It's confession time. I am awesome at making stations. Math, literacy---you name it. I'm even pretty good at remembering to print, laminate, and cut them in time for their debut in the classroom.
Storing them? That's a completely different story. When it comes to saving my station materials in a nice, orderly manner, it's rather embarrassing. Shoving them all in a box is just SO EASY, you guys.
But you know what's not easy? Having to remake half of my materials the following year, and the year after that, because I was too lazy to find a suitable way to organize.
You may be asking, "Well, Erin, what about plastic bins?"
"Have you tried file folders?"
"I looooove using shoe boxes to store mine. Have you tried those?"
Yes. Takes up too much space, pieces fall out and get lost, and nobody has enough shoe boxes for my classroom needs. But thanks for the suggestions!
At long last...PROBLEM. IS. SOLVED. Introducing, the super organized, only s-l-i-g-h-t-l-y time-consuming (3 steps, people!), station storage solution:
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. Really:
1. Put pieces in large Ziploc bag.
2. Line left-hand side of bag with duct tape, folding over so both sides are covered.
3. Triple hole punch that bad boy, stick it in a binder, and voila!
This works well for flat pieces, and for stations that require extra materials (dice, markers, etc.), I just attach a tag to the bag for easy assembly.
This is AWESOME because now, my stations aren't randomly strewn throughout my room AND the binders can be sorted by month/theme and neatly stored on a bookshelf. The trick to this is starting from DAY 1 so you can establish healthy habits for the year.
I don't remember where I first heard of or saw this idea, but if I ever meet the person who is the brains behind this operation, I will hug and kiss them all over.
Here's to making life easy! Visit the links below for even MORE bright ideas that are sure to save you time, effort, and headaches.
Bright & Organized,