Right now my husband and I are living in small quarters.
I have one cubby for all my clothes.
A space to store our bedding is under one cushion.
One cubby for all dishes and pots and pans, and a college-size refrigerator to store groceries.
Now, I am not complaining. I love traveling in our tiny trailer and the more time I am in it, the better I get at keeping things organized. I’ve got this handy-dandy caddy for utensils, a great little cabinet for the dish soap and clothespins. Most importantly, I’ve figured out how to keep our chocolate stash cool and within easy reach.
Living this tiny means that everything must have a place and be put back when you are done using it. It is the only way you can find what you need. We have had a couple of cases of panic searching (car keys, camera batteries, etc.) and we have learned to put everything in its place.
All of this organization, has me questioning how I teach students to keep track of their things in the classroom. In this time of COVID-19, there can’t be shared supplies, and kids now more than ever have to keep track of materials at home, materials at school, and transporting them from one environment to the other.
I used to think that all classroom materials should be shared and I arranged my classroom that way. Now, I am reconsidering that decision. Should some mark-making materials belong to each student and we should teach them to keep track of their things? Of course, when a student needs a pencil, I would simply hand her one, but I question whether all joint materials teach the organizational skills and self-sufficiency skills kids need to learn. I don’t have an answer to this question, but I am pondering this.
As we teach through this pandemic, I think as a profession we will learn a lot about how to build executive functioning skills. As I travel in this “tiny” space, this is a question, I continue to ponder.
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