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Science Education Program Developer, Sci-Q Systems

I've seen small sticky notes

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I've seen small sticky notes used to create seating charts. This makes the charts easy to change when you change students' seating. If you photocopy the seating charts weekly, you can make notes about students on their squares, date the chart, and save it for future reference.

I've also tended to have long rows of sticky notes on my desk. On each was a something that needed to be retaught and a list of students that needed reteaching. That way, whenever there was a spare moment, I could meet with that group for a mini-lesson while others were doing seatwork or a project.

Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com

Virtual Sticky Notes

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Have you tried the Sticky Notes app for iPad? I've used it with my fifth graders during Reader's Workshop and it's great for independent reading, book clubs and literature circles. Check out some examples of how I've used this app in my classroom: http://wp.me/p2qsME-3p

5th Grade Teacher from NYC

I agree that sticky notes can

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I agree that sticky notes can be used in a variety of ways across all content areas. I use them in writing workshop to genereate seed ideas and for sequencing. In reading workshop my students use them in their independent reading books for stop and jot. I've also used them in math and science for graphing data. They are a wonderful way to assess studnt learning. I can have the students leave tem on the door or desk and then sort them into groups. I can quickly assemble small reading groups or identify children I need to confer with or maybe choose a topic for a minilesson. However, I also agree that they can be wasteful and expensixe. Luckily my school provides some but I have also requested them on my supply sheet. In regard to them being wasteful I encourage my students to use both sides and to always use the smallest one possible. In addition we have done math problems to get an idea of how many we were using as a class. We agreed that it was too much so we have cut back considerably.

Graduate student working on my Masters in Reading and Math

WOW! I really liked the ideas

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WOW! I really liked the ideas you presented in this posting. I personally LOVE sticky notes and now I have a new use for them while subbing in different classrooms! I have experience in using them in small group settings. The group leaders will give points, starts or smileys if the kids are being good and on task. I can now evolve them into more of a functional use! Thanks for sharing your ideas and observations!

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This is a wonderful way to

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This is a wonderful way to see how much a student has learned throughout the lesson. I find it best to write two math problems on the board and have the students write their answers on the sticky note and hang it on the door as they walk out. It is an easy way for me to check for correctness. Many times, the students are more willing to try becuase they know others will be looking at their work. I have also found that writing little "Fabulous Work" notes on the sticky note and handed them to the students really encourages them!

Another option is to laminate

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Another option is to laminate strips and Velcro them to a surface poster hanging on the wall. Students could use dry erase markers to write their answers and no wasted paper!

I only buy them on sale or

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I only buy them on sale or the office supply store brand...cuts cost of them by half at least

Primary teacher from Australia, author of "Talking to the Whole Wide World"

Remember the Environment!

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Some of these ideas are great, and some actually need the colour and/or stickiness, but a lot of these don't.
"Stickies" are a problem for paper recycling, and encouraging kids to waste new paper unnecessarily is good for 3M, but not for the parents who buy them or the planet that sucks up the dyes and the glues and transport fumes.

Word Wall Mural

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I created a rainbow like mural with blank sticky notes of different colors on a bulletin board for vocabulary and hung a marker with string to the bulletin board. When a student used a vocabulary word that we had learned in Language Arts in conversation, they got to go over to the mural and choose a sticky note to write their name and the word on. The mural got populated with names and words and was beautiful and once all the sticky notes where full, we took them down and let students put up a new colorful pattern of blank ones.

Instructional Coach at Holmes High School, Covington, KY

Don't forget that students

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Don't forget that students can write on the sticky side, too. When you do a gallery walk but want students to have original ideas, have them write on the sticky side. You can then have a revealing of all comments at the end.

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