No matter how organized I am, it is difficult to keep track of where everyone is going while trying to teach. A few years ago, I started using a system that gives me a quick visual if someone is out of the room.
On the back of my classroom door I hang this...
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Every student in my classroom has a clothespin with their name written on it with a sharpie marker. When a student leaves the classroom, he has to move his clothespin from the bottom to the correct card. We call this "check out."
Tip: If you have a visually impaired student, use a different colored or textured clothespin for that student. The same goes for a student with severe fine motor delays... use an over-sized clothespin.
Not only is this a great tool for me it also works on...
- Discriminating your name in an array
- Gives extra fine motor practice
- Works on reading
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