Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Love Sticky Notes

       One item I could not live without in my classroom are sticky notes. Below are some great ways to use sticky notes in your classroom.

  1. When students are working independently and I am with a small group; if students have a need they will write what they need on a sticky note and leave it in my sticky note bucket. This has helped in various ways: students do not interrupt the small groups, students have the connection they need with me when I am not available, and some students that would not verbally tell you they need something will write it on a sticky note. 
  2. It is a great exit ticket for feedback. No need to make copies of exit tickets. Post the question on the board and students can leave the answer stuck to the door as they leave. 
  3. It is a great use for a parking lot. Students often have questions that do not have anything to do with what we are doing. Students know if they have a question, comment, or story they can write a short note on a sticky note and put it in the parking lot (a bucket). At the end of the class we check the parking lot. Students also know if its a private matter or note to include that and it will stay between us.

          Of course the ideas above require discussion and practice. As a class, we  discuss questions/comments that should be written down and questions they already know the answer to. For example, my pencil is broken. We also discuss when they can write their notes and when they can turn them in. The students catch on quickly. A great site with lesson plans and tips on using sticky notes in your classroom is Post-it for teachers.  Please share any sticky note ideas that you may have.