Teacher toolboxes are all over the web. I first saw them when I was teaching my first year and I fell in love. I made one for myself and for every teacher on my team to thank them for being so amazing!
Here are the ones I made for my third grade teammates: a two-toned purple theme, a crazy polka dot theme, a blue and purple theme, a green and white polka dot theme, and a NC State one for a NC State fan 🙂
The pictures aren’t the best quality since they are from 2013!
Here’s the one I made for myself. I still have it today! It’s blue and pink with polka dots!
I struggle with organization a lot. So a few weeks ago, I decided to grab two more to make things run a little smoother in my classroom. This time, I got larger toolboxes with drawers that have equal-sized containers.
The first teacher toolbox I made was filled with coupons that students earn each time they reach 100 dojo points on Class Dojo. For the past three years, I’ve kept them on a list in a drawer. When students got a coupon, I had to dig through a big box to find the one they wanted. My students love the new system and it’s very easy for them to choose the coupon they’d like.
The second toolbox I made was filled with my student’s technology supplies. My class always seemed to forget their passwords to the different sites we use, lose their earbuds for technology centers, and library tags got lost or broken on a daily basis when I used a pocket chart to organize their tags. When I realized a toolbox could hold all of those things, I was eager to move forward with the idea.
My students now keep their earbuds, library tag, and a list of all of their passwords inside their number. It’s made my life easier already!
Now that the idea of using teacher toolboxes for all types of supplies has dawned on me, I may end up making a few more this year! Have you ever used a teacher toolbox for something other than its original purpose? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!