I was so excited to steal @druinok’s idea for this board. I picked up the “library book” pockets at the PTS but cute as they are – they are flimsy and rip easily. I wondered if laminating them would help…
Trim around the edges, then use a blade knife to oh so carefully cut a slit to open the pocket.
It worked! Now with the laminated ones – I can write target concepts that are included in the pocket for practice/remediation then I can erase if I need to switch out items as units progress.
When I decided INBs were a go for the school year, I loved @mgolding’s idea for storing copies & handouts in the hanging vertical file. Earlier in the summer, @druinok had mentioned Mardel online for some great finds. Someone else had tweeted – they had the Filetastics on sale for $5! I put them in my cart – logged in the next morning and they were no longer on sale. 😦 $12.99 now. Oh, well. Missed a great sale, they could wait.
When I was moved to my new classroom – there is no space. I had to order the filetastics – $12.99 or not. I visited their site, picked a green, red and black one – put them in the cart, went to check out & I got them for $5!!! woo-hoo! Somebody loves me!
I was a little leary when I first opened them up. But once I got them hanging – with a file folder in each pocket – they are VERY sturdy. Perfect. I felt this was a good way to use the space on the unused/extra door in my classroom. I started with all gray folders to match. I added my class colors in the bottom pockets – so I can place items/info for absent students – quizzes etc. I’ve passed back. I had a couple of packs of cute-mismatched file folders from Walmart – put them in to see how they looked (green side). I think I like them – got to get back there soon to see if I can find more – so they can at least be coordinated.
On the shelf against this wall – I followed @mgolding’s lead again – labeling where items need to be returned. Only 2 weeks in to the year – but so far, its made a huge difference. Simple. Effective.
Hopefully as students walk out of the room, they’ll look up to see the quote from Nike’s Olympic ads – “Find Your Greatness…”
Some great thoughts in their ads – if you haven’t seen / read them – its worth a look.