Thursday, March 22, 2012

An Organized Writing Center!

I think I've actually figured out a system for organizing my writing workshop center. This is where all of the materials for writing workshop are kept. After years of trying it different ways, I figured out that the easiest way to organize all of the papers and materials is.... plastic drawers from Wal-Mart! These are relatively inexpensive (much less expensive than organizers you can purchase from teachers stores) and they are very durable. Here's how I use them in my classroom:

I placed these bins in an area that is easily accessible to students during writing workshop. My students get materials and paper from here daily so I wanted it to be in a place that they can get to easily.

In the large drawers, I put different organizers and paper such as:
  • Brainstorming maps and webs
  • Extra blank paper (in case students run out of this in their writing binders)
  • Envelopes and "stamps" (if students are writing letters)
  • Final copy paper for publishing

In the small drawers, I have materials such as:
  • Highlighters
  • Small staplers
  • Hole reinforcement stickers (in case a page comes out of a student's binder)
  • Colored pencils (we use these for editing)
  • Post-its (we use these when working on research projects)

To label each drawer, I used Avery address labels so that my students can easily find what they are looking for. They know how to use all of the materials in the drawers and can get them any time during writing workshop. This system has worked very well this year! I'm excited to have finally figured out an easy and simple way to organize this center!

If you would like more ideas about setting up and running writing workshop in your classroom, I've created a product called "Writing Workshop 101" that contains over 44 pages of ideas, pictures, charts/posters, minilesson ideas, student pages, teachers pages, and more! You can check it out by clicking on the picture below!

I hope you all have had a great week. Tomorrow is Friday... woo hoo! =)


  1. Great organizing tips!! I found your blog through the linky:) Im your newest follower! I hope you'll stop by my blog and check out my me reach 100 followers!

  2. Love your organization ideas! I'm your newest follower. :) I found your blog link in the TPT forums. Hope you can hop over to my second grade blog and check it out. I have a great giveaway going on! :)

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  3. Hi Erin - your blog is adorable..I love the flag banner at the top. I teach first in CA. Found you on TPT and am your newest follower. :o)
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  4. I love your organization, I have these drawers to for everything!! They work so well!! Glad I found your blog, I'm a new follower :)
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