classroom strategies for new teachers

Donna - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi Teachers,



I am a student teacher who is learning researching new strategies for classroom management. My current topic is "checking classroom materials out". Who is willing to volunteer good information on how you manage classroom materials being checked out of your classroom?



-Donna

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Natalie - posted on 02/22/2010

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I use a library card with the child's name in place of the book title. Every time they check something out from me, they write down the date and the item on their card. I initial the card when they check the item out and again when they check it back in! I keep the cards on the bulletin board at the front of the classroom in card pockets.

Donna - posted on 02/22/2010

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I use the old fashioned library "pocket" card system. Everything that they can check out has an index card in a library pocket attached to it. Then, I have a pocket chart with each of the kids' names where they can put the index card when they take something home. I only allow them to take two things home at a time. It takes a lot of work initially to create all of the little index cards, but it was worth it for me afterwards.

:) Another Donna

Maureen - posted on 02/15/2010

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This is an important area of classroom management for you as a student teacher. I am a Supervisor of student teachers at kmy school and this was a critical issue in the classrooms for these teachers. i have read the responses you have already received and they work for me too.
I have corners all over my classroom with materials for students to use. These are for projects and individual assignments classwork and homework. Keeping track of materials is important to avoid waste. At the same time students need to be aware of their responsibilty to use things wisely. Ruled papers are provided more like a checklist and whatever they have taken must be checked off and initialed and dated beside their names.( They will have to be shown how to use them beforehand.) Teacher will initial also.
When the materials are returned they should initialed and dated on the same sheet..
After a while this wil become the norm for them and less work for you.
I also use "materials monitors" for when I am not available, builds leadership skills for students too.

Jeannine - posted on 02/14/2010

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A simple way would be to have a pocket chart with an index card for everyone. Each one has a name and a sticker. If they borrow something, they turn it around, when it is returned they flip it back indicating they are allowed to borrow again. However if you want to keep track of what is borrowed, depending on the grade, you could keep a notebook either next to the pocket chart, or by itself where the kids write name, what is borrowed and date returned. Maybe you can add a place for your initials to say you actually saw it come in- I'd do this only if getting your materials back is a big issue, otherwise it's just another to do on your list.

Elaine - posted on 02/14/2010

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I have a sign out sheet on a clipboard. Velcro tape the back of the clipbaord to a wall where your materials are located. Students date & sign out on the sheet, you initial the loan and when the child returns the material you initial return.

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