- August 5, 2018 at 4:38 PM #51071
This is a question primarily for elementary teachers: we ask students to bring all their items clearly marked on the first day of school. And yet, it is a request easily overlooked. How do you deal with this? The last 2-3 years on enrollment day I handed out a note listing the items to each student asking them to check each items as they mark it (or have it marked). Then I ask them to bring the note with them to school the first day since it ends up being a certificate for a small “thank you for being responsible” if/when completed. It has helped. I think this idea could be further developed or be creatively revamped. What ideas do you have to offer?
- August 11, 2018 at 12:55 PM #51362
I’m not sure how this would apply to elementary students, but when my high school students fail to get something like this done in a reasonable amount of time they’ll generally have to stay in the classroom during lunch until it’s finished.
- August 11, 2018 at 8:23 PM #51370
It has been interesting to me as I observed over the years. By now I often know that certain families will come with everything marked and correct and certain other families won’t, even if the instructions have been highlighted, bolded, and underlined. I require a gallon size zip lock bag to store unused supplies for each student and usually need to have a few on hand for those students who don’t bring one. (Maybe for some of them I’ve given up.) However, it did seem to help once I started sending out the lists with some color on the important items.
At the same time, I’ve started making the pencils, glue sticks, tissues, and cap erasers communal property. If they have followed the supply list instructions, everyone is bringing the same things. It makes it easier for me to reach into a box and pull out a new glue stick rather than make sure I have the correct student’s glue stick. Crayons, block erasers, rulers, folders, and scissors I keep separate for each child.
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