Failed at it Friday - Glue Sticks


I don't know if you know this but I am a huge blog stalker, have been for years and still love reading blogs. I am always inspired by what I see happening in other classes and blog in the hopes of giving back a little bit. BUT I must admit sometimes I get a little bit down on myself and my classroom when I look at all of the other wonderful that is going on....sometimes I need to hear about the struggles that others are having, so here it is, one of my struggles...community supply bins.

In my class students have their own tool box (red basket in their desk, see them here) that hold a pencil, eraser, highlighter, whiteboard marker, whiteboard eraser and any math tool we are using). We also have group tool bins.....that are not working out that great : (

I just can not seem to get my students to actually put the tools back in the right spot, in the right way and am forever going over this or just fixing them myself!!

 Okay, look at the crayons....where did they all go?? Sometimes a group will only have two colours of crayons, how does that happen??


There are always tools left at the bottom that just sit there for weeks on end...not being used...so sad.



 But our biggest problem this year has been glue!!! We go through so much glue and a lot of the time it is from glue drying out because it has no lid!!! I have a stash of extra lids in my toolbox on my desk. Whenever I see one I keep it, or I take some off of the sticks going in the garbage for emergencies. But there are times when I see this a lonely lid in the tool box, or its evil twin a glue stick with no lid in the toolbox!!! Did I mention that I have extra lids, all the students need to do is come and get one!!

...and lastly, I have clearly not done my job this year because this is how my students put the lids on the glue sticks! As in, NOT really on at all. We have reviewed turning the glue down and pushing the lid all the way down (instead of leaving the glue up and pushing the lid down so that glue overflows on to the sides and all over the lid).

So there you have at, a real snapshot of some of the not so wonderful that is going on in my class this year.

Hope you have a great weekend....I am off to blog stalk and looking at some wonderful : )





12 comments

  1. OMG my tool boxes look the same this year!!! I have been using tool boxes for 6 years. This year is the worst. I have become a wicked witch demanding that my pretties keep the tools neat and in place for themselves and the next class. What is a teacher to do?

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    1. I am happy to hear that yours look like mine!! When we figure out the answer we will have to share :)

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  2. My kiddos have issues with glue. Tops never get put on stick glue and the kiddos REFUSE to close squirt glue. It pours all over crayons or dries out. I've thought about doing the sponge glue bins. IDK they seem kinda germy to me!
    Mrs.Christy’s Leaping Loopers

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    1. This is the worst year for glue use I have ever had - I feel like it is a strange new substance to them that they do not know how to use - don't get me started on how much glue they put on paper!!

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  3. I am a substitute teacher this year. I am in many different classrooms. You are not alone. Thank you for being honest.

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  5. I love this post!! I love blog stalking but get the same feelings you do! I have struggled with math games and manipulatives. They are ALWAYS a mess, and I decided I'm not wasting my energy on being upset with them... just fixing it myself or relying on the helper students. I gave up, and I feel fine about it! LOL

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    1. Thanks for sharing your struggles Jenny (and your blog stalking too!)

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  6. Don't give up! The year I went to putting the kiddos in charge is the year my attitude changed on the same issue. We would call our groups "offices" and I would have office managers and supply managers in each "office". The supply manager was in charge of making sure everything was kept neat and tidy every day. The groups would also get rewards of some kind for being the best organized office. They really began to take pride in their "offices" and loved the competition. I have been a little MIA from blogging this year but this might make it on there this summer :-) Love your blog!

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    1. I LOVE this idea, thanks so much for sharing!!

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  7. OMG I think my fourth graders eat glue his year! Never have I ever gone through so much in my life! Btw, Elmers glue is on Amazon in a 30 pack for $10! Mine just arrived today!

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