This is just some scrapbook paper that I found in Michael's that was on clearance AND another 15% off because I had my teacher ID. I can't WAIT to decorate this :)
Can't Live Without Supplies - most of them :)
I've said it before, I'll say it again, I LOVE COLOR! I just don't understand teachers that have rooms without color and student work NOT around the room. It's boring. I don't do boring if you haven't noticed :) To make your ISN a success, it's always great to have color to help the kids ideas become a success on paper.
Glue sticks and tape (missing) are a must, must, must for this to be successful. If you look at the glue that I like to get for class, it's the jumbo sticks. Totally the best. Lasts forever and takes a beating from my kiddies.
Let's start with the pencils. I find that when students are working on the left hand side of the page, pencils are the best to work with. They make mistakes and need to erase things as they work. I can't say that pen won't work, but when they do make a mistake or they aren't happy with something, they tend to cross things out and it becomes messy. If your using this book for the first time, pencils might be a must have, but again, totally up to you :) One thing is I KEEP the pencil in the classroom in my closet.
Highlighters are fun and colorful and bright. They make the ISN pop! Just make sure you model what you want because if you don't It can bleed through. I keep 2 in each bin and have a bucket for myself when we do whole group activities.
I love colored paper. This is just a small sampling of what I have a home. I could make foldable, after foldable, after foldabe with this stuff. It makes the work pop and the kids love choosing which paper they want for their foldable.
Just for Fun!
This is a picture of a bin that has everything inside of it. My ones for school have more scissors, more glue, and tape dispensers in it, but for the most part contain everything that's here. This is why the table issue is so important. Having them in tables allows the ISN process to be much more seamless then if you have to keep going to get supplies and bring them back to your desk. I know of teachers that are out there that are resistant to putting kids in groups. I really just shake my head at this because my own personal beliefs is that they are doing a disservice to the kids. We function as a society as a group....not one individual. Don't use the excuse they are "just easier to handle this way" as your reason because it's not a reason. If you try and it doesn't work, that's fine, but if you put them in rows just because it's easier for you, then that's just a sad reason in my eyes. I'm really think about....really, really think about it. A "trouble maker" is surrounded by 8 kids (the ones next to them and at the corners of them) in rows. When they are at a table, they are with 3 or 4 other kids at most. Wouldn't you think that to handle those behaviors a little more you'd like to give tables a try? Use this ISN bin to your advantage. Use it as an organizer but also use it as a classroom management tool as well. Kinda cool huh?
Next post: There have been lots of people on here and my new friends on twitter (follow me @valdescience) who have inquired about left hand side activities. Give me a until next week and I'll come up with some things that you can use to start to generate your own ideas for you classes. I'm getting married next Saturday and off to Europe for two weeks, so I'll make it a good one for ya! :D