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May 6, 2019

Teaching Tip: Use Binder Clips for Your Mailboxes

Teaching Tip: Use Binder Clips for Your Mailboxes

Do you have classroom mailboxes? Are you getting frustrated that you cover the students' names and don't know which box belongs to which student? Try this Teaching Tip: Use Binder Clips for Your Mailboxes.

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The Problem...

My dad made me a beautiful set of mailboxes for my classroom. They are made from wood so they are super durable. I used to put labels on the bottom of the shelf with the students' names. In theory, this was a great idea. All my mailboxes were nicely labeled. In practice, however, this turned into a nightmare. I would always end up covering up the names with papers. This turned my easy task of passing out work into a HUGE nightmare.

The Solution...

I solved this problem in a cheap, easy way. I took medium sized binder clips and put them on the ends of each row. Then I took my handy, dandy label maker and created a label for each student. 

Truthfully, the binder clips were a bit of a pain to put onto the mailboxes. It was a TIGHT fit! However, once it is done once, they do not need to be redone...EVER! I just remove the tape with the old student's name and replace it with a new one.

Label Maker Extraordinaire!

I am OBSESSED with my label maker. In fact, I love mine so much that I actually have two, one for school and one for home. You never know when you will have an label making emergency! 

The one below is the exact one (or two) that I have. I find that the labels look like they have a permanent hold on things. However, they also peal off easily, like from binder clips. It's the best of both worlds. 

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Classroom organization is important for a well run classroom! Systems need to be put into place for this to be effective. A difficult area to manage are the classroom mailboxes. These tend to be crowded and difficult to find a student's name. This blog post shares how to utilize binder clips in an effective mailbox system for your classroom, saving the teacher time and creating an attractive area in the room as well. {Elementary Students, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, and Fourth Grades}

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