As you may know if you've followed me recently, I am moving to a flexible seating approach next year. I still wanted to have name plates for students to mark their work place and for when we have guest teachers, so I had to find a solution. Introducing...
A binder clip. But wait!
It also can hold a pencil.
And if you place the name plate in the top and remove the little metal wings, you have
A name plate holder! I made up these little name plates (and put my new puppy's name on it for a demo) and printed them 3 on a page.
My students will place these at their spot for work time. When not in use, their pencil can be slid into the binder clip for safe keeping. To jazz up the clip, I added just 2 little strips of fabric washi tape. Guys. I am LOVING the fabric washi tape! I decorated a whole journal using it. It's addicting I'm telling you. But it was the perfect width for these clips.
But, I didn't just stop there. I started to think: How else can I use these name plates and holders to support my students in their learning spaces?
Mini charts of course!
To test out my idea, I made up a few mini charts and put them back to back with the name plate. I can change out the chart to suit my students' individual needs. Slight draw back however is that you need to put the little metal wings back on in order to open and close the clip to change out the charts. It's not hard at all; you just need to make sure you have some of the wings on hand.
You could leave them on... they would cover up part of the name and charts but if you are looking for a bit more convenience this would definitely work.
I'm so excited at how easy this solution worked out for my need. But it got me thinking. What if you had desks, could this still work as a way to replace taping name tags down on the desks? Or how else could you use these clips in this way?
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Add a little velcro to the desk and to the bottom on the binder clip. That way, when the top of the desk is opened, the clip will not fall over. You could also attach some ticky-tac (my favorite) to the clip for extra security. You could also make direction signs for centers, turn in signs for paper collection... you name it! Cheap, yet effective.
I can't wait to grab a glass of wine after my training and enjoy reading the other ideas! Make sure you go check out the awesome creations.