August 25, 2004
I teach second grade. Pencils, scissors, and glue always seem to get lost in the students' desks. I hang a clear vinyl shoe bag with each student name on the front of each pocket. The students keep pencils, scissors, and glue in these pockets. I can easily check when the child is running low on pencils and send home a reminder note to parents. The children learn to respect each other's property in addition to self-monitoring their pencils. I also use vinyl shoe bags to hold center pieces, vocabulary cards, groups of markers, puzzle pieces, etc. They are much less expensive than the pre-made card holders and can be used in so many different ways. You can turn them sideways, cut them up into smaller sizes. I use staples or tape to hang them from doors, walls, the board, anywhere.