plastic drawer cabinets! So helpful!
    Conversations in Literacy

  5. Oh my goodness! I love the binder clip idea and the construction paper storage.

    Grade School Giggles

  6. Thank you, Deb, for your fabulous post! I love all of these ideas, especially the cutting in half of the journals and the plugs! I can't wait to use these ideas this next year!
    Teaching First

  7. My big goal for next school year? TO BE ORGANIZED just like you! ;)

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  8. OMGoodness! I think I just spent over an hour reading this along with all the links. Thanks for some FABULOUS ideas. Can't wait to use them in my classroom.

    So glad I found your blog and became your newest follower. :-)

    2nd Grade Pad


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