New Center Signs (Freebie) and Center Organization!

Have you ever decided that things just weren’t looking right and you needed a face lift?!  Not for you, silly!  Your centers!!!  That was me last week with my Reading and Math centers.
I didn’t like the way they were written on the board.  It looked sloppy and the kids had difficult keeping track of it at times.  So I created some new labels and bought some baskets.
The red stars next to the centers mean that center has a paper to be turned in.  We’ve been using this system and the kids are doing SO much better at keeping track of where they should be.  Not to mention this way looks a gazillion times cleaner and classier than my previous method.  But hey, you live and you learn.  🙂

Here’s the how-to:
1.  Print and cut out the labels.
(You can laminate them if you want.)
2.  Write the name or category of centers you’ll be placing in the drawer or basket.
(Ex. “Multiplication/Division” or “Synonyms/Antonyms”)
3.  Use packing tape (on drawer) or a shower ring (if using baskets) to label your centers.
4.  Enjoy being organized!

Click the picture below to snag your own copy of the center signs.
Thanks to Fancy Dog and KPM Doodles for the frames and chevron!
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    Collaboration Cuties
    January 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Very cute and thank you for the free labels! I have GOT to get a system going for them to keep track of what they need to turn in!!! Some of my kiddos would be fine just never turning a paper in so that's my next step- a chart or table so they can check themselves off and I have a quicker way of knowing who owes me work!! :O)

    Collaboration Cuties

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    D. Frideley
    January 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I just re-did my stations too! In fact, I re-did my library and re-did my listening center…yup I just couldn't stand it anymore. Next up, my focus wall.

    Do you grade everything that students turn in? I HATE Grading papers and I HATE grading Station work even more!!!

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    January 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you for the labels!! I need s better way to display my math workshop "stuff!!"
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    Tamara L. Chilver
    January 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I heard about your future plans. So very happy for you!

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    Twyla Yeates
    January 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I was just wondering how many centers a day your kids work through? Do they only do the one that has their name under it, or do they just start there and move to the right?

    Thanks for sharing your file!

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    January 31, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Great question, Twyla! Depending on the day, the kids do 1-2 centers. We have comp lab during Math on Tues. and during Reading time on Thurs. So we don't always have the full block of time to do two. Also, I set a timer and don't allow my kids to move on to the next center until the timer beeps (this is a MUST for some of mine that get off task). And after the timer beeps, the cards move to the left.

    Hope this helps! 🙂

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    January 31, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Thanks, Tamara! 🙂 I'm excited and nervous…all at the same time! And your money saving tips piece was AWESOME!!! You rock, my friend!!!

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    January 31, 2013 at 6:18 am

    You're welcome, Jessica!

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    January 31, 2013 at 6:19 am

    No way about grading everything. 🙂 I grade some things, but glance at others. There isn't enough time in the day to grade everything. 🙂

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    January 31, 2013 at 6:20 am

    You're welcome, Amanda!

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