Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Right in Front of Your Nose

Links are powerful but more so when they're right in front of your nose, especially if you're a six-year old.  Below is a picture looking down at one of my two tables that kids can write at during Write to Self.  For years I've covered the tables in butcher paper to protect them from wayward pens, markers, or even graffiti.  (Yes, even in 1st grade.)  Then one year it finally dawned on me that kids would be more likely to use the helpers I recently posted about (click here to see that post) if they were practically part of the table itself, right in front of their noses.  Some of the helpers seem upside down from this view.  Kids sit on both sides of the table, so they aren't upside down to them.


I've included all my table versions of the helpers below.  (These are smaller than the ones I use on my wall.)  If I did this right and if there's anything here that looks useful, you should be able to click on the pictures for your own personal copies.  












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18 comments:

  1. Cute! I know a teacher that tapes stuff to the table, like 100's charts and other stuff.

    And another class I sub for has important stuff double sided on a poster that sits on a book shelf end on the table.
    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

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    1. Miss T, I'm sure you see a lot of creative ways to use space in all of the various classrooms you see. Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. That is a good idea of getting the info physically onto their level and in their space so they will apply it! Thank you for sharing the freebies. Will be printing those out!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Lori, let me know if the freebies actually even print. Who knows if I even did it right. I always love that you visit my posts!

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  3. Love this..you're so smart!
    Jennifer
    Firstgradeblueskies

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    1. Jennifer, well I'm not sure about "so smart" but that's awfully nice of you to say! As always, thanks for leaving me a note.

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  4. Precious! Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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    1. Thank you Laura. I love the feedback!

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  5. These are great! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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    1. Julie, thank you for coming by. I always love seeing familiar faces around here.

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  6. Love the table. And the green paper too. :)

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    1. Thanks dear friend and thanks for always helping me get the tables ready each August.

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    1. Thanks Amy for coming by and leaving me with a sweet comment.

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    1. Thanks Sandra. I love that you dropped by.

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  9. This is such a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing! We are you newest followers! We are so happy we found your blog!

    ~ Katie and Rebecca

    First Grade ABCs

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  10. Katie and Rebecca, I'm happy you found my blog too. Thank you so much for coming by.

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