Monday, January 14, 2013
#Made4Math :: Trolley Cart
Over break, I bought something that changed my life.
The 10-drawered, 5-colored cart you see up there? How perfect is that for a teacher who teaches five classes a day? Why did it take me this long discover this little jewel?
This is how I'm using it: each of my five classes corresponds to a color, and each class has both an "In" drawer and an "Out" drawer. Students deposit their work in their correct in-box, and if I have a handout or worksheet for absent students, I simply write their name on the paper and stick it in the out-box. No more, "What did I miss yesterday?"!
I've only been using the cart for a week, but I'm already in love with it. The kids seem to really like it, too, actually. Several of my Pre-Calc kids kept marveling, "How did you find something so...perfect?" (I love my nerds.) In addition to the ten drawers, there's also a flat surface on the top, which I've used a lot, too.
I'm certain I'm not the first to have discovered this gem-cart, but I still thought I'd pass along the wonderful news. Here's a picture of my cart with its labels. My cart was fairly cheap ($30 at Walmart), but I think it will hold up just fine.
If you go get one, you can even use my labels that took me a whole sixty seconds to make: