Mission Organization: Recycled Writing

As I was browsing through the dollar store, I came across this really cute trash can.  I know, it’s a trash can for crying out loud!  But hey, I’m an elementary teacher with vision!!


I decided that this would be a great place for students to put their ideas that they want to write about in the future, but just don’t have time for at the moment the idea hits them.  Instead of just telling students, “I’m sorry, but you just can’t write about that right now,” I will now have a better solution.  My students will be able to write down their ideas and place them in the “Recycled Writing Ideas” can to save for the future.

There are many different ways that this can be used, and I’m not sure exactly how I will implement it, but right now it is just another step to getting myself and my students organized.  I’m thinking that this will be a great way to find out what kids really want to write about, and hopefully I can incorporate their ideas into my classroom discussions and individual writing pieces.  As the year goes on, I’m sure I’ll find many more ways to use it.

I would LOVE to hear your ideas if you have some.  I’m always open to new ways of thinking!!



  1. Hey there,
    great idea! Do you know the taskboard of SCRUM? You can see one here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/Scrum_task_board.jpg
    My idea would be to take something like a SCRUM taskboard with columns labeled “Ideas”, “Writing” and “Written” and some post-its students can write their ideas on and move to writing and written. What do you think? I guess this would visualize quite well what students want to write about and what they do write about.
    Have a great day & may the force be with you,

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