Thursday, July 28, 2016

BreakoutEDU Materials Organization Hack: Paper Tags

One of my top priorities in my classroom is staying organized. Without systems of organization, I'm in the weeds and it's not a great place to teach from. Today I decided that organizing my items for BreakoutEDU was long overdue. So I developed the following hack: Paper Tags.

Using simple paper tags and a Sharpie, I labeled each of my locks with their name and their default combination. Then, I made an inventory document using Google Sheets. I separated the inventory sheet into two tabs - Locks and Materials. In the Locks tab I wrote the names of each of my locks, their brand, color, and default combination. For my key locks, I made sure to document the number of the key that opens the lock. In the Materials tab, I noted other materials that I have at my disposal for facilitating BreakoutEDU experiences. These materials are things such as boxes, UV lights, UV pens, etc. I also included the number of each item in case I ever needed to loan them out to teachers in my building.

I know many of you reading this are likely preparing to head back to school soon, so I thought I'd share how I'm going to keep track of my BreakoutEDU materials. Let me know in the comments if you have other ideas. 
Paper Tags - $5 at a hardware store

Newly-labeled locks. A thing of beauty

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