Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Clipboards in the Classroom

I currently store my clipboards in blue bins from Dollar Tree.  I like them because the sides are taller than a dishpan so they don't topple and it doesn't have as large of a footprint as a milkcrate (which I've also used and didn't hate). It's a perfect size for about 1/3 of a class set which is ideal because I like having them stationed around the room instead of in only one location.  That way when I say, "grab a clipboard and meet me on the rug" there isn't one giant cluster of kids.  The only downside is that bins from the Dollar Tree that get daily use don't hold up.  So I did some poking around to see if there were better ideas out there.

I don't know if they are better, but there are some cute options.  And since I have "clipboards on the brain" today, I wanted to share some pictures and ideas.  If you don't have a class set of clipboards I recommend investing.  They are usually available at the Dollar Store so it isn't a huge cost, but they are so handy to have for floor work, computer research, centers to go, etc.


I adore this bucket-o-boards. As a type-A, OCD freak I almost welcome the chaos of clipboards being dropped in all random-like because I wouldn't have that pressing urge to straighten them up all the time.

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Here's a super cute twist on the above bucket...chalkboard paint.  I'm starting to think my classroom needs some chalkboard paint.
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These are the same bins that I use...however, mine are blue and have these labels on them.
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I did hang my boards like this one year using push pins.  Overall, it wasn't a total fail, but the pins did start to fall out and once they did they were hard to keep in.  The wall looked like swiss cheese when all was said and done.
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Hooks on the side of the desk are all kinds of handy-dandy.  Depending on the style of your desks, you may even be able to clip the board directly onto the support bar.
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While we are talking about clipboards, I thought I would mention what a great gift they can make for coworkers, volunteers, aides or even students. They are fun and easy to decorate and you could easily transform a regular old cheap clipboard into something fancy and fabulous for next to nothing. What a nice end-of-the-year gift for students.  Pair it with a pencil and it will be a great way to encourage student writing over the summer.


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Speaking of cute gifts...who wouldn't LOVE these cute post-it clipboards made with a coaster, scrapbook paper and a clip. Easy. Cheap. Lovely.
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And last, but not least...decorative clipboards are great to hang on the wall and add paper and notes to or to display student work.
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Do you use clipboards in the classroom? 

What do you use them for? 
How do you store them?

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