Tried it Tuesday: Teacher ToolKit

Every summer the internet does me a great favor by showing me all of the AMAZING things that I just HAVE to be doing in my room to make me a better teacher.  I read about how to implement the latest and greatest idea and about why it will make my students the top of the list (which, I know by the shear nature of me having a blog, I am contributing to in no uncertain terms)

Well, THIS summer I saw the most FABULOUS, MIND BLOWING, MUST HAVE for my classroom.  This Teacher Tool Kit.  Here it is when I made it this summer after seeing it on Pinterest (which, could NOT be more addictive during those summer time hours)  Awesome right?

The intention was to use this instead of a teacher desk.  This would free up some space in my room and allow me to have not one but *two* rugs.  Instant love.

Here is what it looks like in my room now.

So, was it worth the time it took to spray paint the box and cut the labels (which you can find the template on Elizabeth's blog here....that is where I got them at least!) and get them backed and figure out what actually needed to go inside??

YOU BETCHA!!!  I love it.  Seriously, love.  It was probably the best investment I made this year.  It is just so organized and neat.  I always know where those little school supplies are and the kids can access them too...which makes my life a whole heck of a lot easier.

So would I recommend this to you all?  Yes.  Are there any drawbacks?  Sort of.  Pens don't fit inside the drawers which is why I went to Target and bought those cute little buckets you see on top of the ToolKit.  Oh, and I also need to remember where each little drawer is.  Sometimes I spend a bit too much time looking for brads ;)

So have you tried out the ToolKit???   What else did you try this year that you saw on the holy internet and just *had* to do?

And just in case you need more things to try, Holly over at Fourth Grade Flipper is hosting a Tried it Tuesday linky.  There are a bunch of great things that you can try out for yourself in your own classroom :)  Head on over!


  1. I love my tool kit too- but it sits on my desk... I can't give up my desk.

  2. I love my toolbox too! You are right about the pens though...need to find some of those buckets!

    Craft of Teaching

  3. I have a different variety, with more big drawers so my pens fit sideways, along with markers, pencils (the short zebra mechanical ones), sharpies, etc. I keep my tool kit on my small group table, then I have everything in BOTH places (until I get my desk cleaned out and out of my classroom anyway...

  4. Your tool kit looks great! It looks like I found another project to add to my summer list.

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  5. Love my toolkit! I'm so glad you still love yours, too! It's a time saver (I hate looking for those brads, too!).

    Fun in Room 4B

  6. I made one last summer, and I like (but not love) it. How did you affix your labels? Mine fall off.

  7. I noticed these everywhere last summer too but did not make one. Since you have used it all year and still love it, I think I need to add this to my summer project list! It must look much bigger online than it actually is because I was surprised to read that pens don't fit. Thanks so much for sharing and linking up!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  8. I bought one last summer too. Mine is a smaller version, and it just sits on my desk. I didn't paint it, and I didn't put labels on the drawers either. To me it is easier to just see inside the drawers.


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