So it was last summer that I was at one of our favorite “teacher” stores (meaning it is not actually a teacher store, but that teachers can find all kinds of neat stuff there), Whole Earth Provision Company, that I picked up this book and had to buy it. It is called The Art of Clean Up by Ursus Wehrli, and it is full of interesting before and after pictures. In the before picture, the items are all mixed-up, and in the after picture they are neatly organized. (Hey, I actually spent money to be a better teacher.) I showed the book to my students and gave them a week to come up with their own ideas. They always amaze me. Here are a few of my favorites, all of which my students came up with on their own. None are copied from the above book. Books serve to give us ideas, the creativity we must generate on our own.
The above two photos were taken by +Lexi Miller .