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Monday, June 4, 2012

Where Am I? + June Currently


Good Morning Friends!

How do you keep up with your students?
I found a way that works perfectly in my classroom, so I wanted to share it with you. =)

 So, how do I keep up with my students going/coming in my classroom?
.... My picture magnet board.

The students in my class are constantly going and coming. During literacy block they are free to leave to go to the library and to take AR tests (once they finish their centers) without my permission. They must always ask to go to the bathroom and they ask me to go to the library if they are going at any other point during the day besides literacy block. I had so much trouble remembering who was where and how many kids were at the library (horrible, I know!) HAH.

So, after Christmas, I introduced the "Where Am I?" board...
Side note: Please excuse the horrible desk and picture. 
The board is on the right hand side on my cabinet. 
This is the only picture I got before I packed up my room. =(


Before students leave my classroom, they MUST move their picture magnet to the spot they are going. They do this before going to the bathroom and the library. Only four students may be at the library at a time, so everyone can quickly look to see how many are already gone. I also have a section for AR tests on this board. I only have two computers, so there is always a line to take AR tests. Students can put their name on the waiting list to take an AR test if there is a line.  I also have a library waiting list. Both waiting lists do a great job of eliminating arguments about who is next. (Side note: The students loved this board and I never had any trouble with students leaving the room without moving their magnets and they always did a great job remembering to move it back to the "In the Room" section once they returned!)  Next year I am going to start the day with all students' magnets on the side of the cabinet. When they come in each morning, they will move their magnet to the "In the Room" section. This way I will quickly be able to tell who is absent for the day and it will make attendance a breeze! =)


I love this board because it was SUPER easy to put up. (All you need is a magnetic surface, magnets, and pictures!) The students LOVE seeing their pictures. And, I always have peace of mind because I always know where all of my students are! I found this wonderful idea when I was subbing last fall! 

How do you keep up with your students? 
I would love to hear some new ideas! 

& Finally... June Currently...
Head on over to Oh Boy Fourth Grade to link up! 


13 comments:

  1. I LOVE this idea! Such an easy way to keep track of students who are coming and going (I have a lot of those!).

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  2. Great idea. I LOVE this. It would be an awesome thing to have in every classroom and would so useful when you have a sub in who doesn't know the kids and where they need to go. Thanks for sharing.

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

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  3. love your idea... I basically forget where they all went and then freak out and ask WHERE IS SO AND SO and then one of my responsible kiddos tells me remember they went....fill in the blank... think I will use this next year!!!

    thanks so much for linking up!!!

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  4. Love me some Kenny Chesney too!
    So, wanting tickets to the concert, but can't spend $300 on them when I have 3 kids - 2 driving & 1 of them in college!
    :)
    Tamera
    http://myheartbelongsinfirst.blogspot.com

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  5. I love your Where Am I? board!! I have a lot of movement in & out of my classroom & this would be perfect!! :) I would love to see Kenny Chesney in concert. He was not too far from me last weekend, but I had so much going on that I couldn't go :(. Hopefully sometime in the near future...
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  6. Love this idea! I hate when a kiddo leaves and I can't remember where they went!
    Lisa
    Stories From Second

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  7. I also love that idea! I always let kids go to the bathroom and then freak out 2 minutes later when I don't know where they went, haha!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  8. I'm your newest follower-I found you through Farley's linky party! :) Love your blog and your ideas!

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  9. I love your magnet board, and the waiting list for AR is a great idea! I could definitely use that! By the way...I have GREAT news! You won my giveaway!!

    Jackie

    Third Grade's A Charm

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  10. I just found your blog and I'm your newest follower. I love the Where Am I board! Thanks for sharing.
    Petersons-Pad

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  11. Congratulations again on winning my giveaway! Your TPT gift certificate is on its way! I hope you have some stuff on your wish list!! Enjoy!

    Jackie

    Third Grade's A Charm

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  12. Love the where am I board! It's hard to keep track of who's coming and going.

    Megan
    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

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