Monday, July 1, 2013

Made It Monday!

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!  



23 comments:

  1. I love the box idea. I have my kiddos write me notes, but they just put it on my desk. I like the idea of having a set place to put it.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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    1. It helps me--I have SO many other papers floating around!

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  2. LOVE the Comments/Questions/Concerns box, and I especially like how you hung it up! In the past I've had kids write me notes in their journals, but I think this might get used more. I'll be making one today :)

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    1. This is the first time I've ever hung it up...usually it sets on a desk top. I thought this was kind of cute and I had the perfect spot for it!

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    2. I finally got mine done for this Monday's MMI...almost ;) Check it out here:
      http://thepoolepages.blogspot.com/2013/07/monday-made-it.html

      And thank you for the inspiration!!!

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  3. What a great idea! I could certainly use a little helper like this. :)
    ~Brandee
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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    1. Now I just need a "helper" to answer the mail!

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  4. So cute Meg! This can be used in so many ways! :)

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane
    4mulaFun

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    1. It would be kind of nice to have a staff one, eh?

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    1. Let us know if you try it--and how it goes!

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  6. I love this box! What a great idea!

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    1. Thank you! We had fun putting it together today.

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  7. This is a great idea and it is super cute. Thanks for the detailed instructions!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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  8. What a fantastic way to collect notes from your students! This is a great way from keeping them from being misplaced. Thank you for sharing.

    Foreman Teaches

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    1. Thank you! I am NOT the most organized person . . . plus I think the students like it as well.

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    1. Thanks! I hopped over to check out your blog today too!

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    1. Thanks, Joanne! We'll see what kind of messages I get THIS year! Each group is its own "animal", isn't it?!

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  11. That's a really great idea. I think I may have to try something like it this year! Your July bundled deal is great as well. I am pretty sure I have a few of your bundles sitting on my wishlist right now!

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    1. AWWWW...thanks! Make sure you check my blog tomorrow for some other information that might help you!

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