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The Sisters Redesign a New Teacher's Storage Area (VIDEO)

"The Sisters" (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser)

The Sisters help a new teacher, Amy, sort through junk she inherited from previous occupants of her classroom. They use the "piles" method to sort through materials, separating books and supplies into four stacks:

1. Materials to keep
2. Materials to keep (but store elsewhere)
3. Materials to offer to colleagues
4. Materials to discard or recycle
 

The video uses time-lapse videography to show how the coat, storage, and book area is transformed in the process of winnowing down these materials. Total length of the video is six minutes.

 


This video is an excerpt from the Simply Beautiful DVD

 

Want to clean up a hot spot of your own? Download the one-page "hot spots" workshop to try with a partner or in a study group by clicking here.

"The Sisters" (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser)

Gail Boushey and Joan Moser are known simply as "The Sisters" to tens of thousands of teachers all over the world who follow their acclaimed programs on literacy instruction and classroom design. Gail and Joan are the authors of the bestselling books The Daily Five and The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction, as well as many DVDs. You can learn more about their work at their thriving membership website, The Daily Cafe.