April's Bright Idea!

Welcome!  This month's Bright Idea is so super simple - how do I hang things in my classroom?

The first trick I learned from my pal Corinna at Surfin Through Second - Magnets!  This is the first classroom I've had where the whiteboard is magnetic.  Corinna suggested getting little, thin magnets and taping them to the back corners of whatever you want to permanently hang on your whiteboard. 

This option is perfect for me because we have louver windows that when open allow the wind to come rushing through the room, blowing papers off desks and walls.  My posters with these strong little magnets stuck to the back don't go anywhere!  You can find these kind of magnets at Home Depot or craft stores.

Now what about things that go on walls, cabinets, or other non-magnetic surfaces?  Painter's tape!  This isn't a new idea by any means, but the way I organize it might be a new idea for you - Tape Pillows on a whiteboard! 

Before I start taping things to the walls, windows, cabinets, or doors, I make a bunch of little tape pillows and put them on a student whiteboard.  This makes the arranging so easy.  It's really quick for doing activities with the kids, too.  Sometimes we make labels for an anchor chart or we add words to our word wall.  It's so nice to have these little tape pillows ready to go so we don't waste any time.

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  1. I use magnets ALL time time. I have gone through hundreds this year and I couldn't agree more about how much they simplify things!

  2. Such a great idea! I'm going to use this for hanging border trim on my whiteboard! So much faster and easier than adding and removing tape each year! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Such a great idea for border on your whiteboard! I'm going to have to do that, too! :)

  3. I love your signs where the students indicates how well they understood the lesson by holding up their fingers. We call this exit strategy. What do yo call it and are your posters available? I would love to have something visible for my students and as a reminder to me to ask my students this question after teaching a lesson. Also, do you use them after every lesson taught or do you let them try it on their own first? I have heard different stratagies and would love to hear yours. Thank you!

    1. Here they are! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Do-You-Understand-Formative-Assessments-on-the-Fly-659351

      I don't use them after every lesson, but you definitely could. I use them after an introductory lesson on a new topic and that helps me gauge who will need more help during guided and independent practice. They also align with our writing rubrics, so the kids really understand what each number means when I grade their papers.

  4. Great ideas, and such a cute classroom! I used adhesive-backed magnet strips for our daily schedule so the kids could easily change it each day--but these stronger ones would be better. Happy hopping!

  5. I absolutely love these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  6. I didn't even think of painter's tape! I am about to start renovating my classroom (don't have a white board or a useable chalk board), so the tape thing is genius. Haha. Simple ideas to the rescue :)
    G-Iron Tutor