CAFE BOARD- My new cafe board is still in progress. One idea that I am really excited about is the magnetic (stove) burner covers from the dollar store. I am going to print the students' names on the a magnetic strip and they will place their name into whichever category they are working on. I like this better than post-it notes because they won't fall off!
ADD LABELS TO EVERYTHING- Look extra organized- label! I printed everything onto one color cardstock that will be together. I try to keep everything very uniform. Also, I spray painted that green shelf black- it looks much better. Here is a "before' picture of the board without the border. But mainly check out my labels!
FRAME YOUR BOARDS!- I added the same solid blue frame around ALL my bulletin boards. I have lots of bright colors in my room; by giving them all the same border it adds a uniform look. Also, all of my bulletin board paper is black (except for my cafe board). If you haven't added a border to your whiteboards, I would highly recommend it. It make them pop!
COMPUTER ORGANIZATION: As I set up my new classroom, I wanted to create a computer area that had enough room. To do this, I put the computers UNDER the tables and only leave the keyboard, mouse and monitor showing.
I gather all the cords tight and use zip ties to bind them. Cut off the extra piece!
Last, attach a label to the cord where it is being plugged in so you can easily find what you need. Download my computer labels below!
Also, I hated that you could still see all the cords under the tables. I had some extra fabric left over from the class curtains. I cut it to size and hot glued the edges under to that it wouldn't fray (easy no-sew tip!) Then I hot glued it to the table. No more ugly cords!
What are you doing differently for organization/setup this year?