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5 Things I Can’t Live without in My Classroom #julychallenge

on July 5, 2014

Thanks to @druinok for making me ponder what 5 things I cannot live without in my classroom.  All have simplified or improved myclassroom in some way…

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Shoe Organizer – I use mine to store calculators and clickers.  I didn’t have a picture from my current room, this is from my old classroom.  I actually have 2 of them-numbered to correspond to calculator labels.  They are clear, which allows me to stand at my door and quickly scan to determine all have been returned before dismissing students.  I have seen teachers storing measureing tools, tape, gluesticks, markers, index cards, even rulers. Possibilities are endless.

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Filetastic – from Mardel’s – hanging file organizer. Great to store extra copies, etc. A great purpose of unused wall space.  They are lifesavers for anyonr in a small room space.  Keep an eye out, sometimes you can catch them on sale! 

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The BEST Pencil Sharpener EvvvvveerrRrrrr!  Check them out at Classroom Friendly Supplies.  Here is my post and review-after 2 years, I love it even more! My students return to my classroom to use it.  It is amazing.  If you are an administrator, buy them for your teachers!  If you are a teacher, invest in one!!  If you are a parent, give one as a back to school gift for your student’s teacher…they will love you forever!  They added a couple of new colors as well.

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Stickers – Whether its to add some whimsy or a high five to student work or plain dot stickers to carousel and respond to Always, Sometimes, Never statements…I like stickers. And so do the students.  I use them to color code groups, assign specific tasks.  And just this week, created pinch cards for RYG self-assessment.

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Sticky-Notes: I have no clue how many I go through a year.  Last year I stocked up when Mighty $ had a package of 600 for $1.  Yep, I thought it was a deal, too!  Whether its a stoplight quiz, exit ticket, flip for answers quiz, 2-minute student reflection…we do something with sticky notes at least twice a week. 

Coming soon #5things I do with Sticky Notes in My Classroom!

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4 responses to “5 Things I Can’t Live without in My Classroom #julychallenge

  1. I LOVE sticky notes so I can’t wait to hear more about how you use them!

  2. What is a stoplight quiz, and where did you get that amazing stoplight? I am all about that pencil sharpener, too!

    • Pam Wilson says:

      Students place their sticky at their self-assessed level of understanding. Green – got it! Very confident. Yellow – almost there! Needs more practice. Red-struggling. Needs help.

      They place sticky next to the color and it’s a great visual for where class is as a whole. If I don’t use sticky notes, I have RYG folders they drop their quiz into as they leave the room.

      Some teachers use color baskets. Also, I often have students indicate on their papers 1 is red, 2 is yellow, 3 is green. I will post a link in a bit for you to see.

    • Pam Wilson says:

      I picked up the stop light at a teacher store in town several years ago.

      Here is a link to a better description.

      http://pamjwilson.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/planning-for-post-it-note-assessments-made4math/

      Hope it helps!

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