As you know, I love learning stations. I’ve made a lot of them. The problem is that they can be a little tricky to organize. In my first attempt, I used a binder with a combination of page protectors and the plastic sleeves that you use in photo albums. This worked as a way to keep everything cleaned up, but the task cards would spill out of the sleeves and I, being a little lazy, would often just shove everything in after I used it — so everything was “away” but not in a format that made it easy to use the next time.
I looked at a lot of folders and bins and filing cabinets, and just as I was about to leave Staples, I saw these “divide it up folders”. They come in a pack of twelve and have three sections — perfect for task cards, title and handouts. It’s like they were made for my stations! There are also tabs across the top so you can clearly label what’s inside.
But where to store them? I almost bought a big tub with hanging file folders, but I was worried it would be too bulky and hard to store. Luckily, I found this pretty expanding file folder at Home Sense. It’s far nicer and more portable than the tub from Staples — and, surprisingly, it holds a lot of folders.
I’m only halfway there. I ran out of folders yesterday and so I’m headed back to the stores today. It was quite a satisfying process to finally find an effective way to store all of my stations!
If you’d like to check out the learning stations I have for secondary English students, you can see them here.