New student organization for a new year

This is an oldie from last year, but I had to share it again (with an updated sign, of course!) because it has worked out to be a total lifesaver! You can see the original post if you'd like here (I've been working on improving my photography skills this year, can you see any difference? Ha! Probably not, just humor me!).

This is a little storage piece I use for all supplies, name tags, book bags (for Reader's Workshop)...anything I need to have prepared for when a new student comes in.

I tend to get a lot of new arrivals throughout the year (especially at this time of year) so it has been on my mind to share...in case you are a newer reader of the blog.

And be reassured, I don't only supply glue for my students, though it seems that way from the picture!

I'm also working on a little printable to help track students (since I have a high turnover) and keep important information in one place (rather than running down to the office for it). Are you working with a transient population? Would you be interested in this document? If so, I will share it in my next post.

Here's the file (oooo...first one of 2012!)
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New Students Sign

24 comments

  1. This is great! I try to do this...but I need to do a better job with it! =)
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

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  2. Up until this year, I did have a high transient population (I had 50 kids through my class last year!!...this year, I have switched to a new school though, a magnet, and no one comes or goes) I would love the document though. You never know when I might be in a situation to need it again.

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

    (PS...I responded to your question on my blog post...not sure how you are supposed to know that though. Do you get emails about it? I would love to figure that out!)

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  3. I also work in a pretty transient school and would love your printable. It is such a good idea to have a little crate full of supplies and books because I always find myself struggling and looking for all the supplies that I need!! :) I have to do this!

    Thanks for the label.

    Sweet Times in First

    sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com
    Sandra

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  4. HeeHeeHee
    I read this as "I don't APPLY glue to my students" (It worked with the picture too!)
    I guess I need to work on "fix-up" strategies...

    I am always scrambling for parts and pieces, so this is a great idea. And SO adorable--as usual!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  5. Kristen,

    Loved this idea so much when I saw it on the original post. It has saved my life this year, as I have gained a student every 2 or 3 weeks since school started. Thanks for the great idea!

    Samantha
    msbeattie-samantha.blogspot.com

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  6. Love it Kristen! I have a very high turn-over too! It seems like we get a new student or lose a student every week. CRAZY! :)

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  7. Great idea with the crate! I have a separate "space" in a drawer, but it just blends into everything else. Thanks for sharing!

    Mary Beth
    runteacherrunriley.blogspot.com

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  8. I usually have a very transient population as well. This year, though, I just seem to keep getting students but not losing any! Not that I want to lose any, but my #s are getting up there (29!).

    Rachel
    Go Fourth! With Mrs. Owens

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  9. You are so creative. I would love the printable. My population is pretty transient, but my class is technically "locked" so I'm not supposed to receive any more students. I found out today that one of my favorite kids is leaving tomorrow and I'm pretty sure I also lost another one over break. Whaaa.

    P.S. I can totally tell your photography has improved :)

    Bonnie
    Living A Wonderful Life

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  10. I should have had this in place already....I lost my precious Hungarian girl my last day before Christmas break and today was surprised with a phonecall from the P telling me I am getting a new student from Russia tomorrow..I am scrambling to get everything ready and still can't find some things....eekk...

    4th Grade Frolics

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  11. Ohmyword. I just found out that you had ALREADY done a whole tutorial on taking that word verification off. DUH! Why did I just waste the past hour doing that post! HA!!! I should've known!!! You are the best!!!!!

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  12. My classroom is a revolving door! More this year than most- I gained and lost2 people in a 2 weeks span...I had 14 kids at one point!!wowwy! UN. HEARD. OF! But I do try to have a bin for my new students, but this year?? I've just given up on that! lol...don't want to waste my copies(you know, since they are so limited these days- bah!)
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

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  13. This is great! I lost 2 students and gained a new one over break so this is just what I need right now. It's also nice to hear that lots of teachers are dealing with transient populations! Comfort in numbers.

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  14. I like this. I try to make about 10 new student packets in a gallon bag at the beginning of the year for possible new students that come in with some basic supplies and folders and journals set up already the way I like (most kids don't bring any supplies anyway). It makes it soooo simple when I get a new student. This year, I've only gotten one new student, but in the past I would get waaaaaay more. Better to be prepared though!

    The Science Penguin

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  15. This is awesome. Teaching gifted, I don't tend to get too many new nuggets into my class, but I do from time to time. Even just getting one or two new kids a year takes a LOT of time to get set up when the come in and I have NOTHING ready for them. I've got to do this :)

    Denise
    Sunny Days In Second Grade

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  16. Love this! Adding it to my "new student" drawer. http://chickadeejubilee.blogspot.com/2011/10/this-week.html

    Laurie

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  17. You know I have the smaller version of your kids so I will be using this soon. :) Thanks for the label.

    What kind of new supplies do you have in there?

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  18. Wow! This is perfect! I teach next to a military base and children are always moving in and out. This printable will be great! I keep all of my new student stuff in a clear bin in my closet, but it might come out of the closet with this new label on it :) I'd love the printable for tracking student info, too. Thanks for all of your wonderful freebies!

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  19. I just gave you the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out here: http://creativeteaching-kimberly.blogspot.com/2012/01/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  20. Thanks so much! I received a new kid just a couple days ago, during this time I tend to get a lot of newbies too!

    Color Me Kinder

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  21. What a wonderful idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing this!
    Kate
    http://tothesquareinch.wordpress.com

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  22. I can not wait to share your blog with one of the teachers at my school. She loves ladybugs and teaches 4th grade. She will love it. I'm a first grade newbie. I have been following many of the blogs in the giveaway for the last three months and I continue to discover even more of your blogs each day...2 more before I saw your giveaway. I have become obsessed. I would love to win this giveaway. It would help me so much as I venture more into teaching first graders. Thanks to all of you for creating and sharing your ideas and for re-energizing me. My kids love it and get excited each week as they get new things to play and create! first.grade.newbie@gmail.com

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  23. Where do you get your little children clip art images?

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    1. Hi Sally, they are from Thistlegirl Designs...she does incredible work!

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