Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Photo Corners

If you use Daily 5 /CAFE  then this post will be of special interest to you.  If not, then just keep reading because you'll surely find a use for the creative genius I am about to share.

I'm a scrapbooker.

Well, in theory.

I like to say that I am a scrapbooker, but the reality is that I tend to buy a lot of scrapbook-related stuff, neatly pack it away in my little home studio and never get around to actually using it.  

I do use a lot of scrapbooking techniques and supplies in the classroom though.  I use my Cricut to make bulletin boards and find fun uses for pretty, patterned paper.  Recently, I unearthed a package of photo corners and it rocked my world.

I don't know why I hadn't thought of using them before.  They make things look pretty and they are practical.

I started using Daily 5 / Cafe last year and totally heart it. The CAFE board bugged the heck out of me though.  Yeah, I know..."child-centered"..."student ownership"...blah-blah-blah.  The idea is that the students are to write out the cards that hang on the board.

I let them.  Yet, I cringed and shuddered at it.  

Here's the thing.

I'm all for displaying student work when it is actual student work.  I'm all for students taking ownership for something.  But, in reality, having kids hand-write a dictated sentence strip verbatim is not exactly the highest form of student self-expression.

Plus, it looks messy.  

And I found that other kids weren't utilizing the board as much as they were using their charts because, well, it wasn't always easy to read.  So for this coming year, I have neatly typed, color-coded and laminated a card for each skill that will go on the CAFE board.

Which, for the record, I have rearranged to become the FACE board.  In place of a post-it with their name, each student will have a head shot to move around the board.  So cute!
Anyhow, I decided to attach the cards with photo corners.  By doing so I was able to complete the layout to ensure that everything will fit.  I will take them all down and put them back up as each skill is introduced.  I can easily take the card down again to use for review or small group lessons.

This spawned my love for photo corners and I've mapped out some additional uses for them:

  • Student of the Week
  • Job Charts (change out name cards or photos of the students)
  • Calendar Squares (much cheaper than a pocket chart)
  • Things that change monthly (lunch menu, school calendar)
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1 comment:

elainaann said...

Okay, can I just say thank you!! I have a board that contains something I change out every week. I've been trying to come up with a neat way to do this. I'm a scrapbooker too so I can't believe I didn't think of photo squares. Great idea!