If you don’t have a class set of clipboards I recommend investing. They are usually available at the Dollar Store so it isn’t a huge cost, but they are so handy to have for floor work, computer research, centers to go, etc. They have become an essential tool for classrooms using flexible seating. The only problem is… Where do you store and organize them? If you don’t have a great management system, then your classroom will turn into complete chaos as students try to push each other to get to the clipboard first. Sound familiar? If so, check out the solutions below.
This blog post will…
- offer ways to store clipboards in your classroom
- recommend gift ideas to try
Ways to Store Clipboards in a Classroom
- Buckets: I adore this bucket-o-boards. I almost welcome the chaos of clipboards being dropped in all random-like because I wouldn’t have that pressing urge to straighten them up all the time.
- Bins: I currently store my clipboards in blue bins from Dollar Tree. I like them because the sides are taller than a dishpan so they don’t topple and it doesn’t have as large of a footprint as a milkcrate (which I’ve also used and didn’t hate). It’s a perfect size for about 1/3 of a class set which is ideal because I like having them stationed around the room instead of in only one location. That way when I say, “grab a clipboard and meet me on the rug” there isn’t one giant cluster of kids. The only downside is that bins from the Dollar Tree that get daily use don’t hold up. So I did some poking around to see if there were better ideas out there.
- Push Pins: I did hang my boards like this one year using push pins. Overall, it wasn’t a total fail, but the pins did start to fall out and once they did they were hard to keep in. The wall looked like swiss cheese when all was said and done.
- Desk Hooks: Hooks on the side of the desk are all kinds of handy-dandy. Depending on the style of your desks, you may even be able to clip the board directly onto the support bar.
While we are talking about clipboards, I thought I would mention what a great gift they can make for coworkers, volunteers, aides or even students. They are fun and easy to decorate and you could easily transform a regular old cheap clipboard into something fancy and fabulous for next to nothing. What a nice end-of-the-year gift for students. Pair it with a pencil and it will be a great way to encourage student writing over the summer.
Speaking of cute gifts…who wouldn’t LOVE cute post-it clipboards made with a coaster, scrapbook paper, and a clip. Easy. Cheap. Lovely.