We’re honored to support teachers’ efforts through our Organized Teacher Discount Program. In fact, we’re going to give one lucky teacher a $1,000 organized classroom makeover from The Container Store!Let's begin here. This is a picture I recently took of my middle school science classroom. On Facebook, I included the comment "This is my classroom on July 6th, 2014. In an apocalyptic, time-capsule-y way, I have not touched it since the last day of school on June 6th. I suppose I should get in there and make some progress..." This room is a busy place during the school year and is desperate for organization.
It's not for lack of trying. All of the shelving in my classroom (see photo below) came from Berkeley Outlet or Urban Ore, both local and specializing in used/recycled furniture inventory. I've even used cardboard boxes and duct tape to "custom build" shelving underneath tables for more storage. There are bins with raw materials everywhere - cardboard, computer keys, wire, LEDs, felt, batteries, styrofoam, duct tape - all the tools of art and ingenuity. During science fair season, there are projects literally everywhere!
My favorite repurposed item is this shelf unit (below) from my roommate - she was redecorating at home and I let her know I could put it to good use in my classroom. It has now become our makerspace (read the whole story here.) I have put thousands of dollars (out of pocket) into materials this year, but my classroom is finally well on its way to being the creative, innovative space I've wanted and I truly believe kids need. Students are constantly working on projects during lunch, recess, science class... they jokingly refer to my room as "nerdvana." I spent $250 alone on those containers you see inside the makerspace.
|Roommate's shelf turned makerspace
|Transporting the desk piece
I would also like to bring some order to what I affectionately refer to as our "fabrication studio." Here's where the kids work with our 3D printers. I refurbished these tables from recycling and scavenged the various pieces of bins and shelving you see below.
I have many pictures of my science room (the kids often threaten to set up a time lapse in my room just to capture the ebb and flow of the creative chaos) but I will leave you with my favorite Container Store story.
In 2011, as I do every other year, I hatched chicks and ducks as part of our embryology unit. That year we ended up with a far better hatch rate than expected! I knew I needed a bigger brooder. Racing to the San Francisco store on my bicycle (I do not own a car) at 8:58 pm, minutes before closing, I asked for their biggest clear container. The sales person rang up my order, looked at my bike (propped inside the door) and asked quizzically, "How do you intend to get that home?" I hadn't thought that far ahead; I was focused on the birds. I figured I'd take the bus or something...
(In case you want to see more pictures of ducks, check out our Flickr album - they don't get any cuter than our crew this spring!)
|Recess in my room one day- kids from all grade levels tend to hang out here during free periods.