When I fully embarked on the flexible seating journey last year, I wasn't sure where my students would store all of their stuff. Where will their books go, notebooks, and supplies? Was I going to do community supplies, individual supplies, or a mix of both? See what worked and didn't in our class as we tried our different flexible seating storage.
Flexible Seating Storage for Books
I had 4 towers (each tower held 6 drawers) of sterilite storage drawers spread throughout out room for students to store text books, interactive notebooks, classroom dictionary, and other materials. I bought the medium sized drawers but if I were to do it again, I'd get the large for a few extra bucks. Each drawer was labeled with a student number inside the Target adhesive labels.
Flexible Seating Storage Tips:
- spread storage throughout the room so traffic doesn't pile up
- go over your expectations
- make sure that students have enough room for all of their things
- Make it easily accessible. We had some by the front door, in the middle of our room, next to a wall, and near our library with the Ikea benches
At first, I thought we'd be using community supplies because it's what I'd always done. But some of our seating options were smaller and it made leaving a caddy nearly impossible. So after a week, we ditched the community supplies and went to individual.
I had students bring in a fabric pencil pouch to keep pencils, scissors, glue sticks, expo markers, erasers, a highlighter, and a sharpie. The fabric pouches were easy to store and less bulky than the plastic ones. I made sure to buy extra pouches for friends who were unable to bring one in or broke theirs at some point.
Part 3️⃣: Storage in a flexible seating classroomhttps://easyteachingtools.com/2018/08/flexible-seating-storage.html
Posted by Easy Teaching Tools on Saturday, June 9, 2018
Students always have some sort of unfinished work. Since we didn't have desks…and because I love this hack, students put their unfinished work on a clipboard. They kept their clipboard with them as they moved throughout the room. I've shared about this hack a few times here.
K. Terry says
I love your guided reading table and the Ikea benches! Can you please tell me where the guided reading table is from? I have never seen that particular shape and would LOVE to get one!
Thanks! I’m not seeing a guided reading table in this post. Can you elaborate? The one I typically share was district property but if you’re talking about the one in another post that’s shaped like “U” was put together by welding two tables.