Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Name Tags for Older Students

Are your students too old for the traditional desk plate name tags? 

I want my students to have name tags but they feel that the ones with the number lines and other reference items are too young for them. Because of this I have my students design their own name tag.
Desk name tags for older students Terri's Teaching Treasures

By having them design their own, they take ownership of it and take pride in displaying it all year long. 

There is very little prep involved to have them ready for your students to design. All you have to do is cut a 8.5 x 11 inch piece of card stock in half and write your students' names on them.
example of how to cut paper for name tags Terri's Teaching Treasures
I usually draw a bubble around the name but you can be creative in your design. Do you want a straight lined box? Go for it. Do you want pointed star bursts? Go for it. 
Name tag template Terri's Teaching Treasures


I only have 4 criteria for the students to follow. 

  1. Only use light or bright colors around their name.
  2. Fill the entire paper.
  3. Use only markers or pencil crayons. Regular crayons will make a mess when you laminate the name tags.
  4. And lastly, color and draw neatly. Who wants a messy name tag.
criteria for name tags Terri's Teaching Treasures
I put this criteria on the Smartboard to reference as I go over the criteria and so that as students are working they can have a reminder. If you would like a FREE copy of my criteria page you can get it here

I always emphasize that they should take their time and do a neat job because they will be on their desk for the ENTIRE year. It is always great if I have students in my class who where there last year (this usually happens because I always teach split grades) who can confirm that the name tags will indeed be used ALL year. 
student examples of name tags Terri's Teaching Treasures
I love seeing how each student works on their name tag. It tells me a lot about them at the beginning of the year.
  • Do they rush through their work?
  • Do they plan things out or jump right in?
  • Do they like to draw or do they prefer color designs?
  • How thoughtful are they when they are choosing their color combinations?
  • Do they copy someone else's design? I don't care if they do. I just take note of this. 
  • If they make a mistake, do they ask to start over or try and make it work first?
  • Do they like to work with others or by themselves? I let them choose when we do art projects. 
It is amazing how much information about your students you can get from just simply having them make name tags. 

Once the name tags are complete and I have laminated them they go on the front of the desks. 
name tag desk placement Terri's Teaching Treasures

If students are in groups where the front of the desks are not showing, then the name tags go on the side or the top.

The name tags come in handy when students are handing out work, when hot lunch is being delivered and the students aren't in the class yet, or when we have a guest teacher. 

Just because your students are not in primary grades, it doesn't mean they can't have a name tag on their desk. It is all in how you frame the activity in their minds. 

Talk to them about showing their creativity and they will be happy to display their name proudly.

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Cheers,



Monday, 1 July 2019

Free School Year Calendar 2019-2020

How do I start getting ready for Back to School?

The summer is the time that I start getting organized for the upcoming school year. The very first thing I do is print off a school year calendar and start planning when I will teach what, based on the school year events/holidays.

There are definitely some concepts I don't want to cover (like division or anything with regrouping) when it is a busy time in the school and my students are not completely focused. 
Free School Year Calendar 2019-2020 Terri's Teaching Treasures

Where do I find my calendar templates?

I've got you covered! Every year I update my calendar to print off and I am giving it to you all for FREE! Yup, FREE! Check it out now. 
Free School Year Calendar 2019-2020 Terri's Teaching Treasures

Each page has a full month and the spaces are large enough to add lots of text! The calendars go from August 2019 to July 2020.

Each page also has a clip art image that is small enough not to use all your computer ink, but big enough to add some jazz to your month.

Other ways to use the calendar:

  • Use it for yourself to take to staff  or team meetings and schedule all your events and meetings.
  • Attach it to your classroom newsletter with important events filled in.
  • Fill it out with daily homework tasks for students.
  • Students can use it to record their daily home reading.
  • Display it in the hallway as a place for parents to sign up to volunteer in the classroom.
  • Use as a student behavior chart.
Free School Year Calendar 2019-2020 Terri's Teaching Treasures

There are many ways to use a calendar in a classroom. Let me know in the comments if you use them in any other way.

How do I get a copy?

Click on any picture or here to get your FREE copy. Just print them out and you are ready to go. 
Free School Year Calendar 2019-2020 Terri's Teaching Treasures

Happy planning! 
Cheers,
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