Student Toolboxes!

July 29, 2013

Student Toolboxes!

July 29, 2013
Happy Monday my friends! I’m psyched to be sharing a project I’ve been working on for my students this summer. And I’m linking it up with my dear friend Tara for her delightful…
So I think I may have posted about how much I adore my Teacher Toolbox a couple of times. Or several, really.
I just love it! It’s the ONLY part of my classroom that never once got out of order last year and I could find things so easily, even in the busiest of times.
It was so easy to manage that I would even let my 5th graders borrow items from there last year if needed…they were always SO careful to put things back in the right place.
And how could you not? Each drawer was labeled and was the perfect size for the items inside.
This got me thinking. 
What if I had smaller-scale toolboxes for my students, at each table? With everything we use during a school day?
I imagined how much easier it would be to track supplies, each in their own proper place. How much instructional time would be saved in not having to pass out materials.
So I decided to test it out. It was still June with weeks to go in our school year. I purchased this little toolbox from Walmart: Stack-On 12 Drawer Storage Cabinet and tested it out with my soon-to-be-graduating 5th graders.
It worked out great! And that was without any labels (since it was the end of the year). I decided to make it my summer project in the coming weeks.
There was only one snag.
That lovely toolbox from Walmart has been out of stock. For a long time. And while it is supposed to come back (yes, I emailed and asked obsessively!) I started thinking about how much I did NOT want to spray paint six of those toolboxes for my students.
In the end, it worked out for the best because I found some that were exactly the same and already black (no spray painting needed!). They were more expensive but honestly the time and money invested in spray painting this summer was just not worth it for me. Plus those guys are still out of stock! I ended up getting: Homak 12 Drawer Organizer. UPDATE! Our friend Emily also found them on Amazon here: Homak 12 Drawer Organizer. Thank you Emily!!
The rest was very easy. I planned out all of the items we use within our day, made some labels, laminated them, and hot glued them right to the outside of the drawers (even though I love how my teacher toolbox has the labels on the handles,
I was afraid my students would knock them off over time, so I left the
handles clear and labeled the front of the drawers):
(please don’t mind my lack of school supplies to show it off…we don’t go back ’til September and I’m holding off on buying supplies for now!)
I made six altogether, for my six tables (here’s a shot of four of them):
Since the backs of the toolboxes are open…

I covered them with folders in which I could pass out assignments ahead of time, complete with table numbers (I posted about these Table Folders the other day):

So each toolbox will be like a complete organizer (hopefully!) with everything we need for the day.
I have some more plans for these toolboxes, so I am working on a Part Two to this post! I will be sure to show it full of school supplies next time I am in my class, so you can have a better idea of how it looks in action.
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful week and best of luck to those heading back to school!!

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  • How’s it going with your classroom cleanup? I had a two hour block the other day and will have a whole day next week to do more. It’s surreal. Hope you are all doing well ❤️
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  • Not one thing worked today. Not zoom. Not google meet. Two weeks to go and I am missing my classroom more than ever!!!
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How much distance learning do you have left??
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  • Google drive shortcuts at a glance!
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I know I shared these in a pdf the other day but I wanted to show another way to display these little time-savers.
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I split them into two files and resized them so they could stay at the top of my drive as a reference point...no need to open anything, just a couple of mini reference charts!
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If you would like to try the same, please click the link in my profile to grab a copy or visit: bit.ly/shortcutsataglance
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They are in one google slide together. To view them separately, make a second copy of the file and delete the first slide. Now you will have two google slides you can keep at the top of your drive.
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I hope you can use them! I can't get enough of them!!
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  • I'm LOVING these time-saving shortcuts for google drive!
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I compiled some of my favorite shortcuts that have eliminated a lot of double-clicking on items...as well as right-clicking and selecting from a drop down menu. These things can get pretty tedious when you are trying to move quickly, right? Especially with the amount of time we are working in google drive during distance learning!
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The first set of shortcuts will work on anything you have selected in your drive. So if you select a doc, you can simply click one of these letters/symbols and be on your way.
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The second set features a faster way to open up new docs, slides, sheets, and more. For these shortcuts, simply click the shift key along with the letter shown in the chart. So much faster than the traditional way!
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I made a pdf of these shortcuts...you can save the file in your drive or even print a copy if you would like. Please see the link in my profile or visit: bit.ly/googledriveshortcutschart
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I hope they help save you some time during distance learning!
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Which one do you think will be the most handy? My two favorites right now are the renaming shortcut and the share shortcut!!
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  • Who else loves a good shortcut??
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I seriously LOVE shortcuts. It may sound like such a small thing, but a one-click shortcut saves SO much time rather than double-clicking or right-clicking and selecting from a drop down menu.
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But just one little click? Then you are on your way in an instant!
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And these google shortcuts are just that...lovely, one-click shortcuts!
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These are some of my favorites I started using last year...and now with all this distance learning I have found them to be so valuable as I navigate my google drive:
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Open a folder or document: click letter o
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Rename a folder or document: click letter n
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Preview a document: click letter p
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Share a document: click the dot symbol
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And that's all! Select any folder or document you are working on, click on of these letters/symbols, and you are on your way to the next step in your work!
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I have a few more shortcuts to share and would love to put them together in a document that can be saved/printed...can anyone use this? Let me know and I will share it tomorrow!
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Happy shortcutting!! And, more importantly, happy weekend my friends!
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  • Do you have a favorite google font? There's a way to make your favorite a default font, EVERY time you create a new google doc!
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I love this one so much.
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You know how google docs always open with Arial? Like size 11 I think? It's not that Arial is bad or anything...but it's definitely not my go-to font.
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Luckily, there is a way to make your favorite font (and font size!) display automatically in docs! So every time you open a new doc, no more time wasted in selecting your favorite font and font size! It is SO awesome!
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And really easy to do! Here are the steps (shown in the pictures step by step too):
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1. Open a new google doc. Type a word or phrase and highlight it.
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2. Select the text and choose your favorite font and font size. Keep the text highlighted.
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3. Go to Format > Paragraph Styles > Normal Text > Update 'Normal Text' to Match.
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4. Then go to Format > Paragraph Styles > Options > Save as my default styles.
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Now your new font is ready to go! Each time you create a new doc, your font will be there waiting...no more time wasting changing fonts and sizes!!
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Have you tried this feature before? I hope it helps save you some time if you haven't!
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