Teaching is a highly respected vocation, not to mention possibly also the most responsible and one of the toughest. Primary and secondary school teachers, however, have it a lot harder than most, which means that they can use all the help they can get. Whilst every teacher has their own way of teaching and bringing out the best in their kids, this article will look at more generic options to help in the classroom. So if you are new to teaching or are studying to become a teacher at some point, you will find these little tips to be incredibly useful, especially because these are related to storage. And as we all know, kids are great at scattering things around, which makes storage a key feature.
Children respond best to colours and visuals, which means that they also need to be taught in the same way. They do not respond to nor understand technicalities very well, especially at such a young age, making it necessary to incite a little creativity. Things like crayons and pencils are easily misplaced, so why not set up a colour co-ordinated system within the classroom? Organize all the pencils and crayons under each colour, and make a game out of it. They will not only actually follow the system, but they will also thoroughly enjoy the process!
Invest In Good Cupboards
Or even a sturdy school locker if you will. Anything that pretty much keeps everything securely under lock and key. Mind you, as young as they may be, kids are also incredibly sharp and pick things up really fast, making it difficult to keep things out of reach. Use the locker to store important things needed for teaching that you cannot really lug up and down and back and forth all the time. It is not practical to keep them on your desk, so avoid the stress and hassle by opting for this instead.
Make Storage Jars
With recyclable material that is. So for instance, you could use tins and tubs they may have stored about in the house, and make an entire project of it. Get them to make their own little storage unit, where they can keep their pencils, erasers and more. Have them take care of their own units, and be responsible for them as well. They can take them on their way into the classroom in the morning, and give it back to you on their way out. It will help them feel personally invested as well.
Assign a Leader
Another great way to maintain the peace in the classroom is to entrust one of the kids each week with some responsibilities, like a class monitor for example. They love the sense of authority, and feel quite chuffed to take on the job, so why not let them step in? You can ask each week’s leader to keep an eye on all storage in the classroom, help keep it organized, and assist with any issues that crop up. This sort of role also helps build character, as they begin to understand that there is some responsibility involved as well. They also learn how to problem-solve and help one another, which as anyone will agree, are skills everyone should be taught in their lives from an early age.