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Re: A Tidy and Well Organized Room

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Christine Merriam (
Fri, 28 Nov 1997 13:41:51 +0000

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Re: Organization
For years I used the boxes that cases of soda pop come in to organize
materials for each table of students (and still do). Finally the
school bought one of those cabinets with 48 trays... wonderful thing!
The students know where things are and where to put them away. Also, a
handyman teacher took the trunk of a small cedar tree, sliced it into
4" thick segments, and drilled holes in it... 4 for pencils, 4 for
scissors. (Tables in my room seat 4) These are passed out at the
beginning of each class, and I check them at the end of each class.
Each student has a portfolio (a folded 24'x18" paper) which holds all
their flat work till the end of the year. I have cubby shelves and
keep each class's portfolios in a separate cubby.
BUT..... I am looking across the room at my "messy table" which has
boxes of newspapers underneath and crates of assorted stuff on top...
that still needs work. Also, storage for 3-D projects is practically
non-existant... the cafeteria supplies me with apple and orange boxes
which I use for each class when we are working on a 3-D activity...
also, I try to keep those projects small in scale, or send them back
to the classroom at the end of class, and hope they get displayed
Good Luck :)
Chris Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School

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