One more day and I am officially on summer vacation! I can't wait to catch up with everyone and their wonderful ideas for keeping things running smoothly :)
Today I wanted to share one of the top organizational methods that has truly made a huge difference in my classroom. It's neither new or original, as so many teachers have turned to this system over the years.
But it did take this teacher 'til her 11th year to figure out how useful it was!
It was numbering my students.
After reading so many great ways of organizing students by numbers, I decided to give it a try last summer. I didn't realize at the time how much I would end up using this system in class this year!
Here are some of the ways I've use student numbers to keep my class organized this past year (the green links below the pictures will take you to the original posts and free downloads for each):
Number Drawers for Student Materials (original post here)
Numbering and Highlighting Papers (original post here)
Managing Pencils (original post here)
I know we always say this to one another, but isn't it funny how the littlest thing can make such a big difference in your classroom?
I love the numbering system so much, for so many reasons. Numbers are...
- Orderly: students can be numbered in alphabetical order (at least, until a new student arrives!). Everything can be kept in numerical order and managed by the students. Workbooks sorted by numbers? Not a problem for my class to find their books or to put them away.
- Easy to Remember: all of my students can be assigned a number and remember it with ease, even if they are a newcomer student just learning English. They remember them better than their teacher, in fact! ;)
- Ideal for Management Systems: many of my management systems were ideas that evolved later in the year (The Great Pencil Challenge didn't come about 'til this spring, for example). Yet the numbers are extremely easy to incorporate into any system you might envision.
- Eye-Catching: Ok, so this last one sounds a bit flaky, but it's true! Numbers are lovely design-wise. They don't take up a lot of space on a label and they look nice and uniform throughout the classroom.
Do you use student numbers in your classroom? How do you use them?
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