So, here's one of my ideas for organizing student materials. Be sure to check out some of the other great organizing tips as part of Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files and Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B's summer linky series Optimum Organization.
This past year our district adopted the EveryDay Math series, so in an attempt to have the materials students would need readily available I created these table boxes.
My student desks are arranged in 6 groups of 4 desks each, so I have enough supplies in each box for all the members of a group.
In each box I have included 4 white boards and dry erase markers, rulers, 2 decks of the Everyday Math cards (we don't have enough for every student, so they partner up), math geometry templates, small and large post-it notes, highlighters and visa-vi markers, dice and a small piece of padded shelf liner they roll the dice on (it cuts down on the noise of the dice on the desktops).
The table captain for each group is responsible for picking up their table box at the beginning of the, making sure all the materials are returned to the box and putting the box back on the community shelf at the end of the day. This system work great for me. I knew the materials would be ready whenever the students needed them and we didn't have a lot of fuss or hassle getting things out.
Until next time....