My classroom is not the most decorated place in the entire world...its colorful and bright, but themes--who knew about that all of that existed??? I didn't. I guess that's the difference between middle school and elementary school. Gives me plenty to think about this summer. I think my theme for next year is "Rainbow Explosion." We'll see how good/bad that turns out.
Today I am linking up with The Applicious Teacher for a summer long linky party :)
Anyways, I have been looking forward to this week's topic all week long. The number one classroom management strategy that I have is my number system. Before the Open House night, I number all of my students and post my rosters on the back wall with their number beside it. Each desk has a number on it, like the ones below.
I laminate the whole set, even the extra ones (just in case one number goes MIA I have a replacement that looks similar to the others...OCD coming out in me).
I use masking tape to make a loop and then tape the number to the desk. This tape doesn't leave any residue and peels of nicely. I replace the tape about every two weeks because the tape loses its stickiness for various reasons (kid repositioning the numbers, etc.).
I use the numbers all over the place in my classroom. All of the calculators have a number on the back. Students get their calculator from their pocket on the chart and put their calculator back in that same spot when finished. This way, I can keep track and see easily when a calculator is missing and can hunt it down by knowing who used it last.
I use numbers when I call on students, taking attendance...and I just found a new idea from Sticky Notes & Glitter...Making a BINGO chart with their numbers and using it as positive reinforcement.
Oh I'm looking forward to this year :)