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    Instead of having students stand around you with questions and such, they bring their clothespin up to you and you clip it to your clipboard, then they sit back down and you call them up when you're ready. HOW FABULOUS FOR Writer's Workshop!

    Such a simple way to ALWAYS get student names on their papers!

    Homework checking made easy. I keep mine on a clipboard. This is great. I'm going to set this up for next years' class.

    A Peach for the Teach: How to Help Calling Out and "Class Clown" Behavior

    GREAT idea for homework organization---or any work that needs to be turned in! You can quickly see who is missing their work!

    [Video] Watch how this teacher uses responsive classroom techniques to get students focused and ready for learning.

    I just started to use this in my classroom. Students move their clothespin to the stage of writing they're currently working on. Allows students to track their progress and lets me see where everyone is!

    Managing Students Who Need Attention

    Quiet Critters They live in a soundproof jar & only come out when it's quiet. Loud noises hurt their ears, but whispering is ok They love to sit on students' desks & watch & learn from the students. If the student is too loud, they get moved to the other side of their desk. If they continue to be loud they go back into their jar. At the end of the quiet lesson whoever still has a Quiet Critter on their desk can have points, a sticker or whatever incentives you have in the room.

    markers inside "eraser" - when passing out, the students don't know what color they'll get = no arguing

    Fabulous Idea!! :) Take A Number: Busy working with students individually and don't want kids interrupting you for non-urgent things? Have them take a numbered clothespin and respond to their concerns/questions/etc. in order. {via a 5th grade SPED teacher's blog}

    Instead of a "treasure box", these are coupons that students earn, like switch seats for a day, sit at the teacher's desk, job swap, bring a teddy bear to school, etc. So sweet!

    This clothespin system will help you keep track of who has turned in their homework. | 29 Clever Organization Hacks For Elementary School Teachers

    No More Name Plates... I have done this since my first year teaching! I had a very smart mentor!


    daily five check in.... maybe give each student a clothespin for each section to take off once they have done that activity, put clothespins in jars of corresponding colors...? still thinking about this.

    I love this... it can stop all of the "is it time for lunch yet?" questions. =)

    Spelling homework for the year- AWESOME

    When someone is doing something they shouldn't be, instead of calling them out, ring the bell and draw attention to someone who WAS on task.Makes everyone aware they are being watched without hurting feelings.

    "Can I Chew Gum in Class?" and other annoying questions kids ask...Instead of simply reading your rules to the students on the first day, let them find the answers to their most common questions in this back-to-school activity.

    laminated posters for math group work! Oh my! Why didn't I think of that? For accountability, students must write 2 mathematical questions and respond to 2 (either from teacher or peer)