Thanks to Scotch Brands for sponsoring this post! Just in time for back-t0-school organization Scotch Brand has so may colors and patterns of Scotch Expressions Tapes in different varieties – Magic Tape, masking tape, washi tape and shipping tape!
Teachers tend to get excited about things that other adults just may not quite “get”. So we KNOW that you get that twinkle in your eye (as we did) when you see all of those fun tapes that Scotch has out in stores! Didn’t your mind immediately go straight to all of the possibilities for your classroom as you picked up each of the designs and rolled them around in your hands? (Crafty people probably had the same reaction we’re guessing, right?) That’s why we were THRILLED when Scotch sent us some of their AWESOME Scotch Expressions Tape designs and asked us to get thinking about back-to-school ideas and classroom organization!
So we got really creative one day to see what we could do with some of these Scotch Expressions Tapes. We had so much fun thinking of fun ways to use the different designs to jazz up some of our classroom organization ideas. Below are pictures of the things we created along with links to the labels and resources we created to go with each item.
For these containers we used empty vegetable cans, peeled off the labels, and ran them through the dishwasher. We used a few of the wider Scotch Expression packing tapes first and then created borders at the top and bottom with the more narrow tapes. You could make a set of these for each table of students or use a few bigger cans and place them in a central location in your classroom for all of your students.
Hall passes are something most of have to use for our students as we send them independently to the restrooms, the nurse, the office or the library. But how many times has your student returned without the pass because they have set it down and left it somewhere? To solve this problem we thought Hall Pass Lanyards would do the trick. Students wear them around their necks so they won’t get lost. We have created four different designs for passes that you can attach to these lanyards with rings. To make ours, we cut two large pieces of Scotch Expressions masking tape. We then stuck them together and attached the ends together with other colors. We added a large binder ring. We printed our passes in color and will laminate and hole punch them to make some fun and trendy lanyards!
STATUS OF THE CLASS & ATTENDANCE BOARDS
Jill got these next ideas from a new sixth grade teacher at her school. This teacher hangs these boards on her classroom door, but you could also choose to hang them on a wall in your class. For this project you would just need to purchase small magnetic dry erase boards and use your favorite Scotch Expression tape designs to create borders and boxes.
With so many students headed off to the restrooms, the library, interventions, speech or other places it can sometimes be difficult to remember where each student has gone. To keep track of where various students are at different times throughout the day, this teacher has her students sign a dry erase board as they head off to different places in the building. Upon their return they erase their name.
Status of the Class Chalkboard Labels
For this next idea you need your board, but you also need to purchase some small magnets on which you can write student numbers or names. (Another cute idea is to use small colored rocks or stones and hot glue magnets to the back of them. Label the stones with student names or numbers using a permanent marker.) Students enter the room at the beginning of each day and move their numbered magnet to the section labeled “I am here and ready to learn.” The teacher can then simply check this board to take attendance. It can also serve to show instructional assistants, speech teachers or interventionists who come to your room to pick up students whether the students they work with are present without interrupting the class.
Attendance Board Chalkboard Labels
The communication board idea came from a friend of ours who just started teaching in a preschool. She teaches in the mornings and shares the same class with an afternoon teacher. She expressed a need to quickly and easily share information about lessons and students with her colleague, so we created a board for them both to write notes upon. For anyone who is co-teaching or job sharing, this is a GREAT idea!
This next idea has a few different possibilities. First, we all have “to do” lists at school or at home. Instead of using paper to write these down, why not make them more visible by using one of these boards? You can accomplish your tasks and wipe them off as they are completed. (Such a great feeling, right?!) You can also use this board with the students in your classroom. Help them prioritize assignments or projects during independent work time by putting this board in your room with lists of what needs to be done.
Things to Do Now & Later Labels
Another idea will help your students keep organized with their daily assignments. Use a large dry erase board and divide it into six sections. Label the first five sections with the days of the school week and label the final section with “Reminders” or possibly “Weekend Assignments”. By writing daily assignments and leaving them up all week, students will be able to make sure they have everything completed on time. This is also great for students who are absent. Upon their return, they can use this board to record what they missed int0 the Assignment Notebooks.
Days of the Week Chalkboard Labels
Finally, we also used the Scotch Expression tapes to decorate a few extra cans and brightly covered gift bags so that we would always have bright and cheerful containers for our center supplies. Instead of simply laying out papers, crayons, scissors, dice, letters or other center materials, place them in these decorated containers and bags to make your centers look more engaging and inviting to your students. It’s amazing how something so simple can excite your students about the tasks that you are asking them to accomplish!
You can find more ideas for using the Scotch Expressions Tapes, find a retailer near you or order online at ScotchBrands.com.