Student Offices

After reading the Clutter Free Classroom’s Post on creating student offices, I knew exactly what I was going to spend my Saturday doing. Since we just moved, we have a HUGE pile of barely used boxes stacked in our basement that we have been too lazy to recycle. In 10 minutes, I cut out ten of these cardboard “offices” and added some pretty duck tape around the edges. They are much more durable (& waay cuter) than the file folder ones we’re been using. I used a glue gun to secure all the attachments.

These lovelies are PERFECT for my resource classroom, because I don’t have desks – just tables (which I prefer anyways). The only trouble with tables is that my students don’t have any where to stash their work if they aren’t finished, which creates a mess of papers for me to deal with. I’ve tried using bins, but I’m not a huge fan.
These work wonderfully for students with attention issues during independent work. I can individualize them as much as I need too – the sky is the limit. For now, each student has what is shown in the picture above, but they will all eventually be different depending on the student’s needs or IEP goals.
I picked up the two different packs of name plates @ the Dollar Tree (12/pack) and they include a hundreds chart, money values, time chart, centimeter and inch rulers, number line, place value chart, etc. I had my students use stickers to spell their names on the back. I am going to create some comprehension/reading charts to add in as well {syn/ant, authors purpose, reading strategies} I’ll be sure to post them on here so you can grab a copy!
On the left flap are clear sheet protectors to add in assignments for each student to complete individually, and on the right flap is where they are to put their work as they finish it. Since I usually have more than one subject going on at once, it is so much easier to add in task cards/sorts and other assignments before class so the students can get right to work after we meet in whole group to work on skills they are all working on together. Less time explaining what everyone is to do, and more time working on goals!
I also want to punch a few holes around the top to put in rings that hold the sight words or vocab words they are working on. I left the outside untouched, but plan to add a “way to go” fun sticker collection on the back to keep them motivated to complete all their work and do their best (I don’t know about you, but my students LOVE stickers, even my 4th graders!)
Does anyone already use something like these? Would love to hear your ideas of what else I could add to them!

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  1. Angel Read on November 28, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I love this idea! I actually remember seeing something like this in a parenting magazine, about how parents could make a little homework office for their kids. But it must work great in a classroom, too!

  2. Mrs. Dixon on November 28, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Glad you like it! My students LOVE these things, and they do help organize their work!

  3. Jacqui on November 28, 2012 at 5:45 am

    I LOVE those offices! They are super cute. I use bins for my students which work for me, but I can see how these would work for my students as well, since I also teach elementary resource. Thanks for sharing these.

  4. Mrs. Dixon on December 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks Jacqui! My students do love them. I liked using bins, but they just got to be messy (like desks) so I wanted to try something a little different. So far, these are great!

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