I am super excited to be part of this blog hop. I am always looking for new ideas and I know I will be hopping around collecting them today!!!
For my bright idea I thought I would share something that has changed my classroom routines so much this year. Usually when students were leaving the classroom they just left unless it was to go to the bathroom. If they were leaving to go to the bathroom they had to write their name on the board under my cutely designed boys/girls headers.
What kept happening was students spent way too much time writing their names and doodling. Or they decided that their line separating the two sections was better than the last person who drew it so they would erase the old one and draw a new "straight" line. I was tired of constantly saying "Just write your name and move on!" I just got my new shipment of washi tape (newest obsession) and bought some more magnet strips and the bright idea just came to me !!!
That night I created name circles, printed them, laminated them, and stuck magnets to them. The next day after school I created my students leaving board. Not only did I have a place for students to move their name if they were going to the bathroom but I added a spot for the adults who they left the room with. I have more than half of my students leaving the room to work with learning assistance at some point in the day and it was getting hard to know where all my students were.
This board is AMAZING. Yup all caps worthy. Let me say it again. This board is AMAZING!!! There is no longer a student doodling on the board, I don't have to replace markers, or have student scream dramatically when the container falls on the floor. Oh yeah and I can easily see where my students are. I will be doing this every year for sure.
If you are looking for more great ideas, please visit the next blog on this blog hop, written by Rebecca ! She is the wonderful author for Darlin' Little Leaders and is sharing some great tips on accountable talk.
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