Hello Organized Classroom Readers,
It’s Kristy from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog. I have been blogging on this site for the past few months about keeping your physical space organized, but what about your digital space?
This month I thought I would share how I organize all my digital files to be able to find things quickly.
1. I have a folder on my desktop labelled “Teaching Stuff” – I save all my school related files in this folder. They do not get saved on a memory stick or anywhere else in the My Documents area. This way it is just one folder to drag and drop on to an external drive to back up all my data. Also it is only one place to look when I need a digital copy of something I purchased or created. I changed the icon to reflect an old school floppy disk so this folder would stand out from the others on my desktop.
2. In the teaching stuff folder, I have all the subject areas that I have taught in different labelled folders. I also have folders for extra areas like curriculum, long range plans, classroom management ideas, foldables etc. Customize your folders based on your needs.
3. Within each subject folder I have it divided by grade level.
4. And lastly within each grade level I have it divided up by unit.
This might seem overwhelming at first, but I guarantee the time invested in this organization will prevent those last minute panic attacks trying to find something.
Time Tip – I organize my files while I talk on the phone. I put my friends/family on speaker phone and tackle one folder per conversation. It’s a win/win. I get to organize and socialize at the same time.
Until next month!