Yesterday, I posted a new Forum Q&A post about organization. If you are the kind of teacher who enjoys using games and props during lessons, it’s not easy to find a system for storing and organizing everything! I’m always on the look-out for better ways to stay organized.
Here’s a picture of my current system:
My local office supply store sells these clear portfolios. They aren’t cheap, but I love being able to see everything inside the pockets at a glance! One time, I happened to find some of these portfolios at a dollar store, so I stocked up.
These portfolios are made in all kinds of sizes and colors.
(Pictured: Rhythm Value Cards)
Currently, I just keep these portfolios stacked on top of each other in a drawer, with other props nearby:
(Pictured, going counter-clockwise: Rhythm Cards stored in small zipper bags, Musical AlphaGems, spinners, balls for hand shape, Mozart Mouse/Beethoven Bear, DIY Silent Keyboards, and Piano Finger Twister.)
The only bad thing about my system is that this drawer isn’t very close to where I sit when I teach. I do keep a few things near me in my filing cabinet (like glass gems to play the Amazing Keyboard Race). But unless I plan ahead, I have to go across the room to fetch the game I need during the lesson. It’s not ideal, but it works okay for me!
Please don’t forget to share about your organizational system by commenting on this post. I love all the comments shared so far — keep ’em coming!
Update: Here is a more recent blog post about game organization.