I have a fantastic Lakeshore Communication Center that is meant to house book boxes on the bottom and serve as student mailboxes on top. I purchased it because I was eager to switch from book baggies to book boxes, and I loved that transition. Since I don't have desks in my room, I prefer to use the mailboxes to store student books by table. I am a labeling queen, and I struggled with how to label the mailboxes without damaging the shelves.
I started with a simple binder clip: and printed my labels on regular mailing labels, but changed the text direction so I could use the labels vertically. It ended up being a very easy task!
|How to label shelves or mailboxes using binder clips|
|Each column is labeled by text book. Each row is labeled by table name.|
Below are some additional close-ups of my room. For those of you who aren't yet addicted to Pinterest, I highly recommend you check it out! Pinterest has given me many ideas for ways to upgrade my classroom environment.
|An updated photo of my writing center|
|Writing tools, accessible to students for more independence during Writer's Workshop|
|Ikea buckets and velcro make perfect pencil holders!|
|Important phone numbers posted for substitutes|
(Free from mrsriccaskindergarten.blogspot.com)
I like to seat my students heterogeneously, but during writing it's easier to conference with small groups if they are seated homogeneously. When students return to their "writing seats," the table leader grabs his group's bin from below. Each group is named after a favorite author. The bins hold their personal word walls, writing folders, and any other resources that group needs during writer's workshop. The sign above the bins will have the students' names to show which group they are in. This will change throughout the year.
|Another Pinterest find!|
What little tricks have you learned this year that you don't know how you lived without?