organize and plan for an effective classroom

An effective classroom comes down to three things – classroom management, organization, and planning. From the first day students step into your classroom each year, these three factors come into play to foster a classroom community. That's because in an effective classroom students understand what they should be doing and how to do it. They know how to treat one another and the expectations and routines that form the norms. 

However, few of us get enough support or training for how to create this effective classroom environment. That's why I've put together some of my favorite articles on the topic to help you. You'll find resources, strategies, and tips that will leave you confident that your classroom could run itself if you were out for a day. 

Getting Started: Creating an effective Classroom

Getting ready for a new school year? Check out these articles about structuring your classroom for relationship-building. These strategies and resources are designed to be used to help you get back-to-school planning off to a great start. 

Must Teach Procedures for the First Days of School
Easy activities to help build classroom community during the first days of the new school year.

learn more about classroom organization & planning

Looking for strategies to help your classroom run more smoothly? This is where you'll find tips and tools for classroom organization, sub prep, and more to help you stress less so you can focus more on what really matters. 

5 Ways to Reduce Back-to-School Stress - Things to do at the end of the year to smooth things out for next year.
How to Declutter Your Classroom for the End of the Year
Indoor Recess Games & Activities for Elementary Students
Why you should spend more time walking around your classroom
26 back to school books to help you get your year started - these books focus on classroom rules and procedures and building a strong classroom community from day 1. Sign up for a free activity to help your students get to know one another, too!
Easy activities to help build classroom community during the first days of the new school year.

shop for organization & sub prep materials

Finding high-quality, engaging resources for a sub can be a challenge. Click your grade level to find ready-made sub plans that are designed to take the stress out of missing a day. 

free classroom organization tools

Trying to get your classroom organized? 

Sign up to get a free resource, new strategies, and ideas to help you create an effective classroom this school year. Whether you're stressed about having a substitute or trying to get your ducks in a row for organizing your teacher binder, I've got you covered. 

Free Sub Binder

FREE SUB BINDER TEMPLATES

Save time by getting your sub binder organized and ready in advance. This fillable freebie has everything you need to prep for your substitute all year long. Just enter your info to access your copy now. 

Free Teacher Binder

CLASSROOM BINDER

Get organized with this fillable classroom binder template. With multiple options including full color, low-color, and black & white, you'll find everything you need. Just add textboxes and type in your own information.