A tip on Tuesday!

Hey all! Are you having a good week? I know most of us are back to work now with just the small few that go back after Labor Day! I WISH! 

Things have been super busy over here! I wanted to share a few things with you that I have been finding useful these past 4 weeks of school! 

1. Table Numbers
Yes, it seems silly and many of you use table numbers, table names, or colors, or something! I have always assigned groups to a number but never really did anything with it. This year I do quite a few things with my table numbers! I only have 4 groups of desks so tables 1-4. Each table has a job for the week. It keeps the 6, 5 or 4 kids sitting at that table working together to complete their daily job!

But I feature one table each day on the board. This featured table gets to do a few things:
1.first to pack up at the end of the day
 2. be the first to leave at the end of the day
3. it is their day to book shop
4.They have the recess tags to play on the playground for the day. 
5. They get to help with the class rules each morning

I think I am leaving something out...But anyways, I think having a featured table of the day has been so helpful.

Homework Club
Thanks to Christina from Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge and her FANTASTIC Homework Club unit, my kids are really turning in their homework...or so it seems
Some kids are out:( They used their oops pass, which I created and you can get HERE for free at my TpT shop
Students place their homework in their pocket. It has been SO EASY to just see who has their homework and who doesn't!

If they don't have their homework, I collect their oops pass and write the date, their name, and what assignment they forgot in a small binder! 
Of course I had to make a cute cover:)

 This way, I have a record of who didn't turn in their homework! Today, I had a kid make up such a lie! She said she couldn't do her homework because her brother had a big accident. He fell off his bike, hit is head, and had to go to the emergency room! 

I said, "Oh my gosh, is he ok? I better call mom and make sure that he is ok!" She got such a "oh no, I lied" look on her face. I asked her what mom would say, and then she told me she lied! Needless to say, I already had her oops pass and she was spending recess doing her homework! HAHA!

I hope these two tips have helped you out in some way! Have a great week!!!


  1. I love the pocket chart to see who turned in homework! Ughh I need more wall space! Sounds like a great way to get those kiddos to keep up with their homework :) I'm sure your little friend will think twice about telling tall tales again!
    Corinna (✿◠‿◠)
    Surfin' Through Second

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  3. I like the idea of using pocket charts to turn in homework. I just need to figure out where to hang it up. I have a basket for them to turn in their hw folders on Fridays, but like this better!

  4. Love the idea of pocket charts! I do homework folders, but kiddos could just stick their folder in their pocket chart! Now to figure out where to hang those up.. haha!

    What a story.. isn't it amazing what they come up with?!
    Thanks for sharing!


  5. I love how you feature a table each day. I bet the kids LOVE coming in to see if their table is written on the board. Thanks for sharing :)
    The Techie Teacher

  6. Love it! I'm very interested... what are recess tags?????
    ps... I'm not sure how many first grade teachers you have, but our school departmentalized last year. Yes, even in first. So our little guys switch classes four times a day. I only teach writing and while there is stress, it's NOTHING compared to when I was a self-contained teacher. :) I still do a lot of work, but it's different and I will say, I went from going to work every weekend to only about twice last year. Something to think about... If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer. :)

    1. our school has a small playground. And with 7 2nd grade classes out at once, it would be a mess if everyone was aloud to play on the fixture. So we only allow 5 kids per class each recess to play on the fixture. We have a ton of other things for them to play with too if they are not wearing a recess tag.