Linking up with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for her Tried it Tuesday Linky. I love reading her posts - she has a way of sharing her ideas that is inspiring but also makes it seem like I could do it too - that is my favorite quality in a teaching blog.
Today I am sharing a few things that I had to try more than one time before succeeding.
I have tried a number of ways to store math manipulatives for students - the paper ones we cut and they need for numerous lessons. First I used envelopes glued into their duotangs - I thought that if the students kept the flap tucked in their math tools would be safe - nope.
Next I had a brilliant idea to use page protectors. These would work if the students always carried their duotangs right side up and never tossed them into the finished work bin or back into the math bin - unfortunately most kids in my class carry their duotang in a way guaranteed to make things fall out!
Finally, I had the boring idea to use ziploc baggies and packing tape. This boring and unattractive method is the winning way in our classroom.
Only I am not finding them so fabulous (maybe it is just me). I do like that they have two sizes of tips on each marker, that is great. But they do not last any longer than other markers, I have had many tips split so I end up with a funky line in my letters and I don't love the colours - the purple and orange in particular bug me and there is no pink or grey or light blue. I am still searching for the perfect marker for making anchor charts (I believe if I have the right marker mine will look like the ones I pin on pinterest!). I have read that people love their scented markers from Mr. Sketch so those are next on my list to try - if you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them.
It was a sad state of affairs until I read this post by Joanne (super awesome blogger from Head Over Heels for Teaching) and now we have "Teacher of the Day". I steal tons of ideas from Joanne, I even told my class that I got this idea from her - shout outs in the class!
Each day one student is Teacher of the Day and they get all of the jobs - attendance, hand out paper, collect library books, put stickers in agendas at the end of the day etc. I know who the teacher of the day is because they get to sit in a super comfy padded grey chair instead of the hard plastic orange chair. We are going in reverse ABC order. My kids were so excited when I introduced this last week that they immediately started figuring out the order and wrote me up a list! I will for sure use this again next year, plus I do not need to take up valuable wall space for a job chart!
|Super comfy chair for teacher of the day!|
I also tried numbering my post like the super cute ladies at Collaboration Cuties - love it!!