Sunday, September 30, 2012

Table by Table Organizational Supply

The start to any school year can be overwhelming and with a switch to a new school, a new grade level, and a strike the second week of school this was certainly an interesting beginning of the year!

A new start for me meant that I got to rethink many of the procedures and organizational strategies I had used for the past few years. As I switched from second to third grade I wondered how I should handle school supplies. With my second graders I passed out scissors, glue, colored pencils, or markers each time they needed them. Would there be a way to save time with third graders?

I reached out to Brandi, from Really Good Stuff, who I met last year at the International Reading Association Conference. I wanted to know what she recommended for organization of supplies. She offered to have me review their Four Compartment Caddies. This way each table could have their supplies at the ready, rather than waiting for them to be passed out. Her one warning was that I might find the compartments to be a little small.

And guess what? The small compartments were my favorite part! Look at how nicely everything stands up in the compartments!

Because the compartments are smaller than in most caddies, it is really easy for my students find what they need and put the items away in the correct compartments. There is enough room to store scissors, glue, markers, regular pencils, and colored pencils!! One of my tables has even added erasers to the large compartment where they store their markers.

If there's ever a time I don't want my students to access these supplies, the handles on top make it super easy for a student to carry the supplies off to a shelf on the side of the room.

If you'd like your own set of Four Compartment Caddies with Handles (and you are a US Resident over the age of 18) you can enter my giveaway!

To enter you can enter by doing any of the following:
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2) Leave a comment talking about the best organizational advice you have for the classroom!
3) Follow me on Twitter (@KarynTeaches)
4) Follow Really Good Stuff on Twitter

One entry for each! Leave a comment for each with your e-mail address!

Giveaway ends on October 7th at midnight! I will announce the (randomly selected) winner after that!

Classroom Pictures

Here is a glimpse of my room all set up before school started!

At the front of the room!

View From the Door

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Math Wall

Another View from the Door

Yet Another View From the Door!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Welcome to Karyn Teaches, the blog! I am hoping to use this blog as a way to share the learning and thinking I am doing as I transition to third grade and a new school!

I'll still be blogging over at Doing the Daily 5 as I use the Daily 5 for the second year.

Check back soon for new ideas!

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