Optimum Organization - Desks and Tubs

Happy Father's Day!
 
Poppin in super quick to join my bud's linky
 
 
My little addition to this linky this week is how I "organize" my desks.  I know there are tons of ways to arrange a classroom and tons of research to support all the different ways.......
 
so here's my two cents......I LOVE my kid's desks to be in groups!  I have tried horseshoe and rows and half circle and spread out........don't like any of them but groups!!

A) it gives me more room because my classroom is small:/
B) I love to do lots of "team" activities
C) I love the relationships that form out of the kids being in groups
 
Now, yes I have to play with the grouping, especially at the beginning of the school year, but that's ok.  I tend to change up things every quarter anyway.  I usually do them in groups of 4s and 5s.
 
To go along with my groups are their team tubs.  For the life of me I can't find my pic of last years......I know I have it, just can't find it:/  Sorry.....but here's a pic of this years:
 
I got these at Hob Lob of course:) 
I'm going to use the turquoise cups (1 in each) in each tub for pencils.  These tubs will also hold glue, crayons, markers, colored pencils and scissors.  We use a community approach to the supplies in my classroom.  At the beginning of the year I collect them all and then refill the team tubs as supplies run down or get old and need replacement.  I'll be decorating these tubs before they hit my classroom with ribbon and team tub  labels:) 
 
So that all counts as organizing right?????
Have a blessed day!
 


17 comments

  1. I totally agree with you, groups are the way to go. It totally bothered me during state testing week when I had to go to rows!

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  2. Totally counts as major organization! And, you know I LOVE the colors! I'm going to retry my tubs next year. I didn't give them a fair shot last year. Thanks for linking up with us, Tara :)

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  3. I love groups too that is why I use round tables and always, community sharing :)

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  4. I like the idea of community tubs. Do parents or kids ever complain about not getting to use their own stuff? I can see some people would from on this method. What the parents don't realize is that the kids share everything anyway!
    Patty

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    1. Patty- we have right on our supply list that we want "yellow #2 pencils" "crayola crayons" etc. We don't take any "fancy" pencils into the community supply. But, my kids do not share crayons etc. Those they keep their own. But pencils, glue sticks, bottle of glue, erasers, those are all community.
      Gina
      Third Grade Tidbits

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  5. I have desk in groups also, and I wouldn't have it any other way! I also use the team tubs. Great minds think a like!

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  6. I completely agree with the group arrangement! I use table boxes for math supplies, but I like the idea of the baskets for the art type supplies. Thanks for sharing your idea. I love the classroom colors- I use green and blue together also :)
    Kay
    On the Trail of Learning

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  7. I love those bright green tubs! I like the idea of community supplies. Have you ever had parents complain about it? I know I have some students who would bring in everything and others who wouldn't bring it one thing. :/ Just part of it, I guess! I also like putting students in groups! My room is small too, so groups work well!

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    1. Nope, the parents haven't said a word. During open house I send home a packet explaining all kinds of things and that's one thing I talk about. I was worried the first time I did it someone would complain, but they haven't:)

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    2. Ok I think I'll try team tubs this year. I have some green ones I use to use in first grade, but I think I can decorate them with some zebra tape!!! Our school went to groups this past year and I found it very difficult to manage, but I learned some great tricks from WBT.

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    3. I used tubs this year and it changed my life! (I know that sounds dramatic, but it was great....hopefully it was the tubs, and not just because I had awesome kids this year!).
      The best part was that I didn't allow pencil boxes in their desks which really cut down on all the little stuff that they collect...which turns into mounds of stuff! When kids did bring in a pencil box, I just told them to keep it at home so they would have all of their supplies in one spot to do their homework with. :) It worked well--no complaints!

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  8. I like putting my desks together into groups also. This next year I'm going to try no desks, just tables. I'm really going to have a lot more to get organized.

    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  9. I got the same tubs and some tealish cups too!!! I already have a "model" tub set up. Once I finish marking all my supplies I will be posting about them in a Monday Made It! Did you get the tubs on clearance? I found 2 and had to SCOUR the entire store to find more. They were hidden in the middle of a bunch of stuff. Sorry to the sap who hid them there thinking they would be back later, because they are gone now lol.
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

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  10. Oh my gosh! I totally agree. I would much rather have the desks in groups. I purchased some similar tubs last fall to use with each group. LOVED it!

    Krista
    Stellar-Students

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  11. I never thought of using a cup to hold the pencils. They were such a pain to keep in the caddies with the little holes for them to fall through. I have never had a problem with going communal on supplies either. I have tables in my room and this year I did them in a U shape ( kidney table up top with two rectangular tables on either side) and I LOVED IT!
    Jean
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

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  12. How much were the green tubs? What section were they found in? I'm adding these to my lot bc we outgrew the smaller tubs we used last year. Thanks!

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  13. I love grouping the desks! I assign "test positions" where some stay at the group and others take their chair and work in an independent space during "test time"! Grouping desks gives us so much more floor space!
    The Teacher Chick

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