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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Linking up: My Teaching Tip


I’m linking up with Miss Kindergarten {and tons of other fabulous bloggers} to offer up one of my best teaching tips.  Well, I at least think it’s pretty neat.

I present to you the Extra Copies Bin!

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The Extra Copies Bin was actually my cooperating teacher’s idea, but the minute I saw it in action I knew I needed to have it in my own room one day!

The concept is simple: Anytime my paper passers or mailbox person has extras of any paper, they place it in the Extra Copies Bin.  After a few weeks of training me reminding students to check the Extra Copies Bin, students stop telling me they need a paper and head straight over to the bin instead.  It’s pure magic.

I clean it out every few weeks.  Some of the sheets I keep and file {like the president one above}, others I recycle, and some become free draw paper.  I also love it because I never end up with any piles of papers on my desk {well, almost never}.

This bin has saved me when I needed a lunch menu or school calendar last minute, or when one of my grade partners needs an extra copy of an assignment.  It’s a true time saver in more ways than one.

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Here she is in all her glory!

I hope this helped a few of you out there swimming in papers!

Now go link up with your own genius tips so I can steal borrow them!

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  1. Great idea!! Thanks for the tip!! We're your newest followers... almost up to 300!! =)-Jackie and Danielle-

  2. I love this! Is there any way you would share your label, or at least share where you got the cute frame/ background? Thank you!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  3. Love your tip! I found you through the linky party and can't wait to read more from your blog! Check out my blog at!

  4. I have an extra copy bin too. I never clean mine out though. When I get a new student I dig down through for handouts that they might need for the beginning of the year. I also keep a lot of extra "reading logs" or other things that the kiddos might need! It is a life saver! I am a new follower! If you get a chance, check out my blog! :)
    Second Grade is Out of This World

  5. Hi there,
    I found you from the linky party! Cute blog and yes that is a great idea for sure. Love reading everyone's ideas!!! BTW I'm your newest follower. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After


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