Organization & Decoration

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Having a clear and easy-to-maintain organizational system for classroom materials not only sets the precedence and framework for students to be organized themselves, but lays a foundation for the procedures and routines that make instruction possible.  These pages will provide you with resources for organizing all of your materials in ways that are practical, attractive, and easy for you AND your students to maintain!

Pages in This Section

classroom organization and decoration tipsAvoiding the Paper Trap
Bulletin Board Problems Solved
Classroom Desk Arrangements
Creating a Cozy Classroom
Lesson Materials and Files
Teachers’ Best Organization Ideas


Other Pages Related to Organization

Visit the Classroom Tours section to see photos of how real teachers set up their classrooms!
Check out the Planning and Assessment section to see how to organize and manage your lesson plans!

My Favorite Classroom Organization Ideas on Pinterest

Follow Angela Watson’s Teaching Ideas’s board Classroom Organization on Pinterest.

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Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience and 7 years experience as an instructional coach. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has created printable curriculum resources, 4 books, 3 online courses, the Truth for Teachers podcast, and The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Subscribe via email to get her best content sent to your inbox!

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1 Mary July 12, 2010 at 11:43 am

I just finished reading two of your devotions. They are so inspiring to me, especially the part about God not giving us more than we can handle. Sometimes I really question this because I don’t know how he can expect to handle everything that I am. I am allowed to copy this and show it to me principal so read can possibly read it aloud at a Faculty meeting, or is this not allowed. Just wanted to make sure I didn’t do somethingwrong with copyrights.
Thanks for that you do!!


2 Angela Watson July 13, 2010 at 10:44 am

Hi, Mary, thanks for sharing and also for asking permission. Absolutely, you can share this with your principal. My only request is that you write the URL (website link) at the bottom of the page so people know where you got it from. Enjoy! :-)


3 Kristine Ross September 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

Any ideas about arranging an inclusive classroom that has two students in wheelchairs and two ED/BD students. Thanks!


4 Angela Watson September 7, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hi, Kristine! Obviously you’re going to need slightly wider walkways in your classroom to accommodate the kids in wheelchairs; if you don’t have a lot of room, try to make sure the pathways to the bathroom/sink and common meeting area (like a rug or carpet) are the broadest. For your ED/BD kids, you may want to create a quiet area where they can go to regroup if needed. This can be a carpet square or a desk, whatever you think will meet their needs the best. :-)


5 Sarah August 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

Hi Angela,

Can you tell me where you got your cursive alphabet?

Thank you!


6 Angela Watson August 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Hi, Sarah! I’m not sure which one you mean…the one with the yellow background? I got that one from either got that from a teacher supply store (probably or from another teacher who didn’t want it anymore. Hope that helps!


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