The One Thing You Need In Your Classroom This Year

The One Thing You Need in Your Classroom This Year

I firmly believe that organization will make your life as a teacher so much easier. Here is what I recommend is the number one thing that you need in the classroom to keep you organized and on your A game, it’s a teacher cart. But once you get your cart there is so much more than that. One mistake that a lot of teachers make is they get their cart and then just throw random stuff on there, it becomes a catch all for everything. This is not helping you get organized. You need a plan for your teacher rolling cart. Lucky for you I have gathered tons of the best rolling cart inspirations and I will show you genius ways to use your cart that you have not even thought of yet. Plus, I will show you may favorite carts and where to get them. Sound good?

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Use Your Teacher Cart for Supply Organization

The most common use of a teacher cart is for supply organization. This is helpful with supplies just for you or supplies for the students because you can quickly wheel the cart around to where you will need the supplies. Check out how some of my favorite supply carts below to get inspired to create your own organized masterpiece.

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Take a cue from this teacher and get some containers to further divide your rolling cart. You can pick some up at the dollar store or the dollar section of Target. This cart also has a great example of pretty labels. Read on to discover more ideas to label your teacher cart.

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These containers clip on to the outside of your cart for extra storage, because everyone love extra storage. You can get these at Ikea. Extra bonus for labeling them with the types of supplies they will be holding.

Below are my favorite supply organization containers for your teacher cart and where to find them. Number eight are small magnetic containers and number 9 is magnetic tape in case your cart is not magnetic. Bonus, the tape is for dry erase markers too!

SUPPLY ORGANIZATION | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | SCISSOR CADDY | SCISSORS INCLUDED!

TWO | 12 PACK CLEAR CONTAINERS

THREE | 6 PACK PAPER ORGANIZER BASKETS

FOUR | 8 COLORFUL BASKETS

FIVE | LIGHT BLUE 172 PIECE CLIPS AND TACS

SIX | 10 PIECE COLORFUL ORGANIZER

SEVEN | BLACK MESH ORGANIZER

EIGHT | 12 PACK MAGNETIC TINS WITH LABELS

NINE | DRY ERASE & MAGNETIC DUCT TAPE

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I love how this teacher has a bright fun spot for all the supplies. Do you love her bright colorful supply containers? You can re-create these for your class with tin cans covered in decorative duct tape!

Here are my favorite duct tapes that you could use to do the same thing. I also included a couple decorative washi tapes and masking tapes that would be fun for decorating too. Plus, read on to discover more fun ideas to use decorative tape for.

DECORATIVE DUCT TAPE | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | 24 ROLLS DECORATIVE MASKING TAPE

TWO | FEATHERS DUCT TAPE

THREE | 12 PACK COLORFUL DUCT TAPE

FOUR | 12 PACK PATTERNED DUCT TAPE

FIVE | 40 PACK GLITTER WASHI TAPE

SIX | NEON SHARKS

SEVEN | LLAMA DUCT TAPE

EIGHT | DOG PARTY

Use Your Teacher Cart for Paper Organization

Another great purpose for your teacher rolling cart is to organize all the papers. This works especially well with the tall carts with individual drawers. Of course, you have to label what is inside too. Check out some inspiration below to get all those papers organized.

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This doubles as organizing your papers and your never ending to do list! It is separated by the days of the week, plus papers to grade, and extra paper.

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This colorful cart is a great place to keep resources and papers organized by subject such as reading writing, math, science, social studies and of course all those extra copies.

Here are some tall drawer carts that would be perfect for your paper organization.

TALL ROLLING CARTS WITH DRAWERS | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | 10 DRAWER MULI-COLORED CART

TWO | WHITE 10 DRAWER CART

THREE | 10 DRAWER RAINBOW CART

FOUR | 10 DRAWER BLACK CART

FIVE | 8 DRAWER GRADIENT GREY

Label Your Teacher Cart

Organization is so much better with labels, especially pretty ones. You can create your own labels for your cart in Word or you can purchase custom labels.

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I like how this teacher created labels that match her cart with pretty fonts that really stand out.

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These custom label stickers in pretty font look great on this teacher rolling cart.

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Or save time on labeling and pick up a cart that already has cute labels like this one from Michaels.

Make it Pretty

I don’t know about you but when I make something look nice, I am more motivated to keep it organized. Check out below some ideas to make your teacher cart look pretty.

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Cute little matching containers is a great way to keep it all organized and also make it look pretty.

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Here is another example of tiny containers that you can get at the dollar store to make your cart look nice and neat.

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This teacher added her favorite duct tape to her teacher cart and it makes it look like a custom one of a kind cart. I also love how she added it to a few of the containers to keep everything coordinated.

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Again, with the pretty little containers. Bonus points for the fun little pom garland that makes a cute accessory.

Below check out my favorite small containers that would look great on your rolling cart.

PRETTY PENCIL CUPS | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | 2 PACK ROSE GOLD PENCIL CUPS

TWO | TEAL PENCIL CUP WITH ARROWS

THREE | FOUR PACK PENCIL CUP

FOUR | MARBLE PENCIL CUP

FIVE | PINEAPPLE PENCIL CUP

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Organize by Days of the Week

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These tall rainbow carts are perfect to organize with the days of the week and 5 more to use as you wish. Read to the end to find out where you can get this rolling cart.

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Here is another example of organizing by the days of the week that I had to show you because the labels make this cart and add so much personality.

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I love the cactus themed days of the week labels.

Teacher Cart With Activities for Students

A teacher rolling cart is a great place to place activities that students can do on their own. That way when they have free time or are done with their work early, they can help themselves to what’s in the cart and of course return it to where it belongs when they are finished.

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This first-grade teacher has created this activity card full of everything playdoh including ideas for what the kids can create. Kids could help themselves and keep themselves occupied during indoor recess or free time in the classroom.

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This cart is packed with fun activities for the students that you could switch out every month or so.

Stem Station Teacher Cart

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This second-grade teacher has created this portable Stem station with task cards and the bottom row is materials for indoor recess.

Turn it Into a Guided Reading Cart

I love the idea of creating a guided reading cart. You can organize books by reading level and your students can help themselves to their books when its reading time.

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This teacher has her books organized by reading level in little plastic containers on each shelf. Then she has also included a guided reading binder to keep it all organized.

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The same cart beautiful from both sides!

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Organize Your Teacher Cart By Subject

Another great organization idea is to organize your cart by subject area. It is especially useful to add your subjects with a lot of handouts, books or supplies. Then when it is time for that subject just wheel it on out and you are good to go.

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This teacher has put her most used teacher supplies up top for easy access and then has her math and ELA small group supplies handy on the bottom shelves.

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This cart is ready to go for math, reading and writing supplies such as flash cards, games, center activities and supplies. The pretty labels are a bonus.

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If you want to take it up a level take a cue from this teacher and create a cart for each subject!

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This first-grade teacher has created a resource cart, so she is ready for small groups, math workshops and literacy time.

Organize Technology

If those tablets drive you a little crazy with running out of batteries and organizing which ones are charged and which ones need charging then this is the cart you need.

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I love this idea from this 1st grade teacher from Maryland. At the end of the day she has her technology helper wheel the cart back and plug in all the Chromebooks and she is good to go for the next day. Plus, her labels are so fun too!

Calm Down Carts

Imagine a rolling resource to help kids manage their emotions and calm down when they need a little help. Check out what these teachers put in their calm down kits to copy the idea for your class.

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This teacher created this calm down kit that is packed with everything that a student needs to calm themselves including mindful coloring pages, a glitter bottle, puzzles, stress balls, bubbles, yoga poses and more let’s check out some more details of what she’s got in there.

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Her resources help her students learn coping mechanisms with cues like think of something happy and positive affirmations.

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These cards give the students cues to calm down and a guide to help them name and manage their emotions.

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Here some resources that the kids can pick up and take to a quiet spot to practice techniques such as yoga poses and emotion self-management techniques.

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Squishy items and toys with textures are a must for your calm down cart.

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A child can practice taking five deep breaths as they rip the Velcro off of the sheets.

Inspirational Teacher Cart

These next few teacher carts I love because they have inspirational messages on them. I love the idea of placing motivational messages anywhere you can in the classroom. You can never have too many kind words or positive affirmations in your class.

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The words every student needs to hear dream big, work hard, be kind.

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This teacher had custom labels made with her classroom motto motivate, educate and differentiate. I’m obsessed!

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This teacher stores her morning choice options for the students in this pretty inspirational cart.

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This positive supply cart would put a smile on anyone’s face.

Teacher Carts Where to Find

Wait you don’t have a teacher cart yet? No prob I got you covered. Below check out by absolute favorite rolling carts and where to find them.

These are the classic 3-tiered rolling carts in a rainbow of colors.

3 TIER TEACHER CARTS | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | TEAL 3 TIER TEACHER CART

TWO | BLACK 3 TIER ROLLING CART

THREE | LIGHT PINK CART

FOUR | WHITE ROLLING CART

FIVE | WHITE TEACHER TROLLEY

SIX | YELLOW TEACHER CART

SEVEN | BLACK TEACHER TROLLEY

EIGHT | PINK 3 TIER ROLLING CART

I love these ones because they have extra storage, small hooks and a little peg board on the side.

TEACHER CARTS WITH EXTRA STORAGE | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | WHITE CART WITH MINI PEGBOARD

TWO | TEAL CART WITH EXTRA STORAGE

THREE | GREY TEACHER CART

FOUR | WHITE CART WITH PEGBOARD

These ones are great because they have a double set of drawers and a flat surface on top for extra storage.

ROLLING CART WITH TWO ROWS OF DRAWERS | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | BLACK TWO ROW CART

TWO | TWO ROW RAINBOW CART

THREE | 15 DRAWER MULTICOLOR CART

FOUR | WHITE STORAGE CART

Now you have twelve ideas of what to do with your teacher cart and you know where to get the very best ones and you have the best ideas to keep them organized and looking gorgeous. What idea are you going to try with your teacher cart this year? Will you make it a guided reading station, a stem station, organize it by day of the week or by subject area. Maybe you going to try another one of the ideas in this post. Do you have a great way that you use your rolling cart that I have not listed here? Leave a comment and let me know and maybe I will feature it in an upcoming post.

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