Teacher Hacks: Upcycled, Repurposed, Cheap Tricks
|Padfolio Grade Book|
The BTSA padfolio turned grade book. Take out all of the old BTSA pages, add grade book sheets, dividers, pocket dividers and you have a seriously awesome grade book. I teach five classes and I color code the dividers, folders, and turn in trays for each class. I have a blue divider with grade book pages and a blue pocket divider tor hold answer keys and late work/random papers. When I collect an assignment I put it in color coded "To Grade" or "To Record" folders in a file holder on my desk. The padfolio has three filing compartments on the left and when I need to take papers home to grade, the file folders slip right into my grade book. The whole thing zips shut so papers don't fall out, and it has handles for carrying it to and from school easily. I contacted my local BTSA office and asked if they had any extra padfolios and got three more. I made one into a planning book and the other keeps all of my SST, RTI, and IEP documentation.
Another great BTSA find, was the handled file box. This was later replaced by the padfolio, but luckily I held on to mine. I used some "S" hooks from IKEA and hung it by the handles from my desk. I put a red cross on it with electrical tape and I call it the "First Aid Kit". It holds files for each day of the week and when papers are handed out in class, the extras go in the folder for that day. When a student is absent or loses their paper, they can go to the file box and find it.
|First Aid Kit|
|Time Out Chair|
If you have upcycled something for use in your classroom, please share it in the comments.