A Place for Everything
I teach my students a very systematized way of organizing their desk supplies. Inside their desks, my students each have a blue box with a smaller box inside. They use the smaller boxes to store pencils, highlighters, erasers, and calculators. On the outside of their boxes, they keep their lunch cards and wallets. (We have a money system in the classroom). Next to their blue boxes, they each keep a black expanding folder that houses their academic work folders for different subjects.
At the beginning of each day, I have students take out the papers they will need and place these on top of their black folder in the order they will complete them. On their backs of their chairs, they each have a chair pocket where they keep their everyday folders. Students use these folders to keep their behavior charts and To Do lists handy. We do a blue box check every Monday to make sure that students stay on track with this system.
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