Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Re-purposed Teacher/Student Toolbox


Happy Tuesday folks! I’m dedicating this post to my re-purposed/refurbished teacher-student toolbox. I wanted to create one of the nice teacher toolboxes that are floating around the internet. The only difference is that I already had something in mind to use and I wanted it to be something that my students could use too.

This year, I decided to switch classrooms to be closer to the other first grade teacher. While cleaning up in my new classroom, I found this shelf. As you can see, it held a few manipulatives and other items. It was rather old, but still in decent shape. A few of the bins were missing and if you look closely you will see that one of the dividers is broken. So…it wasn’t perfect but I decided that I could re-purpose it and make it look amazing!
First, I painted the entire shelf white. It required several coats to get it to this state. It could have withstood another coat of paint but it turned out pretty well.
Next, I cleaned out the old bins (they were yucky). I made these nifty labels; email me if you’d like them. I wanted to be able to use the items, but I mostly wanted my students to use them. I kept that in mind when deciding which labels to create.
Finally, I taped the labels to the inside of the bins and filled the bins with the corresponding items. My teacher-student toolbox is easily accessible by my students. They know that if they need a particular item, they can borrow it from the toolbox.
Here are the before and after pictures of my toolbox. I am so not the most crafty person in the world, so I must give credit to my mother who helped me create this toolbox. My mom is seriously my unofficial room mother. Do they still have those? lol
Have you created a teacher or student toolbox? What does yours look like? Feel free to share in the comments section!

1 comment:

  1. FANTASTIC! I love the idea of kids taking responsibility of getting their own tools! I also LOVE the fact that your MOM is your room mother! My son is a first year teacher ( I am currently helping him set up his 5th grade class...I am a grade 1 teacher ( 20 yrs + )...It's a FAMILY AFFAIR! :) wendy 1stgradefireworks 1stgradefireworks