Teaching Tip: Portable Centers
Having space for everything, displaying materials, activities or standards, and saving yourself time year after year is a winning classroom solution. My quick tip of the day is to purchase portable science fair boards. Glue or staple a bulletin board border around the edge. Create a banner, or use pre-made punched out letters to form a title. Take a center activity that you leave up for a certain amount of time, and attach the task card directions to the science fair board. You can also use clear sheet protectors to place papers. When you are done with that theme, lesson or activity, fold the center up and store it away on top of your closet or on the side of a cabinet. The best part of this portable center is next time or year you want to use this center, all you have to do is pull it out. It is a huge time saver, and you can put it up and take it down without the hassle of bulletin boards.
I have portable centers created for each of my science and social studies units. It is a great idea for fast finishers, or the use of seasonal activities. ELA focus walls, or math vocabulary could easily be displayed on the portable centers. Your bulletin board space can then be used for whatever you wish… wink, wink kids love to see their work on display! J