Organize Your Classroom Writing Tools

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Organize Your Classroom Writing Tools

Posted on May 14, 2008

Organize Your Classroom Writing Tools

Q: How do I organize all my writing tools in the classroom (highlighters, sticky notes, etc.)?Organize Writing Supplies

A: As your writers bring in their class supplies, you may want to house them in a central location rather than allowing each students to maintain his own. Consider creating a "Tools Area" that has everything a writer needs -- a variety of paper, pencils, gel pens, highlighters, Slinkies, sticky notes, scissors, tape, dictionaries, thesauruses, etc. all in one spot! Creating a single warehouse of writer tools can be more efficient than having them scattered throughout the room. Kids know right where to go -- and they know right where to put things away, too! Some teachers utilize baskets or bins that are portable. When the lesson dictates students use writer tools, the teacher sets out the appropriate ones. This helps decrease students' misuse and abuse of the tools.

If your classroom has built-in cabinetry, consider devoting a drawer for these tools. Using some plastic trays and dividers in the drawer, teachers can pack a ton of writing tools in one place. Then when it's writing time, the teacher just opens the drawer for students. When writing time is over, the drawer is closed again. And if you don't want them to have access to everything at once, simply pull out the day's tray of tools and set them out.South Adams Elementary (Berne, IN) teacher Sandy Sprunger's cart of writer tools

A favorite storage method is the multi-drawer rolling cart. Here's a picture of South Adams Elementary (Berne, IN) teacher Sandy Sprunger's cart of writer tools. After searching for one to use within her own classroom this fall, Hadley Junior High (Glen Ellyn, IL) teacher Annissa Kuki Aguilar-McArdle finally found a similar version called the Pro Mate Salon Trolley Rolling Cart. It was featured on beauty salon websites. Thanks for sharing, ladies!