Monday Made It! Problem solving, Positivity, and Planning

It's "Monday Made It" again and this week I had a ton of fun!  Thanks to Fourth Grade Frolics, as always, for the link up! get things started, I tackled a project that I came up with about 3 months ago and simply didn't have time to execute!  I always INTEND to send home positive notes to my students when they accomplish something, if I see someone doing something kind, and so on.  I do it sporadically but then don't ever remember who I have sent notes to and who I have not. So...
First I found this awesome phone message book that is a carbon copy book--solved my problem of keeping track of who got notes.  ALSO--the top copies are post its so they can be stuck right into students' assignment books!  WINNING!
200 notes per that one book could provide me with 8 notes per student!
Typical phone message forms...but I  thought I could spice them up a bit...
I made some mini "badges" of sayings...
Mounted them on colored paper backgrounds...

...stuck them over the boring "message" message!
...and tried it out!  The white copy will get stuck in their assignment notebooks to take home...and I get the yellow copy to remember what I said!
OK...on to the more "crafty"  project--although it was really a simple one.  I have a problem in that I tend to bring beverages into my office while I work and am constantly setting them down on notebooks, scrap paper, etc to keep the condensation off my desk.  Rather than steal a coaster from the living room, I decided to make my own!  I just used Powerpoint to make a collage of some of my favorite baseball pics of my son...

Then I mounted the printout on a few layers of cardstock and laminated it!  So easy!

Finally...I did finish my next set of math games that I can't WAIT to use during math workshop next year.  I want to get enough sets made of some of my games that students can check them out to play at home!  Thanks to a young friend for helping me test them and tweak them!

That's all for this week of Monday Made It...hoping for something more dramatic next week--but we shall see! Make sure to check out all the other great ideas linked up by clicking on the logo at the top of the post--and stop back on Tuesday for "Texts on Tuesdays" where I am posting about a great professional book you might want to check out!


  1. Meg!!!! You are genius!!!!!!!! That message book is brilliant!!!! I am so excited about it! I pinned it! I have to have one! Have to! I always have the same intentions and then never get it done:/ Are the mini badges you added on "sticker" paper? I so love this!!!! Super love your coaster too! So special with pics of your son:) Thanks for linking up girl and the sweet little message to me in your post!! Love it all:)
    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Thanks for all the great ideas!!! I really love the messages - how cute and clever!!
    Mrs. Spriggs’ Kindergarten Pond

  3. Definitely using the phone message book for next year. I am also going to have a second to help document not so positive parent communication. Great way to keep up with this for documentation purposes.

  4. Everyone will be googling that brand of message paper, for sure! I've started a new board on Pinterest to help my old brain remember such an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!! Your partner games look amazing. They look to be low ink, too---always good to have some of those, too!!

    3rd Grade Pad

  5. I found them at wal-mart! This is an awesome idea! Now I just need to find some stickers! Thank you so much for this great idea!

    4th Grade Sprinkles

  6. Great idea! Such a better system for keeping track of positive notes!

    A Rocky Top Teacher

  7. The message book is very creative!!! I also let my students check out math games to take home. The parent s love it!
    Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher

  8. I love the message book idea! I think I will even write each student's name on one ahead of time to be sure to get to everyone.

  9. Genius idea with the message notebook! Love it!

    I {Heart} Recess

  10. Love the message book. It's also available on Amazon:

    Swinging for Success
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  11. I saw your teaser on Instagram and couldn't wait to see what you made. Love all of your ideas this week. The message book is genius!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  12. I love the message book idea and had the same idea as Sunshine. I'm going to write the kids' names on the slips ahead of time to ensure that everyone gets a message!

  13. I love the carbon copy note idea! I have added them to my summer to do list. Did you find them at Staples?
    Grade 4 Buzz

  14. I love the idea for the positive notes home! I am going to have to pick one of those message books up this week (and I never thought I'd have to use one of those again!).

  15. I LOVE the positive notes!!! What a fun way to make those!! And the coaster is genius! Thanks for sharing!!

    The Land of I Can

  16. Simply brilliant idea (my favorite kind! ) on the carbon copy notes. I love your simple solution to also jazz them up a bit :). Your coasters turned out so well also! Success all around! Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas!

    Tales of a Teacher

  17. I read your post and then as I was shopping at Walmart I saw the message book so I HAD to buy it! GREAT idea! Any chance you could give us a link to get the adorable sayings? Thanks SOOOO much!!

  18. Three amazing ideas in one post! You are genius!

  19. I really like the message idea! I can't wait to get one! Very simple idea yet brilliant at the same time. I never remember who I have sent notes home to!

  20. I LOVE the message book idea! I may have to look into doing that this year as well! Thank you for sharing!