Summer Classroom Setup

25 June 2015 / 2 comments
Summer is time for all of us hardworking teachers to relax, but if you are like most of us, you will continue to think about and plan for the coming year. I am in the process of converting over to a new computer, so relaxation definitely has not come to my house yet!

However, I did take a break this past weekend to visit Lowe's with my husband. Pretty exciting, huh! Anyway during our trip down the hardware aisles I found something that is truly wonderful, and I want to share it with you today.

(Secret confession. I struggle with making anchor charts work in my classroom. I know how valuable they are, but I just don't have wall space. So my chart paper usually gets ripped off and taped up with ugly tape like above, stuck up with sticky tack, or simply leaned up against the board.)

I just happened to find these wonderful, wonderful magnets that are going to help my students get the visuals they need next year!

The magnets are backed with a protective coating, however removing it increased their magnetic grip on my whiteboards.

As you can see, it only takes 2 of these gems to hold a large pad of chart paper!

Now I won't need to tear my chart pages off unless I want to.

The magnets are strong, but can be moved with ease. I grabbed clip magnets to use for single anchor charts, notes, or other visuals.  Now I need to find the best way to store anchor charts.  I would love any ideas you might have!

I will leave you with one extra tip I used last year. Several of my students needed numerous bookmarks. Some of these same students lost their bookmarks frequently. As I trimmed laminated card stock from games and task cards, I simply placed the sturdy strips in a cute bucket. Instant durable bookmarks!

Enjoy your summer vacation and try to relax!


  1. Great post! I love your idea for the bookmarks! Clever! Thanks so much!

    1. Susan, my students loved having a "to go place" for grabbing bookmarks. I liked not printing or buying multiple sets of bookmarks, and being able to recycle!


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