And the "counting tape" to show the multiples for each day of school had to go. I needed a system that would result in the graphics not being damaged (so tape is out) and not falling off (like paper clipping them together in a chain, which didn't work so great last year). So I used my old standby: cutting slits for paper clips. It never fails! Here's the result:
Yeah...that was a lot of slits to cut. Still, easy enough task to spread out over a week in the summer. And now it's done, sturdy and clean looking thanks to the powers of lamination, and hopefully those multiples icons won't fall off.
***Update as of February***
Here is how the new Every Day Counts displays are progressing:
Not bad! The fraction circles look a lot better now, and so do the labels. I quickly realized the depositor money didn't work on binder clips, and the paper cups work better than the short lived plastic disposable ones that cracked. They're not as pretty, so I might need to work some Duck Tape magic on them. I think a few changes are needed for next year, though:
- I did realize I need to work from right to left in order to end with the shorter columns above the doorknob.
- Also, I don't think I will keep the blank measurement pages posted; it looks too cluttered. I'll relegate them to my worksheets filing tub.
- I think I might just need a third panel devoted to math next year. The vocabulary terms alone need at least half a panel as the year goes on, and I'd like to do a better job of organizing them.
- My Depositor Record sheet just didn't work for this group! They are having such a hard time with the concept of keeping a running tally, adding a new total to the old total. Yikes. For now I'm going to keep modeling, but I know I need to come up with an easier way to help them learn it faster.
- The management system needs an overhaul if next year's class is anything like this one. This group is just not at all independent, and although the goal is to have students run the calendar, it's still very teacher directed at this point in the year. I think I'll need a "math job chart" instead of leaving it to early finishers to select a task and do the updating. I might do "at a glance" tips that change specific to the month in order to help kids remember what to do, as well.