This year we decided to make the move to second grade…and to tables instead of groups of desks. I used tables years ago in fourth grade when we team taught, but had my father build a large cubby system. I didn’t want to have to build it again since I sold it off years ago.
Dandelions and Dragonflies uses the cheap black bookshelves from Wal-Mart for each table group. I loved the clean lines and appearance. And the price tag- it was much cheaper than the lumber and time and patience required from my fabulous father or husband to build cubbies!!
The students keep their individual supplies in school boxes (I am not sure if I am crazy about these- I am reserving my judgement until I have a bit more time with them) in the top drawer. The yellow strips hanging out our positive behavior system- The Golden Ticket. Straight from the brilliant Teeny Tiny Teacher! No judgement reserved there- LOVE it!
Here is a lovely, organized middle drawer. If you zoom in you can tell that the folder labels are ALSO color coded. It is a sickness, people.
The bottom drawer is a bit different. We were out of folders, but not drawers so I had to come up with something. So we decided to put a table set of white boards in there!
Inside the drawer is 5 white boards and a clear shoe box. In the clear shoe box is 5 really cheap white wash cloths from Wal-Mart. We use these as erasers. The last forever and are easy to take home and throw in the washer (if I ever remember to do that. I think I only did it once or twice with my old ones!). Inside the shoe box is also a large plastic Tupperware container with 5 black markers. ONLY black. No fighting-over-other-colors black. Can you tell I made the mistake of having different colors available at one time?
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.