In a message dated 02/01/2004 10:09:34 AM Eastern Standard Time,
I am finding the key to working off of three carts (one for each level) is
ORGANIZATION!!! I use every second of my free time setting everything up. I
have set up a scrap box and and smaller color coded scrap boxes. I have a
recycle box (for egg cartons and the like) and a box for newspaper (go through
them a lot). I have a box top for each class- to save work. I have collected a
variety of baskets, bowls, boxes to cart around supplies and hand every thing
I suggest see-through plastic stackable bins (I like the Sterilite brand).
They are very easy to carry around and you can keep a cover on them when you're
not using the materials inside. I have them in all sizes and I label each
one with what's inside. In my storage closet I even put them in aphabetical
order so I can find what I'm looking for in an instant. I also like my wooden
scissor holder with places for 30 pairs of scissors. When I worked from a cart
I had the district enclose a shelf on the cart and add doors and a padlock.
There I kept my irreplacable or costly supplies, such as scissors. If you
can't do this on your cart maybe adding a sign on your plastic bins in your
communal storage space such as "Please DO NOT touch" will help deter others from
"borrowing" your supplies.
Susan on Long Island