Tips and Tricks for Organization When Taking Your Class to the Computer Lab
You probably spend quite a bit of time building classroom procedures and routines in your classroom. But what happens when you take your class out of your classroom?! A common time is when you take your class to the computer lab. All of sudden the same students who know the routine in the classroom are unprepared and asking where everything is, or forgot materials in class.
What can you do to prevent this?
The best solution that I know of is a small box or even a clipboard, or one of the clipboards with space inside. This allows you, as the teacher, to have one quick thing to grab on the way out of the classroom with everything you and your students will likely need.
I have seen teachers use the top of a box of copy paper, as another handy (and free!) solution.
What should be in your magic box?
It is, of course, up to your particular situation but here is a good starting point.
- Class rosters (seating chart if you want them to have assigned seats)
- A list of important phone numbers (we get one with all the administrators, main office secretary, nurse, counselors, etc.)
- Blank paper
- A small case of pencils and pens
- About 15 or so copies of various puzzles or filler work (in case someone needed to kill time)
- Extra copies of the assignment.
- If you want students to be assigned to a certain computer, bring this list.
Why is this important?
I have seen teachers in absolute chaos because they get to the computer lab and students are asking for another copy of the assignment, or a student shows up late and didn’t get the assignment. Perhaps a student causes trouble, or has a medical situation, and you don’t have the phone number to call an administrator or nurse!
Teacher friends, these problems are so easily prevented! Make yourself a supply bag/box/clipboard that you can grab on the way out and make your day in the computer lab go so much more smoothly!
What suggestions do you have to bring with you, or to make sure you stay organized? I’d love to hear them in the comments, or directly in my email