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    By Kel

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    I team teach with another teacher and our students move around throughout the day,so we thought we would try baskets in the middle of the tables for supplies. At the beginning of the year we asked that the supplies not be labeled, this way we could hold the supplies and distribute them to the baskets as needed. We used the baskets all year and the students eventually got used to sharing and not having their own "stuff". It is challenging because no matter how you organize it they will still lay claim to certain supplies in the basket (even though every pencil was the same!). Our solution was to label the crayon boxes, pencils, glue, etc. with a number 1-4 at each table (that number corresponded to the number on each desk. That seemed to work because everyone had assigned supplies, but they were community property. At this point we plan to use this system again. All you can do is try it! Be optimistic :-)

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