I've heard a lot of great ideas and suggestions about how to organize your CASE materials (types of containers, labels, etc.). Please share your suggestions and advice. Better yet, share a picture of your approach.
I have a long way to go (it's still not as neat & organized as I'd like to be).
Each Unit, Lesson or APP has its own box (depending on the volume of unique items). Doug Dodd says CASE teachers (maybe all ag teachers?) should buy shares in Ziplock & Rubbermaid (or Sterilite?) because we're big users! I like the clear plastic bins the best and found some really nice ones that have hinged lids in the middle, so you can open from one end or the other without removing the whole box top. The shoebox size plastic tubs are about right for most Vernier sensor sets (all temp sensors in one, CO2 in another, etc) The shelves on the right are where the clear plastic tubs are with the CASE Unit/Lesson/APP storage. I also like having an open shelf with a power source so I can plug the LabQuest charging stations into a power strip - flip a switch to charge for a few hours or overnight - no battery burnout from charging too much!
Student binders and glassware are stored in the upper shelves on the left. Drawers and doors hold science equipment, crafting items, textbooks and more.
A "recycled" computer cart (gutted) works perfect with some Wal-Mart special plastic drawer units. I use this for the "oft-used" equipment and tools so they're more accessible. Amy Lutz took me to a dollar store and taught me how to do daily organizing using the black dishtubs. I'm going to double my herd for next year so I can set 2-3 science labs up (the whole day) all at once instead of having to empty & refill tubs every period.
Hope that helps!
I would pay for Mel to organize my room....
Same as most - cabinets, tubs, drawers. It's a worthwhile investment in storage that can be organized.
Melanie - I know I've said this before but I love looking at all your storage containers and labels. Love the idea about the dish tubs - cheap and effective. My favorite!
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