Sarah spent 15 years organizing and managing middle school classrooms full of adolescents, paper and electronic information, curriculum, parents and the occasional administrator. She borrowed, developed and shared systems for keeping everything organized and under control, and is excited to help you get your classroom in tip top shape for your students. Invite her to your school for a free 1-2 hour in-service training sessionfor new or interested faculty members wanting to reduce chaos in their classroom environment.
The first question Sarah will ask when she comes into your classroom is, “What is the chaos zone you absolutely have to tackle in order to feel more at ease and in control in this room.” The number one answer for most teachers? Their desk: the teacher’s command center. So much happens at or is stored in and around a teacher’s desk that having efficient systems and storage containers is essential. We will work together to completely clear out the zone, analyze what can be tossed, what can be stored elsewhere and what absolutely must be kept in/on/under/near the command center. It is also imperative that teachers decide how much access others may have to the items near and on the desk, and broadcast that accessibility or privacy to students and other visitors.
The next most chaotic zone is typically book cases and areas that students are free to access. Sarah focuses on your current systems and helps you tweek or completely transform them so that everyone in the classroom is able to manage materials and space with more respect and awareness, eliminating as much chaos and waste as possible. Supply closets and drawers that hold art materials, curriculum manipulatives and past student work will be cleaned, rearranged and ready for the next big project.
Finally, Sarah will help you rethink how to support students in managing their own binders, backpacks and desk areas so that they learn what is going to be the best system for keeping important papers, completing and turning in homework and major projects, managing their time, and being organized and successful in the classroom and at home. She loves working with children and adolescents, having taught middle school for close to 20 years, and raising a middle-school daughter who is entering 8th grade. She is available to work one-on-one organizing teens or in small groups at school or in a residence to organize backpacks, bedrooms and closets. She especially understands how to make back to school and week day mornings blast off for success.
Sarah has a Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and currently serves on the Dean’s Leadership Council at HGSE. She has single subject credentials in English and History, and has taught Drama and French. She offers in-service training or small group workshops for teachers who are new to the profession or struggle to keep up with the demands of assignments, curricula, email/phone correspondence.
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