Saturday, September 1, 2012

Park Your Sticky & A Winner!


Remember me?

I hope so!  I'm still here, but I've been hiding under the Back-to-School-Get -My-Classroom-Ready Rock.  We went back about 3 weeks ago.

I'm sure many of you were there with me!

Hopefully, I'm back out into the living world again now.

I wanted to share an idea that my students are loving so far.

I'm sure you've seen these posters from Really Good Stuff, or something similar to it.

In the past, I've just had a certain area on my wall where students would place sticky notes as their Ticket-Out-the-Door on their way out of my classroom.  I seriously considered making something similar myself, but I absolutely had no time left in my schedule!  So it was a $5.50 well-spent.

I do sticky notes for my Ticket-Out-the-Door fairly often.  Now when I give the instruction and then say, "Park your sticky," you would think I'm offering ice cream with chocolate sauce on top.  There's just something about a little twist in a normal activity that gets 7th graders more motivated to complete the task at hand.

I have 24 - 28 students in each of my classes, so a few students sometimes have to be cruisin' around instead of being parked in a space, but they enjoy that, too.  I even have one student who likes to 'park' right beside the Exit Pass sign and calls it his VIP parking spot!

The other great thing about this is that this poster hangs on a board right smack-dab beside my door.  So as I'm dismissing one class period and the next class period is entering, I can quickly separate student answers into right and wrong stacks.  This allows me to adjust instruction the next day as needed or zone in on who I need to pull for small group the next day.

It's caused me to be more mindful in actually using TODs and isn't that really the whole point of doing them in the first place?  AND...since students are more excited about the process, I have to stay more on my toes because they like to know how they did!

Here's an example from one day last week.

Create an integer problem with the answer -3.

Some students got this correct with a huge variety of problems covering several difficulty levels.

Some students didn't create an accurate problem.  Although this student used a model, he made errors and I could see exactly where to start with this student the next day.

What do you do for TODs or exit passes?  What works well for you?

On another note, I posted about a giveaway at the beginning of August for a $31 Thirty-One Gift Certificate from my Consultant page as part of the Back-to-School Blog Hop!

I so appreciate each and every one of you who placed an order and took the time to enter the Rafflecopter form!

I placed an order around the middle of the month and just placed another at the end of the month so you wouldn't have to wait until the contest was over.  Some of you early birds should have received your orders already!  I hope you are completely satisfied with your products.

I'm excited to announce the winner of the $31 Gift Certificate!

Shayna, be sure to check your e-mail about what to do next.

I have missed you all tremendously that last couple of weeks and I'm hoping to be back in full force again.

Keep in touch for lots of great posts ahead as I have lots and lots to share with you!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},


  1. I've used that same poster the past two years! :)

  2. So cute! What a fun way to quickly assess understanding.

  3. What a great idea to quickly assess, plus everything is more fun w/ post-its!!

  4. This is such a great tool! Why haven't I seen this before! I love that it isn't discipline specific. I teach religion at a private school and sometimes it is hard to adapt ideas for my own curriculum, but not with this!

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