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Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Game-Changer for Organization... an Update!

Back in August, I wrote about this idea that I stole from Brooke Brown's blog, Teaching Outside the Box.


Basically, you get yourself some project cases (like these) and you use them to store your lesson plans. What is nice about these is that you can put everything you need in file folders. This means no hole punching for binder storage or sliding papers into those slippery page protectors! Also, you can store all your additional lesson plan artifacts (like task cards, mentor texts, picture books, etc.) right in the case.


The boxes store easily and keep all your lesson materials safe and sound!


Typically, I keep an entire unit in one box. I have a file folder for each day or lesson of instruction. On Friday, before I leave for the weekend, I take the file folders out of my box and put them in this hanging pocket organizer behind my desk (get a similar one here). That way, when I come in on Monday, everything I need for the lesson is right at my finger tips! I'll also add, that this is great if you are unexpectedly out sick one day. You can just direct the sub to follow the lesson in pocket!


Seriously, people! I am IN LOVE with these cases and this method of organization!! I have all my writing units put together and hope to get all my reading plans organized over the summer (just got another batch of cases from Amazon and some pretty teal and hot pink file folders... swoon!!). This has been an absolute game-changer for sure and I am forever in the debt of the lovely Brooke Brown for this awesome idea.

What is your favorite method of organization? Have you tried the project cases? I'd love to hear from you!

Happy Teaching!!

9 comments:

  1. You blew my mind!! Going right now to order some of these.

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  2. Ahhhh... these are unavailable on Amazon. Boo.

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    1. These are available: http://www.amazon.com/Sets-of-3-File-Cases/dp/B00RXW3V7W?ie=UTF8&keywords=project%20cases&qid=1461941110&ref_=sr_1_3&sr=8-3

      More expensive, but pretty!!

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    2. Another question about these... How many of these do you have? I'm trying to gauge how many I would need to purchase. And just wasn't completely sure how many you used to stay organized!

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    3. I purchased two cases of 10, and still have a few that I haven't used yet :)

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  3. Amazon finally has these cases again!!! I've been watching for them ever since I saw your post in April. I couldn't find another in a size that would hold the file folders, but wouldn't be too big.

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  4. These are unavailable again. How much did you pay for the set of 10? Is it worth waiting for the ten or is the 3 for $13.92 comparable in price? Thanks!

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  5. These are unavailable again. How much did you pay for the set of 10? Is it worth waiting for the ten or is the 3 for $13.92 comparable in price? Thanks!

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