Teacher Tool Box: Take 1

I caved. These little teacher tool boxes are floating all over Pinterest. I have a huge desk at school so the need really wasn't there. I was waiting to snag a trapezoid table to replace my desk, but those things are hot commodities at my school. Our EL department was moving to a much smaller room and I just happened to stumble in one day and got to claim at least 2 if not 3 trapezoid tables! (It's the little things that make me excited!) So with that, I'll be getting rid of my desk. And that means- I get to make my teacher tool box!!

So I live in an apartment and it's a little tricky to try and spray paint around here, so the box isn't done yet (hence the post title- take 1). I bought the one that can be found at Home Depot (22 drawers) and apparently Lowe's too. I've created the labels and hope the next time I go back to my parent's house to spray paint the box, which I will then post the finish project.


Here is a preview of one page:
Small drawers are 4 different colored chevron patterns (in teal shades and yellow shades); Large drawers have 3 different patterns (one not shown is a strip pattern using the same colors as the triangles.
Here's are all of my labels:

Here are the blank labels so that you can add what materials you want, the font, the colors, the background, etc. On the cover page of this document, I added how to add a patterned background to your labels.

As it states in the cover page of the blank document, I created these labels using Microsoft Word Publisher- I find it easier to move and format things. I'm not super tech savvy so I can't really help ya out if you don't have Publisher (sorry!!!)

Also, credit is given to the fonts and patterns used on the cover page of the document.

I'm excited to paint the box and get int filled with all my office goodies!

Until next time!

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Math Menus

I really thought I'd be on this little blog more once summer started. But with the wedding now practically a month away, that is where my focus has been. It makes me nervous since my to-do list for next school year continues to grow and I am barely crossing things off.

One thing I did accomplish which I am proud of are math menus to go with our math curriculum: Math Expressions. We have an intervention model in our school where I have independent workers while I am working with a small group. Last year was tough trying to pull activities together for them that they are able to do completely by themselves, motivates them, challenges them, and keeps them focused. That is a huge task for 7-9 year olds. We've learned that the model is not changing next year, meaning I'll need to continue to problem solve to make this time of the day meaningful for all my students. My team discussed doing a rotation schedule to keep it interesting (math, reading, science, etc). I decided to put together math menus that allow choice for days when we might want some math focus. There are a variety ways of using it. I've organized them to follow our units. I might use them during the unit, or use it behind the unit. For example, if we are on unit 9 as a whole class, they would use math menu #8 since they should be able to do it all by themselves. However, I could do it the opposite way- if we are teaching unit 9 I would use math menu 10 to see what they can do with new content. Of course I could also just give them math menu 9 when we are doing unit 9 as whole class. Whichever way I use them, I hope it is beneficial.

If you don't use MX, this won't be as helpful to use, as I did incorporate differentiated activity cards and math center games that our curriculum supplies. There are some other activities I came up with that don't require those curriculum materials.

Some units have more choices than others (units range from 3 lessons up to 22 lessons). You can pick up all 14 math menus at my TpT store! Click the picture below to be taken to my store!


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