It's another "Made it Monday" link up!
Today I wanted to show you how I updated my "Questions, Comments, and Concerns" box that I use in my classroom. This little box has been such a life saver some years--and some years it hardly gets used at al!
In a nutshell, I use this box to provide a way for students to communicate with me without having to do it in person, without having to interrupt me when I am teaching, or for them to share with me information that is personal in nature--but might be hard to share face to face.
What kinds of things do kids write?
They tell me about friend troubles . . . (This is a GREAT tool to have when they come in from recess complaining--tell them to put in in the concerns box and we will address it later . . . 90% of the time their frustrations are long forgotten when you pull the slip out later on!)
They tell me when a topic is confusing for them and they need more help . . . (I love to train kids in this system . . . many shy kids are willing to do this at the beginning of the year--and then we work to move them to talking to me in person)
They tell me when their desk group is having a hard time . . .(This leads us to having a team "talk" to work things out . . .)
They tell me when something is going on at home that they are worried about . . .
They tell me when they have really enjoyed something in class . . .
They tell me when they feel they need more challenges in an area . . .
So--my old box is about 5 years old so I thought I'd dress it up a little! Here's how I did it. First, I badgered my sister and niece into helping me "create"! I found an old candy box with a removable lid so I can open the box up at any time to get the messages! After that, I took off the lid and got started!
|I wrapped the cover of the box in scrapbook paper to match my classroom.|
|I snipped the corners to get a tight fit.|
|Checking out the design--making sure I know where to make the slit for the "mail"!|
|Marking the spot for the slit|
|Cutting out the opening on the box|
|Wrapping the lid.|
|Using a tape runner to make sure everything stays down tight.|
|Folding the "flaps" down.|
|Attaching the laminated "flag" with a brad so students can let me know when I have "mail"!|
|I attached a ribbon and hung it up! This will go on a bulletin board near my calendar area by the door in my classroom. I keep a little stack of paper and a pencil on the desk right below it so students can write a note without digging for paper.|
|I've got mail!|
So--there it is! My "project" for the day. Hope it gives you some ideas as well. Don't forget to go Check out the linky!
Other NEWS! First of all, I want to congratulate Jamee on winning my $15.00 product raffle! I hope she enjoys shopping and picking out some things to help her with the start of the new school year.
Finally--it's JULY and, as promised, my July special starts today! What IS it you ask? This month, buy any BUNDLED project, get any other product $5.00 or less for free. Like last month, simply send me a message here or on TpT giving me your user name, your email, and the bundle you bought with a note about what $5.00 or less product you would like me to email you!