I had the opportunity to visit a wonderful 3rd grade classroom in a rural part of Oregon. The Rock Star teacher Arlee Hall has created a well run, organized and inclusive classroom. He has a 3-d printer, is raising salmon in his class, and incorporates technology to allow his students access to the wider world beyond their small town. His passion and innovation for education exudes out of every corner of his classroom. Many of his supplies in class have been donated thanks to his hard work with https://www.donorschoose.org.
Teacher Hack-Water Bottle Holder: One idea that stood out and made me think “why didn’t I think of that?” was the way he uses bike water bottle holders on table legs to provide a water bottle access for each student. Most teachers keep the water bottles in bins, rolling carts or by the sink. His simple teacher hack of providing a holder for each student creates less clutter, confusion and minimizes the out of seat time going to and from the sink to get water.
Inclusive: For kids with autism, having access to their water, and taking periodic drinks of it can become a calming and self-soothing activity. Knowing the water is within arm’s reach can cause less stress and anxiety for the child. When a child’s basic needs are met, there is something reassuring and calming that can happen instantly. For kids with limited mobility, having easy access to a water bottle helps minimize the physical need to access a water bottle or drinking fountain across the room.
How to: Find water bottle holders that can clamp on to the table legs. A simple google search lead me to this: https://www.amazon.com/Bike-Water-Bottle-Cage-Specialized/dp/B073FFRQTL/ref=sr_1_12?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1524846482&sr=1-12&keywords=bike+water+bottle+holder
Here is another pic. of the water bottle holder attached to the table leg in Arlee’s classroom.
The teacher who created this cool water bottle teacher hack is on twitter and you can follow him @ .