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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Teaching Tips

Belinda from I Love 2 Teach is having a linky party for teaching tips. 

I have a lot of time-saving things that I do in the classroom. One thing I do (some of you might do this already) is assign each of the kids a number in the beginning of the year (I do it alphabetically by last name). I write this on their nameplates on their desk, so they remember, and when it is time to collect papers for grading (like after a test) I call everyone’s number. It’s quick and easy, and when I go to grade, they are already in ABC order, which is nice when recording in the grade book! One of my friends takes it a step further and has them write their number on all papers. When the papers are handed in to a bin, she can quickly put them in number order, and see who hasn’t turned in their work!

Another tip: in the beginning of the year I send home a wish list. Two things I ask for are baby wipes and shaving cream. Both are wonderful ways to clean grubby little desks! J The shaving cream takes a bit longer, but they LOVE it (even last year’s 2nd graders – we did this the last week to all desks and center tables – saved me from doing it, and they had fun!). During the year you can practice math facts or cursive in the shaving cream while they play, then when it’s time to clean up, just wipe with a wet paper towel!

 Anyone else have any fun tips to share? Link up here: http://ilove2teach.blogspot.com/2011/07/too-cool-for-school-linky-party.html
~ Laura


  1. Thanks for linking up! I use the number system too! It makes things quick and easy! I love the wish list idea!

    I Love 2 Teach

  2. Hi!! I found your blog from the linky party..just wanted to say hi! I also use #'s for students and I label EVERYTHING with them. It makes things so much easier!!
    The Sweet Life of Third Grade

  3. Found your blog through the link party! Now a new follower.

    The Bubbly Blonde