Excited to be Organized!

Posted on 23 June 2012 by urbanmusiceducation.org

Just got back from school….yeah I know, it’s summer and I’m supposed to stay away from that place, but I just had to go try out the new tubs I got! It all started with this blog post I discovered through Pinterest, which got me thinking that my current system of organizing materials in my classroom could go a little smoother next year if I changed to this tub system. Last year, I had everything on a cart or in bins on top of the piano which I thought would make it easy for them to just grab things as they came in the door…

What ended up happening, though, more often than not, was kids pushing and shoving their way to find just the right sharpened pencil with an eraser, forgetting something after they sat down and then going back to find a crowd of kids to have to push through or wait 5 minutes to get anything…It was messy. Also, I had the Kleenex next to the phone and one curious first grader decided to dial 911 as he was blowing his nose! Needless to say, I needed to get the kids out of that area altogether.

The new tubs came from Beyond the Blackboard and are very durable. The cups were a Target find on sale 4 for $o.98! I enlisted both my daughters to help load the tubs to see just what would fit. First we tried pencils, crayons, colored pencils, and dry erase markers, whiteboards, clipboards and folders. The crayons didn’t fit right and the tub needed a place for glue sticks (for when the kids will glue their exit tickets into their journals), so I ditched the crayons (since they had markers anyway) and went with the 4 glue sticks. They’ll have to share,  but we don’t use them that often anyway. My daughter brilliantly came up with the idea of putting a hook and loop dot in the tub and on the cups to hold them in place since they were a little tippy when we picked up the entire tub to move it! I may or may not add scissors. I’m not sure if that will pose a possible weapon temptation being so close to the kids. You have to remember, with a classroom of 25 kids I could build stronger relationships and trust the kids more, but with seeing 500 kids only every three days, I don’t want to risk it.


I had my West Music staff whiteboards in the back first, but they were so big (11×17) that the whole tub tipped over, so I replaced them with my less favorite 8×11 whiteboards which will have to do. I decided against the mini whiteboard erasers that come with the boards since hands tend to get “sticky” if you know what I mean, and I lost quite a few last year. I will just put a roll of old single socks in the back for “erasers”. I’m really hoping the color coding will help with kids not having to take time to pass out folders. I will just have each riser get the same color folder as their tub color at the beginning of the year when I set the seating chart. When they come in, I can quickly grab their folders from a magazine file I will store them in, and either have a student, or myself, pass out the group of colored folders to each tub. So basically 4 things to pass out instead of one for every kid… genius on my part I have to say 😉

Finally, I was so excited today to have the assistant custodian, Ulises, around to help install my projector mount. I’ve been traveling around to Home Depot to find the right fitting and coupling for the pipe that comes down from the ceiling, since the projector mount I bought was too small! But, I ended up finding a solution that worked in the plumbing section and it’s hanging proudly now ready to be used in the fall. I can’t wait to ditch the AV cart in the middle of the room and allow kids to freely move around for movement without nagging “Don’t bump the cart!”.  I’m anxious to see how it works with my Wiimote Whiteboard setup too.

So that’s the news for now! I’m actually stoked to be in the room and getting it ready for next year. There are so many new Pinterest ideas that I have pinned. My room will look so fresh next year! Stay tuned for more ideas and DIY projects coming in the next few weeks!



2 Comments For This Post

  1. brittany Says:

    Hey, where did you find your bins?? I love the idea!

  2. urbanmusiceducation.org Says:

    I got them at Beyond The Blackboard- the teacher store here in the Denver area. I think they have a website. Thanks!

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