Simple Tip to Re-Engage Students with Classroom Materials

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Have you ever wondered why classroom materials or supplies that were once a hit with your students inevitably sit neglected and untouched? Before you assume that your kids are no longer interested, check out this simple tip for how to re-engage students with classroom materials. This teacher tip is so simple! The best part is that it doesn’t require dipping into our classroom budgets to buy new supplies!

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Before you put old items and supplies away, check out this simple tip for how to re-engage students with classroom materials!

Simple Tip to Re-Engage Students with Classroom Materials

If you notice your students aren’t playing with certain toys or using certain supplies anymore, try this simple tip. You will be amazed at how effective it is!

Simply swap out the supply container or change the way the items are being presented! In addition to rotating your materials and supplies, this can be a great way to revive an old item and make it feel new – which suddenly makes it appealing again!

How Does this Tip Work?

Recently I noticed my kids weren’t using the plastic toy animals much anymore. Sometimes that would mean that I may rotate or put things away, but not this time. This time I simply swapped the animals into a clear storage bin instead of the orange container they were in. I kept my center color coding system in place by adding a piece of orange construction paper to the new bin.

I swapped our toy animals into a clear storage bin instead of the orange container they were in to re-engage the students.

You can also add an additional item to the same materials to increase student engagement. I placed the animal bin next to a castle we already had out and ta-da – renewed interest! The animals suddenly became the hottest thing since sliced bread.

I also placed the animal bin next to a castle we already had to increase student engagement.

Are you looking for new ways to re-engage students with old classroom materials? Be sure to try this super simple and effective strategy!

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