Genius idea! I just got onw of these mailbox systems and I have been debating on how I would label it, this is perfect!
Thank you! Also, thanks for taking the time to give me your feedback on this. I get quite a few folks who come to this post but rarely hear from any of them. It's nice to hear from others on this.
I have an organizer like yours and instead of relabeling them with a child's name every year or moving them around if someone leaves, I used student numbers. My roster is alphabetical by last name and that is how they get their number ( Jane Alonso is number 1, Betty Boop is number 2 etc.). That is their mailbox number for the whole year and as soon as the year ends, it's already to go for the next year. No relabeling. The kiddos are also trained to write their student numbers on all their papers so it's easy to put papers in the right mail slot. I have numbered cubbies, backpack hooks, spots on the carpet and that is also how they line up (no more cutting in line)!
That is a good strategy that I have seen work well for other teachers. In fact, some of my colleagues use numbers for names in their classrooms for some of the very same reasons you point out. For me, I just find it easier to use the names rather than remembering who is which number. It is easier on my old brain. I also have students and volunteers help out with this and I think having to have them look on a list would just take much longer. One thing I have learned over the years is that there are lot of different ways to do things and you just have to figure out which ones work for you. It sounds like your system works really well for you and I really like the no cutting in line part! Thanks for giving us another perspective on this!
I do that too, but the thing that bugs me is when kids move in/out throughout the year, I have to reassign numbers/letters, or new student Jane Doe's number ends up being at the end, after Mike Wazowski. So then it's not really in order anymore. I do like the name badge idea. I'm getting a set of nice wooden mailboxes this year (my partner teacher is retiring, and she's giving them to me), so I may have to try this.
Let us know how it goes : )
Very nice, I probably would have just taped the pocket holders down, leaving one end open to slide the name cards out. Now that I read about the velcro I will use it instead!
Yes it holds really well. I am surprised after 5+ years it is still going strong.
I like this idea. Thank you!
Your welcome Helena. I appreciate hearing from you : )
Will the openings hold a 12x12 paper?
Hi Lynda, no they are not big enough to hold a 12" x 12" paper. They sell these at Office Depot and other office stores. Fellows makes them. They are technically literature organizers and comfortably hold letter size paper. They also will hold a pocket folder diagonally.
I also use the mailboxes I see here only mine were brown laminated wood. I was able to purchase mine at Sam's Club. I don't remember the price anymore. I put the labels on the front plastic part and found GooGone worked wonderfully to take off the old lablels.
I wish Fellows would make a school version of these organizers that are wide enough to hold folders and binders and had a way to move the labels around easier. Maybe even one that stores tablets and plug them in would be another great option. Mine have tough cardboard walls but having them laminated would have been so much better. Thanks for sharing : )