Well simply said, a glue sponge is a household sponge saturated in liquid glue and stored in a resealable container. Glue sponges are not difficult concepts, but they have drastically reduced the time my students take to paste any kind of paper or activity and my classroom stays clean! Best of all, I only go through 1 gallon of liquid glue of glue in an average school year and use the glue sponges almost daily. Time, money, and sanity-saving? Who wouldn't want that?
Making yours glue sponges
I first learned about these at an AVID conference where I spent 3 days learning all the in's and out's of a traditional AVID INB. About 2 hours into the session a teacher chimed in with the question that was on everybody's mind. How do you manage the glue mess and stress? Well, the workshop facilitator started talking about teaching students to respect glue sticks, and out of the audience, an angel spoke up. She shared with us the concept of a glue sponge, which is just a liquid glue saturated sponge, that she used with her lower elementary students. We were all of course interested in this novel approach to glue, but I was still a bit skeptical and confused. She then shared a video showing their set up and I was sold. Here is my video tutorial!