Mop buckets ain’t for moppin’ in my library!
When I first started as our school’s librarian, I knew I would need a good system to organize my materials for each class. I wish I could tell you what I did before I realized that mop buckets were my answer, but I don’t remember those days. I think I blacked it out because I’m sure it wasn’t pretty.
Each bucket is labeled with a grade level. The buckets fit two per shelf behind my circulation desk. In each bucket I keep a clipboard (labeled with grade) with seating charts and lesson plans. The materials I need for the lesson are in the bucket. For most of my units, I can keep all of my materials for the entire month ready.
I love the buckets because I just take the one I need from the shelf over to our reading carpet, the computer lab, or a group of tables. When I’m finished with a lesson and put books I read aloud back in the bucket, students know these books are off limits. If I leave a book out for them they can check it out. It’s a great way to keep them from being confused about which books I’m done teaching with and which I need for other classes.
What’s your tried-and-true method for organizing materials?