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Organising the classroom is always a tough task as it depends on how much (or little) space you have. Of course, being organised with handouts and diaries is also something I find I need to stay on top of – so I did what any savvy teacher would do – I looked on Pinterest for ideas!

It was on Pinterest that I saw mailboxes/pigeon holes for students – awesome idea. Not being particularly talented in the building department I had a local retiree make me this gorgeous cupboard.

It was made in two pieces – boxes for the students which are big enough to take an A4 ring binder – and storage underneath to keep your own things away from others!

 In my first year I tried putting laminated name labels at the back of each mailbox. What I found was that it was difficult to quickly find the correct one. I had started with them in alphabetical order but with students coming and going it was out of order by the end of term.

So this year I trialled something new. Using 50mm bulldog clips I labelled each with a student’s name and colour coded the names (black for general and red for then students who got notes). I chose to attach them on the side so nothing got caught and it worked much better. You can buy the template I used on TPT.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mailbox-Labels-Template-to-fit-bulldog-clip-1608979

I am finally taking steps into the world of blogs. I have of course come across others in the past few years while searching for inspiration, but I haven’t actually delved into it myself…until now.
The reason I am starting the blog is because for the first time in years I find myself without a teaching contract. 2015 is open to a whole new experience – although that sounds rather scary in some ways.

About me then…
I am a primary school teacher who went to university later in life (by this I mean my late twenties) after years of working as a school services officer in both classroom support and in libraries. Once I graduated I worked in NIT (non-instructional time) and classroom roles – both in junior primary.

About me now…
This year started a lot of changes in my life, not least because I finally became a mum to two adorable children. I wouldn’t swap either for the world!

The only thing left to say is to let the new journey begin…I hope you come along for the ride.