Saturday, July 28, 2012

COLLECTING STUDENT WORK {Teacher Tip #16}

Classroom 360 is a complete tour of my classroom as designed for the 2012-2013 school year. Each post highlights an aspect of my room with photos, a detailed explanation of it's purpose, and often times videos.

This post is a Classroom 360, Teacher Tip and Flash Freebie all in one.

Talk about getting the most bang for your buck.

I didn't plan it that way, but when I was writing it up I realized I needed to tag it as both.

So without further ado I present to you my new and improved student work bins.
{Click here to access and download the labels shown in this picture as well as 8 additional labels.}

I actually used to just have one dishpan for collecting all student work. It sort of worked for me.

Sort of.

It wasn't all bad, but it did take some work to sort through the assignments because my friends finished work at different rates. I typically had kids sort it as an odd job when time allowed, BUT in the event that I wanted to correct something and my little worker bees were not around, it added extra time to the task.  

And we all know how crucial every moment is in our teacher lives.

So this year I decided to have designated spots for each subject area. This will be the one central area that all completed assignments get turned in. Because students will know this is the procedure in our classroom, they will be able to quickly turn in their work and move onto the next activity and not waste time standing around waiting to ask, "What do I do with this now that I'm done?"

In the past, I had made labels, laminated them and taped/glued/tied/hot glued them onto the bin.

And every.single.time the label managed to fall off.

Well, first it would fade and THEN it would fall off, but the end result was always the same.

It is for that reason that I decided to skip the lamination and get my Modge Podge on. You're actually going to be reading quite a few posts about my love of Modge Podge in the next couple of weeks. Consider yourself warned...and now go out and buy yourself a big ole jug of it (and a bunch of those cheapo foam brushes because they are the BEST for applying the MP).

I decided to use a different color bucket for each subject area. I plan to coordinate folders and whatnot to those colors as well.

I also made the executive decision to go with an ELA bucket as opposed to a reading bucket, a word study bucket, and a writing bucket. And since I alternate teaching a social studies unit and a science unit, I went and got all genius on myself by putting those two labels on opposite sides of the same bucket. I'll just rotate it around to reflect which subject we teach.

Because I wanted to use different color buckets AND because I wanted them to match my room, I decided to spray paint some dishpans I already had. This proved to be a great idea as I was able to then use the paint for some additional projects (which I'll be sharing soon).

Here's how it played out.



I have created a packet that includes all of the labels shown in the images above.  This product was designed as part of my versatile, ink-saving Blackline Design Collection.  

{Click here to access and download the labels shown in this picture as well as 8 additional labels.}

You may also be interested in my related posts:

Unfinished Work Boxes: How to Manage Students "Work in Progress"

The Must Do / May Do Board - How to Manage Student Assignments and Projects


For more tips and ideas on organizing and managing your classroom please check out my Clutter-Free Guide. This post is part of:
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34 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I've never heard of Modge Podge. Thanks for sharing!

    Shanyn
    Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

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  2. Target right now has a lot of these buckets in different colors on sale for $2.50 if somebody doesn't want to spray paint buckets :) Cute idea!

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  3. I love this idea. I just used Modge Podge to help decorate clothespins. Did you use spray paint specifically for plastic?

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  4. Modge Podge, who would have thought! CLEVER and CREATIVE! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. LOVE that you spray painted $1 dishpans to match your classroom color scheme! How come I never thought of that? Also love that you put your hubby to work!
    Thanks for the great ideas!!

    ❤Mrs. McKown
    Little Literacy Learners

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  6. Where, in your experience, is the best place to find cheap spray paint in bright, primary colors?

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    1. I find that Home Depot has a lot of colors as they have a paint section. I bet Lowes would too.

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  7. I'll echo the question about the tyoe of spray paint. I got four of the oversized magazine holders from Target last year, but am trying to color code each class, but they don't have my colors.

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  8. Can I just say, you are freakin' amazing!!!

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  9. Awesome! I need to start using this modge podge stuff, it seems to work for everything!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  10. I love the bins that you used! Spray and modge podge... So simple! Thank you for sharing:)
    Kelly

    Kelly Teach

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  11. This is perfect! I've been trying to figure out the best way for students to turn in work. Thanks for the idea!!

    And $1 dish pans!? That's awesome!!!

    Ashley
    Fierce in Fourth

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  12. You are ammmaazzzing!!! Love this!

    Mallory

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  13. I love this idea!! so pretty!! missthirdgrade.com

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  14. I love the idea of sorting student work by subject area. I've always wondered if I collect and correct more student work than others, if my students do more written work than others, or if I'm just super-slow (disorganized) at correcting it. I always feel trapped under a pile of papers to correct! I am definitely borrowing your idea of sorting!!! Thank you for sharing!
    Shining and Sparkling in First Grade

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  15. I LOVE this idea! I can't wait to go get spray paint!!

    -Becky
    Lesson plans & Lattes

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  16. Great idea! Never thought to MP labels. I'm gonna try this for sure. Thanks!

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  17. I love the idea of having one bin for science / social studies!! I never thought of just turning it around!!

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  18. Wondering....did you clean off the excess MP when the labels were dry or did it just not show all over the front of the container. Also..... painting to reused all of the matchy stuff from my last color theme will definately save money...can't stand not having my containers matchy matchy!!

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  19. I am anxiously awaiting the release of the library labels! I haven't missed them yet, have I???

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  20. Great idea. Since I don't have alot of space in my classroom, I use plastic folders for each subject. They are placed in a designated area. When my fifth graders are done, they find the correct folder and put their completed work. It helps me to manage correcting papers. This year I am going to add a class list to the front so they can check off that they completed and turned it in. This past year I had to hunt down a few.

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  21. Great idea. Since I don't have alot of space in my classroom, I use plastic folders for each subject. They are placed in a designated area. When my fifth graders are done, they find the correct folder and put their completed work. It helps me to manage correcting papers. This year I am going to add a class list to the front so they can check off that they completed and turned it in. This past year I had to hunt down a few.

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  22. Great idea. Since I don't have alot of space in my classroom, I use plastic folders for each subject. They are placed in a designated area. When my fifth graders are done, they find the correct folder and put their completed work. It helps me to manage correcting papers. This year I am going to add a class list to the front so they can check off that they completed and turned it in. This past year I had to hunt down a few.

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  23. I've used Sterilite 3-drawer organizers for years to collect student work, with one drawer for each subject. It works well, as I can pull all the work out at once and check it, or pull one activity at a time. It saves a lot of space since it's all stacked in one tower on a shelf by my desk.

    msmillersmunchkins.blogspot.com

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  24. The modge podge is such a great idea--I never thought about that before...now my labels won't fall off or get ruined! Check out Walmart for inexpensive bins as well (they have colored clear ones such as pink or blue). Thanks for the great ideas!

    starsinfirst.blogspot.com

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  25. I love the idea! I tried it today and I don't think my first try was a success. The spray paint on the plastic was pretty difficult. Do you have any recommendations for types of spraypaint, etc...?

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  26. I LOVE this idea!! I am waiting on my spray paint to dry now...the hardest part. I didn't see the assessment label. Would you be willing to share it?? Thanks in advance!! I can't wait to see them in my classroom.

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    1. What spray paint did you use? Mine was a total disaster...and I'm thinking I had the wrong type of paint.

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    2. The can said, "Fusion for plastics." Makes sure the can says bonds to plastic. :) Have fun and Good Luck.

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  27. I have those same bins from the Dollar Store from last year which I originally bought for organizing science supplies for table groups for quick passing out of stuff but I found later in the year I wasn't using them as much for that. I've been thinking about a way to organize all the piles of paper that come in for current units in some shelves I have near my desk and this would be perfect for that! (Especially since I already have the bins.) Thanks for the idea :)

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  28. Oh my goodness!! I am totally making these this weekend. Where can I find the "assessment" and extra tabs that show in your picture? I would love to implement these in my classroom.


    meg.anderson12@gmail.com

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  29. I have so many little bins in my house collecting dust, I will definitely re-purpose them and use them. I'm going to use my cricut to make the labels. Thanks for the idea!

    Denise
    Dreams of a Educator

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