I cannot believe how fast back to school came and went. I just finished week three and very excited for the year ahead! I am happy to be writing another Bright Ideas Blog Post about a useful tip from my classroom. Last month I wrote about Getting the Most Use of Your Data Projector, this month I am writing about keeping track of classroom resources.
I am frequently lending my supplies to students, teachers and other classes. Last year only some of the things I lent out got returned so I knew I needed an easy system of tracking where my things were going.
First: When I get a request to borrow something I immediately write where the item is going on my white board. e.g. Scissors – Smith Room 205. If it is not in plain view I will forget where my resources have gone to. If it is a long term loan (DVDs, Binders, Units, Books) I usually write it in my day book in a special section for loans.
Second: I used coloured duct tape to differentiate my items from others. This could also be done with washi tape, but coloured duct tape was cheaper and more came on a roll. Now if things do not get returned I can go straight to the classroom and identify what resources are mine and what belong to that classroom. This also helps student identify which is their personal items and which belong to the classroom.
How do you organize and identify your teaching tools and resources?
Please share your ideas in the comments below. I am always looking to improve my organizational systems. Don’t forget to read other’s Bright Ideas by clicking on the images below.