I don't know about you but I LOVE post its - all the different colours, shapes and sizes are intrinsically appealing to me. Many of the delegates on my training sessions love them too and I wondered how much use is made of them in the classroom, and in the home, as a way to organise and structure learning: If adults find them appealing then many children surely will too. Certainly the ones I've ever met like them.
Aside from the bright colours, they are very useful in a range of learning situations: the very fact they are not a permanent fixture and can be moved, edited, discussed and memorised etc. makes them a really flexible resource.
So - here's my 5 starter ideas for using Post its.
If you have more suggestions for using them in the classroom or at home - I'd love to hear from you - I'll compile them and share in a future blog.
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Plan a Post it Story – plan each bit of a story on a post it note. Re-tell the story – changing the post it notes around until you’re happy with it. You can set a limit on the number of post its for some children.
Make a class birthday chart. You can also follow up with maths/graphs and ‘wish lists’ of what class mates would like to have as a present. Use a catalogue e.g. (Argos) so children can choose an imaginary present and then work oiut a total cost for the class.
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A weekly Homework grid. Send this as an idea to go home to help parents understand what the week’s commitments are and as a tool to negotiate with their child(ren) – how much TV vs Homework within the week.
A Ta Dah! List
Whenever your children do something new or really tries hard - pop up a post it to celebrate.
Matching games. Have questions on one set of post it notes and the answers on another. Set a time limit for a small group of children to sort them. You can differentiate for different groups of children and they can go on to make sets of post its for each other. A good independent task for guided time.
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