Did you resolve to be organized? Forget it.

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Did you resolve to be organized? Forget it.

Let me Show You Something Even Better

I was reading a bunch of posts on social media the other day  (that’s my clever way of saying I was “facebooking”) and I noticed a load of teachers talking about how they made New Year’s Resolutions to “be organized” in their classrooms.

Some were laughing.

Some were serious.

Others still, were seriously laughing.

But it made a “ding” with me. When I think of organized I think of, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Which, I suppose is great, but it always leaves me hanging a bit. You see I am a woman of movement, doing, going. I also know that most teachers are in motion. Seriously, how could you not be, with 20+ other people constantly in your space?

This means we need more than just a place to keep stuff. We need a system for collecting, dispersing, and re-collecting. Then we need to save, stack, and store. We need organization that flows!

To help you along with flowing organization, today I share with you 3 easy-to-implement systems that I used in my classroom. These systems worked so well for me in the classroom, I brought them home with me for my office.  You can see them in today’s video.

So, if you resolved to be organized in 2013- or even if you didn’t- today’s Zap of Wynn will give you a great jumping off point for smoother sailing every day in your classroom.

Enjoy! And be sure to leave me a comment under the video! I love hearing from you.






| Organization, solutions, success, teaching | January 27, 2013

About the author

Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

3 Responses to "Did you resolve to be organized? Forget it."
  • […] posts on “social media”) I know you resolved to “get organized.” That was the reason for last week’s Zap of Wynn on creating systems in your classroom. Last week we focused on your systems. This week we focus on […]

  • Susan Heerd February 4, 2013

    Hello Wynn,
    When I taught Kindergarten I used a deep stacking wire basket unit. There was a basket for each day of the week. I stored all the materials I needed for each day, papers, trade books, manipulatives. etc. Anything too large for the baskets, big books etc. were stored between my desk and the the shelf the basket unit was stored on. Using any system like yours or this is great for a substitute as everything is in one handy place.
    I planned on Thursdays. By placing all of the materials in the baksets on Friday I was being given another look at what I had planned for the week. So come Monday I have planned everything, placed it in folders and look at everything daily before I use it. This way I have looked at the days lesson 3 times and know what is to be done and now I don’t have to carry around a plan book or constantly refer to it as I know what I am doing.
    Now that I am a reading teacher (resource teacher) I keep everyday’s material in kittie litter plastic containers on a shelf labeled Mon.- Fri. for my K students and the intervention for other students. This way I just take the container off the shelf to the table.

    • Wynn
      Wynn February 5, 2013

      Great systems! It feels so good to know what you’re doing doesn’t it?
      I hadn’t even thought about the substitute thing, but you are so right. Man, systems really do rock. LOL

      Stay authentic, joyful, and keep rockin’ system success,

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