Today’s theme is advice for new teachers, but I think this tip might help others too!
We have a lot of turnover at my school – the military base sees children come and go throughout the year. Last spring, we gained 12 kindergarteners from January to May! CRAZY!
As I label things I made 5 additional piles. I continually add to the pile as I work: lucky duck sticks, birthday flower, apple for lunch choice, helper stick, clothespin – anything that I would need to label. I did the same when I was putting together my open house folder.
I put all the papers inside a file folder (with a checklist for parents!) and all of the little pieces in a baggie. I tried to color code all of the papers to make it easier on parents.
I tucked everything inside of a poly folder.
When a new student walks through the door, I can grab a file and a baggie, and I’m good to go!
*I also type up a WHOLE page of labels for each child – first name, first and last name, (small font and large font), name and lunch number, address, etc. – anything that I could possibly need!)
I hope this tip helps all of the newbies out there! Doing a little extra work now will definitely save you time when that new student walks in your room!