Now that my summer is beyond the halfway point, I have really started thinking ahead about the improvements I want to make in my second year of teaching. One thing I can't decide on is how I want to handle student supplies. Last year, each kid kept their own, individual supplies. But I can't tell you the number of times kids lost their supplies, or had something "stolen" (we are departmentalized so other classes are in the room too). So, I am thinking I want to just do community supplies this year. My only hesitation is that I don't want a bunch of upset kids on the first day of school because they don't get their own special markers, post-it notes, index cards, etc. I teach 5th grade, so I wouldn't think it'd matter to them as much as kids in younger grades, but still. How do you organize student supplies in your classroom? Have you used the community approach before? Any input/ideas would be appreciated. Thanks, and I hope everyone is enjoying the time off!