Can I just say that I am SO excited to be blogging again tonight! I feel like the craziness from the beginning of the year is finally starting to settle down and I'm hoping that means I can get back into the swing of things on my computer!
I was talking with some other fabulous teachers not too long ago that mentioned reading my blog and honestly I am so touched by that! I am thrilled to share the things I do in my classroom on this blog and it is amazing that it has the ability to reach teachers all over the world! It means so much to me to be part of such a great community of passionate educators. This is the best job ever!
Don't you just love when you make a little change that has a huge impact?
That is how I feel about our new table caddies this year!
Ever since Maria posted about these pretty-colored table caddies last summer, I have been desperately wanting them! Of course I was too late last summer and they were all sold out, so I had to wait this summer (and cross my fingers that they would have them again!) to finally get my hands on some!
I knew that I wanted to try these out in the middle of my teams this year, and I was on the lookout for the perfect cups to put inside.
Then I came across these at Ikea:
I honestly don't think I could've found something more perfect!! The cups matched my tubs exactly!
Each of my students has their own cup that they can keep some of their things in that they use every day. This has really helped cut down the piles of things that is usually in that little pencil dip towards the front of their desks.
They keep the following items in their cups:
* 3 sharpened pencils
*1 correcting marker
* 1 highlighter
Over time they try to start collecting other things in their cups/caddies (bookmarks, flashcards, random pieces of paper), but I have really been trying to enforce that the cups and caddies are only for the items mentioned above! All other items are in their pencil cases (not piled in the front of their desks!). I feel like this has helped their desks look a lot neater and the items they need are always right within reach (and aren't getting lost in their desks)!
I have my tables arranged so that my students are in teams of 4.
I only have 5 table teams right now, so the pink caddy is in a safe hiding spot, but I'm sure it will make an appearance sometime this year!
Last year my teams had numbers, but I didn't have any visuals, so I was always getting the teams mixed up. I am loving the colored caddies this year because now the teams go by color names and it is so easy to just look at a team and see what color they are by the caddy in the middle of their team!
I also created some new team point labels to help keep the points more organized-looking on the board!
We have been loving our table caddies this year and they definitely brighten up their tables!!
Hope you are all having a great week!
Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog!
I appreciate all of you! :)