Some of these pictures you might remember from the beginning of the year… or even last year - that's because they work and I want to shout it from the rooftops!
#1 Bulletin Boards
It's easy to keep track of who turned in what when you have a backing for each child on a student work bulletin board. I have my class in alpha order (which happens to be the same as number order). This bulletin board changes on a weekly basis, and usually the kids put up their own work (if they can reach). By having it as numbers I can instantly tell who still is working on it.
#2 Team Points
Kids love competition. This year I'm inviting the monthly winning team into the classroom for a special lunch. Motivation is high. Why did I switch from tally marks on the board to a plastic cup using glass gems? The sound it makes on the metal whiteboard tray, plus there isn't a team that gives up since they can't see the exact score until we do the official count up.
#3 Class Magnets
Those little apples on my board are magnets with student numbers written on them. It makes it so easy for students to move their number over when they are finished with the activity.
#4 Taking the time to organize - Supply Organization
Remember this picture? Years and years of not being a neat freak made me go nuts - I'd always dreamed of this type of classroom - with everything in its place and labeled, and now I get to go there every day (and I don't have to be embarrassed if a sub opens up the doors).
#5 Center Organization
These are mainly all math (above) and below are task cards/activities broken up by standards (tall drawers), and ELA centers (small)
Yes, it means that my back wall is filled with drawer after drawer of storage - but I don't care! I love the extra "counter" it provides too.
I hope something helped you! Have a great day. :)