"Check your buckets!!"
I don't know HOW MANY time's I've called that out at the end of class!
On the first day of art class, I went over how to organize the table buckets with every single one of my classes, and for a while they stayed pretty organized. Then... CHAOS.
Well... as chaotic as messy buckets full of art supplies can get.
I have no idea why I didn't think of this sooner. Everything else in my classroom is super organized - so the fact that it never dawned on me to put labels on my table buckets is madness.
So on our teacher workday right after winter break I spent some time printing, mounting, and taping these labels onto my buckets. And I have to say - ever since they have stayed extremely organized!
I'm pretty sad it took me this long to figure out. :/
Each bucket now has a space for colored pencils, pencils, erasers, color sticks, and crayons. On each label I also included a visual to help my younger students and ESL students figure out what goes where.