Here's a website to check out for ideas in classroom organization and management. You can find classroom storage suggestions, tips for managing papers, and ideas for setting up your space and designing your classroom walls. I liked the 'Frugal Classroom Storage Containers' section. The storage suggestions here were unique and most of them were free or really cheap.
This chapter from the Handbook for Qualities of Effective Teachers was written to merge effective teacher research with professional practice. A variety of questions can guide you through this chapter including: How do you decide on your class rules? What routines/procedures do you use to make the learning environment run more smoothly? What was/is your greatest frustration with classroom management and organization? How can the research and/or ideas assist you?
TeacherKit is a classroom organization app that makes day-to-day instruction easier by simplifying procedures involved with class administration. Through this app, you can complete the important tasks of classroom management. This includes tracking students’ attendance, assigning grades, and monitoring behavior. It is available for K-12 teachers and it works with all common devices. The basic app is free, and the premium membership is $39.99 yearly.
Is noise level ever a frustration in your classroom? If so, implement this app into your daily classroom instruction and routines. This app allows you to view volume levels using a number scale. Through the application, you can identify a filter and an offset value, so you can attain a more accurate reading. This is a helpful tool for keeping students informed of their noise level, so they eventually learn how to better manage their volume on their own.
Socrative is an instant response system for students. The teacher creates a quiz and assigns it to students. Students can use phones or another device to answer the questions. Responses are displayed to the teacher automatically which allows the teacher to know how well all of the students in the class are grasping the concept being assessed. It's free for K-12 educators unless you select Socrative Pro which is $29.99 annually.
Google Classroom is free for schools, and it's available for anyone with an educational account through Google Apps. The application is easy to setup and add students. Students can be anywhere to receive their assignments as long as they have a phone or other online device. Assignments can include links, media recordings, videos and much more. While you can design paperless assignments for your class, you can also score and record their submissions through the app.
In this article, there are 100 teacher tips for creating an attractive, organized, and effective environment where your students can thrive. I found some helpful suggestions on the section called 'Keep Transitions Fun' (#74-80). Transition time can be a challenging time for students and teachers, having creative ways to handle transitions can be a valuable piece to your teacher toolbox.
If you teach with limited access to technology, Plickers can be a fun and engaging tool for collecting quick data on your students' understanding of a concept or skill. Using printed coded cards passed out to each student, the teacher uses a smartphone or tablet to gather real-time formative assessment information. It gives all students the opportunity to engage in the learning without feeling nervous or self-conscious, plus it's a way to collect data that is fun for the students.