Tried it Tuesday - If At First You Don't Succeed.....

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.

I have tried a number of markers to use on chart paper to make anchor charts. Last year I kept reading all over the blogging world about these fabulous markers.

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.

For the last few years I have been using a job chart - that I do not have a picture of because I ripped it down and threw it in the recycling bin in a fit of frustration. It was a really nice job chart - I used super cute cards pasted on  library pocket card holders and students names on index cards in each pocket if it was their job. Only I stopped moving jobs around on Monday mornings or I forget whose job it was or I couldn't see the name ....

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!!


  1. I like the Mr Sketch markers too but my new favorite is made by Sharpie--they are the bullet tip chart markers. I love the way they write! It comes in a pack of 8 but the color variety is limited ( I do like that the pack has 2 black markers tho :)

    good luck on your search :)

  2. I've used Mr. Sketch markers for years...and I love them! I use them every day to write my message, as well as anchor charts. The only thing is that toward the end of the year they start fading a little (I just noticed fading this month), so you might have to replace them part way through. Plus, they smell good!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  3. Thanks for the shout out and your kind words-you're so sweet! I booked you for bingo next winter at my school! LOL! I'm so glad you like teacher of the day! Most of my ideas happen by accident because my brain sees something and I think, "How can I use that in my classroom?" I brought the chair from my nail salon after we closed it (couldn't do both jobs)and everyone wanted to sit in it because it was "like mine". The chair plus I was horrible at keeping track of the jobs = the invention of teacher of the day!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  4. I love the Teacher of the Day idea with the "special chair." I think I need to try that next year. Thanks so much!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. My school buys "School Smart" markers. (That is the actual brand name!) I like them pretty well. Unfortunately the chart paper we bought was super thin, and they kept bleeding through. I had to always write with cardstock behind each page. The markers lasted pretty long for me, most of the year.

    Eclectic Educating

  6. Hey friend!
    You are such a sweet blogger friend! Just sayin'!

    Apparently I'm going to have to go back and read millions of posts now that I will have time because I've missed some great ideas! I love the Teacher of the Day idea and I am so doing that next year. Although, I don't guess they could be line leader and door holder at the same I'll have to work that out...

    I like the bags with the tape...I've seen the fun duct tape ones on Pinterest. As far as markers- I've never heard of the ones that you have used but I do love Mr. Sketch. I don't think that I've ever had markers last all year. Mr. Sketch are fun smelling though (except maybe a few). But I like the tips. I do like the Sharpie chart markers as well though. Although I haven't found them near me.

    I love the numbers!! :O)
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. Sharpie chart markers are my favorite, until a student ruins the point because they're touching my things (also I don't like the lack of colors). I also like regular old crayola markers or sharpies. One thing I do, to help with the bleeding through, is to start at the back and flip forward, so we have the cardboard behind it at all times :) good luck!

  8. Mr. Sketch markers are 100% my favourite - can't get enough and they last forever! I love the idea of Teacher for a Day - cute spin on V.I.P. or Student of the Day.

    Love to Learn

  9. I love everything about this post!
    1. Your numbers are super cute! I keep thinking I should do that on Five for Friday link ups but keep taking the easy way out. Once I do it once though, I could copy from that post!

    2. My anchor charts are pretty sad looking because I always create them on the spot with just regular sharpies or thick, plain markers for some parts. I have read some teachers create them in advance (which might be why they look SO nice!). I might try to create a few this summer that I think would be great to have done in advance.

    3. I am with you on the job chart. I always had just one teacher of the day and then was inspired by a post to have classroom librarians which then led to other jobs that I have tried out the past ten weeks. The classroom librarian, line leader, and board boss jobs have worked out well and students are not tired of those. But the others have lost their novelty. I might keep the ones that work and then have one teacher helper that could run all my errands to the office, pick up homework for ELA (we switch for ELA and there are homework baskets in homeroom that need to get picked up), get lunch cards ready, check the classroom at the end of the day, etc. I don't like keeping up with my current job chart but the kids have been doing more work to help out if that makes sense. is always a work in progress isn't it?
    Thanks for linking up, friend:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. I love Mr. Sketch! They are bright and last a long time!


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