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Classroom Organization

I liked the idea that was brought up during the summer workshop of using shower board, cut to the size of posters (I choose 18x24) and with a hole drilled into it, as a way for my students to present their findings from their group work.  the Home Depot, and probably Lowe's also, will cut the board into the sizes that you need.  I purchased two boards and was able to get twenty posters out of them for only $26, tax exempt throught my schools account.  To hang the boards I used medium 3M Command hooks (can hold 3 lbs) and I can put two boards on each hook.  So far this has worked great for me, but I have to be careful not to erase anything while moving the boards to the wall.I also have pencil boxes that I use to distribut the dry erase markers for my students to us.  I have also considered distributing other materials as needed to each group by placing the materials in the pencil boxes.    

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Submitted by Tana Esplin on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 22:52

It is a challege trying to teach the class in a classroom other than my own.  I teach in a computer lab that is used by the school in general.  To organize my supplies for ECS, I am using a drawer in my regular classroom.  I carry all of my supplies up to the computer lab in a crate which I load the night before.  The biggest challenge has been figuring out how to facilitate the group projects.  The lab reall does not have room for group collaberation.  The computers are attached in rows, and there is no floor space, really, between.  

To do the group poster presentations, I have taken some bulletin board paper and laminated it.  The students write on them with vis-a-vis markers or dry erase markers.  I cannot put them up on the walls -- communal computer room again -- but they are easy to transport, reusable, and inexpensive.