Whether it’s back to school or the start of the second semester, refreshing and organizing your PE storage space will make it easier to get back into the swing of things. Don’t start the semester with a mess on your hands. Use these tips to get your PE learning space ready to take on whatever the new semester has in store.
3 Tactics for Updating & Refreshing Your PE Storage Space
Lesson plans and learning objectives are made easier and more fun with an organized system for PE equipment storage. You might not have the budget to buy all-new storage supplies, but these strategies will make it easier to find what you need quickly!
Design a Simple Labeling System
Not only will you have to be able to read and use your labeling system on a daily basis, but you’ll want to make it simple enough to explain to a substitute where things are and where they go once they’ve been used. Two factors go into the creation of a simple and useful labeling system:
- A Standardized Code: Whether you choose to use numbers, colors, or letters, the code for your PE storage space should be standard and uncomplicated.
- Easy to Read: Whether you create handwritten labels or Post-it notes to attach to your bins and baskets, it’s important that they’re neat and easy to read from a distance.
Emphasize Ease of Access
The equipment you use most often should be easy to access, which seems like common knowledge. However, you might try a new lesson plan or activity if less commonly used equipment is accessible. Try to maximize your storage space and label equipment bins and baskets to make it easy to quickly grab and use all of your supplies.
Straighten Up Your Repair Station
No matter how carefully you store the equipment, wear and tear will happen, and maintenance will be necessary. An efficient repair station will help to keep your equipment in the game for as long as possible.
- Keep Basic Repair Tools in Working Condition: From your air pump to your duct tape, you’ll want to ensure you are stocked and ready to take on quick repairs throughout the busy week.
- Organized for Efficiency: Keep your most frequently used repair and maintenance tools within reach and not tucked away in a box. When you have a spare 30 seconds to take a look at that flat volleyball or torn pinnie, you won’t want to have to spend time searching.
More PE Environment Tips & Inspiration
Need more ways to take the new semester or school year to the next level? Check out all the inspiration on our blog! You’ll find lesson plan ideas and more tips and tricks for PE and classroom teachers. Also, visit the online store for the latest deals and new PE equipment to keep your students engaged and active.
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