10 Ways Numbers Make Life Easier!

It's all about numbers!!


Not data numbers. lol

These numbers are the numbers I give students each year.

They get a number that corresponds to them in order.

This makes my life SOOOOOO much easier in SOOOOOO many ways.

Numbers are great because I can reuse things year to year - and WHEN (not IF, but WHEN because our school has a revolving door!) students leave, and new students come, I can just place those students into empty numbers. (yes, sometimes that means they'll be out of ABC order, but it STILL is so much easier)

Let me show you a few ways.....

Turning in work.
This is the little gem of a system that I have used in grades 2-5 and it works PERFECTLY!!! I'm sure it'll work great with 1st grade too. :)
When students are finished with their work, they "file" it. That means they walk over to this.....

and put their work in their folder. Each folder has a number and then I laminated them and put them in this dish rack! That way, all the papers are already in alphabetical order. So when I take them out, they are in ABC order, backwards (Z on top), so as I grade them, I put them to the side and then they are back in regular ABC order - so it's a cinch when putting them in the grade book!! AND I can quickly flip through the files to see if anyone is missing any work.
(it's not very pretty....I've these this files for like 10 years. They last forever! and all of my extra folders that I don't need are under the dish rack so the kids don't need to fumble through them to get to their folders)

Picking centers
Below is a picture of how my student pick centers. They use their "clip" to pick a center - each clip has a number. 

Displaying Work
I have REALLY small boards....so I divided my two boards up using numbers up 1-9, and 10-18.

Missing Assignments
I write the assignment on the board (Cat, Super Sentence, etc) and underneath, I write the numbers of people who need to turn it in. I also use it to record who borrowed one of my books overnight. 

Their graded work goes in these mailboxes and instead of writing new names every year, I use numbers and I am set year to year.

The tabs aren't pretty anymore, but I've had the same ones on there for about TEN years! haha!

Job Chart
See how much less space it takes up using numbers?? And again, I can use it year to year!

One of my favorite usage of numbers....
Library Sticks.
This is how they borrow my books. They have stick (painter stick) with their number, and whereever they take the book, that is where their stick goes. That way, they know exactly where to put it back. Is it a full-proof system? No, but neither is checking them out through the library! lol

A.R. Points Board
Each Friday, I move their littler person up the A.R. board.

Numbers on pencils.
 I actually started doing this after seeing Kristen's post on it (Ladybug Teacher Files - she's BRILLIANT!). and let me tell you....there is NO MORE "whose pencil is this lying on the floor?", "I lost my pencil!" "she/he had my pencil!"  I give them 2 pencils every interim and report card. And I also have a stash with an "R" on it, so that they know it's my pencil and needs to return to my cup of pencils.

My actual numero uno thing for numbers is my "sticks." This is how I randomly call on people. You can see they aren't the cleanest prettiest, but that's because I've had the SAME sticks for the last TEN years! ha! You'll notice the sticks that are rubberbanded to the outside of the cup...those are numbers that I don't have students for, but I keep them anyway, just in case I get new students.

I hope this post gave you some good ideas on classroom organization!! 


Christina Marie said...

I love the number system! Everything is numbered in my room too! Love that I don't have to remake things from year to year!

Christina :)
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Chriss&Katlyn said...

I am sooo going to try your file system for turning in assignments! Thank you!

Chriss&Katlyn said...

I am sooo going to try your file system for turning in assignments! Thank you!

Jessica said...

Your students only go through two pencils a grading period! Mine seem to go through two pencils a week! I love the idea of numbering them so students are accountable for their pencils, though. I might have to give that one a try. I just don't want one more thing to do!

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Deb said...

I agree 110%! Numbering has made EVERYTHNG easier. My most recent trick is for when students are working in pairs. To make the 'Who gets to...?' decision faster, we spin a 'more/less' spinner. I have their parents number all their supplies (even individual markers) at meet the teacher night. I have to apologize for seeming crazy, but they humor me.

Not very fancy

Literacy Teacher said...

Love these ideas!!! Thanks for sharing.

Sara Frampton said...

I love the numbering, I just started midway through this year. I even have dice I roll instead of the sticks :)

Lauren said...

I also love numbering my students and use their numbers daily in my first grade classroom. I love your folder system for turning in work. That really helps with the no name on work problem. I don't have to record many grades, but it makes filing their work in mailboxes a little faster.
One way I use numbers is after a spelling test. I call the kids in order to turn in their tests to me. Then they're already in abc order for recording and filing.

Elizabeth Opena said...

Great number system....I have been using this for the last 20 years and I love it! Besides, as a math teacher it's easier for me to remember students by their numbers. But this year, I will let my students number all their stuff so that I will no longer have problems with "lost and found" things especially on the floor. Thanks for sharing!

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