This week I landed myself in the storage aisle at a local discount store and my wheels started churning. I thought I'd share two of the little projects I got completed! To start, my trip to find a wheeled cart ended up costing me a little bit more . . .
My thinking is this . . . if I create drawers with different purposes, I can match students up to drawers based on their needs. I have been brainstorming, and I think I've come to my "first draft" plan. I am going to have the top 2 drawers be "permanent" drawers housing fact practice. They will always be fact practice--but the activities will change. Some students will never need these drawers and other will use them often.
Some of the drawers will be for review activities and practice of previously learned skills. Some of the drawers will be for CURRENT units, and some will be "challenge" drawers. I think this might actually work, but I would love your feedback! So then I started thinking about the obvious question for organizationally challenged humans like me! Here is what I came up with . . .
I am thinking that I can keep a running list of activities by NUMBER. If drawers 1 and 2 are always fact practice, when I change the activity, I can note that. I DO need to figure out a way to keep track of what students are working in WHICH drawers! It's a start--and I would WELCOME any advice!
The other Monday Made It that I accomplished this week was an update of my "People Picker". I use popsicle sticks a LOT to pick partners, for selecting my Unique of the Week, to make groups, and so on. I also have a rule that I cannot pick more than two boys or girls in a row (alternating is too obnoxious) but it does ensure equality. Usually I have the popsicle sticks in a glass jar, but on my shopping expedition I saw the cutest jars that TOTALLY match my classroom! I used some extra ribbon . . .
And here it is! A newly created "People Picker"! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my new projects! Feel free to give me suggestions on my new I/E cart--I really could use some of you organized thinkers!