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If you’re tired of papers getting handed in with missing names, this episode is for you! This hack is so simple but so effective.
Place some highlighters in a cup by your “completed work” basket. Students get to highlight their name before turning in their work. Then you won’t have any more nameless papers to try and grade!
Kids LOVE to use highlighters, especially when they get to choose their favorite color to highlight their name. This hack is a quick and easy way to ensure that your papers always get turned in with a name on them.
However, just a word of warning: If you decide to implement this hack, ensure that you label your highlighters with your name using a sharpie first. That way, your highlighters won’t walk off with students or they will be easy to identify as yours in case they do!
Also, I know teachers and I know how much we love our dollar stores. So, I’ve started something super fun inside my Beginning Teacher Talk TPT store that I think you’re going to love called Dr Lori’s Dollar Store.
I've realized, as I've started recording these hacks for you each week, that I can make it even easier for you to implement many of these ideas if you have access to simple, downloadable templates for many of the hacks. So when you check out my Dr. Lori's Dollar Store, you're going to see that I'm creating very simple templates for you to grab and go with for only a dollar each. Then you can implement these hacks quickly and easily inside your classroom (as soon as tomorrow!).
I would love to know what you think about these classroom management hack mini episodes. It would mean so much to me if you would take a screenshot of this episode and tag me on Instagram @beginningteachertalk because I’d love to know – have you tried this hack in your classroom? How did it work for you?
Finally, if you need help with streamlining your classroom management right away, you also might want to check out my Chaos to Confidence Classroom Management System because classroom management isn’t just about tips and tricks or the latest trend. Instead, it’s about learning from someone who’s been where you are and figured it out.
I tested all my methods on MYSELF in my own classroom first over 10 years – because I’m not about to recommend ANYTHING that I haven’t personally seen work with kids firsthand. It's never too late to make the changes you need to in order to get your classroom running the way that you want it to, and I'll show you how inside Chaos to Confidence and give you the resources you’ll need to make it happen.
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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