Thursday, September 29, 2011

Teacher Tip

I'm just stopping by VERY quickly to share a little teacher tip with you. If your classroom has desks that you put together into table groups, this post is for you. This something that I shared with our new teachers when I worked with them for district training and it came up again when we had some staff developments in my room, and as I realized that not everyone new about this trick, I knew I had to post about it! It wasn't my original idea, my former roomie, Miss Parkerson, shared this idea with me and I thank her for that everyday. It drives me CrAzY when the tables and desks seem to migrate across the room. I thought when I moved to a room with carpet that would get better. It didn't. They just make less noise as they move and slide across the floor. I don't even know how it happens. I never actually SEE anyone pushing desks. All I know is when the kids leave, my desks look nothing like the arrangement they were in at 7:30am. Are ready for this??? You need zip ties. That's it. Yep, I get down on the floor and pull all the chairs out and zip tie the desk legs together. Try it. It just might change your life. And if you get lucky, like I did, you might even find "cute" zip ties! I bought packs of zip ties from Dollar Tree and they came in these great bright shades of  blue, green, orange and pink. Which probably explains why other teachers notice them when they visit my room. Happy zipping!

4 comments:

Tanya

Great tip! I always wonder how the desks have moved so much at the end of the day, and it drives me nuts! So gonna try this tip.
☺ Tanya
First Grade is Fantabulous!

Lindsey W

I did this too!!! Also if you get tired of the feet scratching the floor you can use tennis balls to stop the noise but a friend said she wrapped wax paper with rubber bands around the feet and it helped a lot. I went to a local country club and they gave me a box of used tennis balls for my chairs. A parent with a vice cut them open by making a plus in them and then we fit them on the feet. It helped with the noise in our portable and made a huge difference!
Lindsey
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Mrs. I

I just bought those cute, colorful zip ties from Dollar Tree to do this a couple of days ago. Unfortunately half the zip ties don't stay zipped. Gonna have to go with more expensive ones I guess. : (

Cathy I.
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Mrs. I's Class

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