To make my life a little easier, I have created this beautifully coloured rug. The idea is that students can find a ‘spot’ to sit that has enough space around it, and is not near other objects. When leaving the rug I usually let certain colours go at different stages. This helps with the commotion that usually happens when 26 students leave the same space at the same time.
I have two tubs, one for pencils and textas and the other for glue and scissors. They come in colour coded sets (took a little while to set up, but is great – I used electrical tape to add the colour). I have pencil monitors who check they sorted correctly each day, and they put them/remove them from the tables when we need/don’t need them.