Mixed-up Days

"Then comes a Mixed-Up Day. And WHAM! I don't know who or what I am! But it all turns out all right, you see. And I go back to being...me." Dr. Seuss, My Many Colored Days

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This has been a huge time-saver. First graders are always so concerned when they find a book with a loose page or a tear and they want someone to do something about it right NOW. But I usually can’t just stop what I’m doing and repair a book, so I would always tell them to put the book on my desk, where they piled up because book repair was pretty low on my priority list. Well, that wasn’t working.

So I made this Hospital Box, which sits under our tiered bookshelf, and I keep a roll of clear packaging tape in it. When a “hurt” book is found, the student just puts it in the box. I have several parent helpers, and I tell them to always check the Hospital Box before starting anything else, so the books get repaired regularly with no effort on my part. It satisfies the kids’ need to ‘do something’ about a damaged book, but doesn’t interrupt my teaching or create desk clutter (and I don’t feel guilty about ignoring the pile for weeks at a time).

This has been a huge time-saver. First graders are always so concerned when they find a book with a loose page or a tear and they want someone to do something about it right NOW. But I usually can’t just stop what I’m doing and repair a book, so I would always tell them to put the book on my desk, where they piled up because book repair was pretty low on my priority list. Well, that wasn’t working.

So I made this Hospital Box, which sits under our tiered bookshelf, and I keep a roll of clear packaging tape in it. When a “hurt” book is found, the student just puts it in the box. I have several parent helpers, and I tell them to always check the Hospital Box before starting anything else, so the books get repaired regularly with no effort on my part. It satisfies the kids’ need to ‘do something’ about a damaged book, but doesn’t interrupt my teaching or create desk clutter (and I don’t feel guilty about ignoring the pile for weeks at a time).

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    I need this NOW! Definitely something I can get my parent helpers to do.
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    Actually….this is BRILLIANT for the art room! Broken pencils, dry markers……
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    Cute idea! I am making the art room version of this (Pencil Hospital) for this year. Now, students will know which...
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    Great idea!
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