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"Sometimes the best solutions come in the simplest package."
~ Someone Really Smart. Probably a Teacher. Yup, Definitely a Teacher.
While that quote might not be real, it is true. For me, my simple solution came in the form of 3x5 cards.
Now, in the interest of full-disclosure, I should tell you that I have a
huge slight obsession with them.
Can you blame me?!
Not only are they are great for menu planning...
...but I also use them when I work out (that's a whole 'nother blog post!)...
...and they were a life-saver in my classroom.
Let me show you how:
- List one student's name on each card. When it's time to pick partners, shuffle the cards and quickly call out the pairs.
- Use the name cards to call on students during a lesson. You will avoid calling on the same person all the time and the students will pay attention since they never know when their name will be called.
- No one is upset with you over who gets picked or who partners with whom.
- Use the name cards to keep track of who has turned in an item or done a certain task. Go through the cards and ask each student. Those that say 'no,' place in a pile off to the side. Instant list!
- Get the colored ones if you have multiple classes that you teach. Write one class of kids on each color.
- Write different, simple rewards on each card. When the whole class- or just each student- earns a reward, let them choose a card from the stack to see what they've 'won.'
- Create a reading caterpillar around the top of the room: As students finish reading a book, have them write their name and the name of the book on the card. They can decorate it and then tape it to the wall to create a long caterpillar that wraps around the room. Tell your class that when the caterpillar wraps the entire way around the room, they can earn a reward.
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