Storage for mini-offices

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  1. 4inteacher

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    I finally just finished all of my mini-offices (yay!), but I'm now wondering how to store them in the classroom. How do you store your mini-offices? How do the kids get them out when they're needed?
     
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    I'm not familiar with mini offices, would you describe them for me?
     
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    Mini-offices are folders the students can put on their desks for privacy when working independently, taking tests, etc. Some have reference information on them, but I use plain ones.

    I stored mine in an extra student desk that I used as a table in the classroom. The book rack under the desk was just the right size.
     
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    That's a great idea, Mr D. Unfortunately, we don't have extra desks or book racks underneath :(
     
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    I keep them in 2 plastic book boxes on a shelf. That way they won't ruin them in their desks. My desks are arranged in tables and my table captain goes to get them (and returns them) for the entire table for tests, mad minutes, etc. But I also allow the kids to get them whenever they feel necessary (they want the resource, feel like a neighbor has wandering eyes, etc.)
     
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    When you make your mini-office's do you glue two file folders together? Or how do you do it? Thanks!!!!
     
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    I store mine in a stackable 1/2 open crate. (Not sure if that makes sense) But there are three crates stacked and one has reading buddies, one has clipboards, and one has the offices. During writing they get their paper, get anything else they need, and then go find their spot.
     
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    That's one way to do it. The ones I had at my first school were made from posterboard. I got the idea from another teacher on my team. We took a sheet of posterboard and cut it in half. Then we cut one half in half and taped one on each end of the half that wasn't split. After that we laminated them. These were kind of big, because each one used a whole sheet of posterboard to make, but I actually liked that because they gave the students plenty of workspace without falling over or getting in the way.

    Hope that makes sense--it's kind of hard to explain! :lol:
     
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    Mine were in standing files. I used the laminated double file folders. My larger 'privacy shields' which I got from Really Good Stuff were harder to store. I finally just laid them down on a shelf.
     
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    I've glued two folders together and then covered the whole thing in contact paper. They're still kind of long when folded up though.
     
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    You did a great job on them!
     
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    thanks :) If I could only store them now! haha
     
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    I snatched up several of the blue boxes that Walmart has school supplies in (yes, they were already empty!). Then I reinforced them with packing tape and went over them with contact paper. Now I have storage for my mini-offices (which I made from two file folders for each) as well as several other classroom needs!
     
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    That's smart. I never thought of making my own storage.
     
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    :love:
     
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    Wow, I like how your offices serve two purposes. Nice layout.

    I have students store their offices in their folders. I used to use the two file folder method but I couldn't stand it when I couldn't see what the kids were doing. I had to stand behind them or look over them to see.

    So a few years ago, I decided to cut the file folders in half. I have the kids place one into the other and then store them in their class folders.

    What I love about them is that they're easy to stand up, easy to store and easy to look over. Some of the kids were concerned that the other kids could see their work. I showed them that it would be pretty difficult to just glance over and see. If someone was trying to cheat, he/she would be very obvious because they would have to be at a higher vantage point to see anything. Trust me -- I tested them out! =)
     
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    How long have you been teaching, ms. yi? I am learning tons from every post you make!
     
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    Thanks! This will be my 6th year teaching first.
     

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