Organizing and they go together?

Hey all!
I am less focused and more flipped out than Monday!!!  Why, you ask?  Well, I just found out we are making an unplanned trip to Illinois in a little over a week!
Good news.....I get to see all my family:)))  Happy, happy!
Bad news......I feel like my summer is gone, I am freaking out because I have a list a million miles long and can't seem to finish anything.....just feel like a hamster on a wheel.....going no where!!!
So, in honor of my spazzing out, I am linking up with 2 wonderful bloggers, my buds Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B and Kristen from Ladybug's Teacher Files for their Optimum Organization Linky in hopes that it will calm and focus me........
So, my organizing idea today isn't originally mine.  It all started with the lovely Teri at A Cupcake for the Teacher.  Before the school year started last year, I was clueless (not sure why) about using numbers in the classroom.  Clueless I tell ya....then Teri linked up some adorable "number" things on my Monday Made It linky and then I emailed her and asked a million questions and she talked me through how wonderful having a number system in your classroom is. 
I am sure most of you already do this, so humor me and pretend I'm sharing something wonderfully new:)  Anywhosie, you can see a couple of her posts HERE and HERE and HERE.
So last year I started the number thing.  I made these from Teri:
 I did this a lot!!!  But, unfortunately, that was just about where it stopped....I numbered my kids, and then I got 8 news ones all at once and it flipped me out and I wasn't as good as I could have been with using the on their papers, nametags......
So this year I am going to be better about it.  I am going to use numbers with my File It For Friday system
 I am also using numbers with my new Homework Club (thank you Molly from Lessons with Laughter)
I had to make new "pick me" numbers in my new colors:)  They are actually the same ones I use for my Homework club, I just printed another set:)  2 things in one:)
I'm hopeful that using the numbers this year and doing a better job at it will help with organization and make my little ole teacher life a little easier:)  Since I am like the last one to this party,  would love it if you have other ideas using student numbers:)  Leave them in the comments:))


  1. I love using numbers, but too often get frazzled when new students come in. Usually, if I've had some leave I'll fill the 'vacant' spots first. I still haven't mastered that concept yet. I also have 2 classes so that's even more confusing. A veteran teacher told me about it my first year teaching.... so glad she did :) FYI- I also number my textbooks. It makes it so much easier rather than issuing all those long numbers!

  2. You will love using numbers, Tara :) I use them for everything. Papers, lining up, grouping kids (even this way, odd that way), numbering cubbies, etc. Thanks for linking up with us!

    Fun in Room 4B

  3. I started using numbers last year when I got my biggest class ever (29!) and I loved them. I taught the kids to turn in homework folders and interactive notebooks in number made it so much easier to see whose was missing. The only problem I had last year was that two of my special friends ended up next to each other in number order...they were my only exception to the "you must line up in number order rule"! ;)

  4. I teach 1st and I use number for their cubbies, work folders and homework folders. I never have gotten into having the kids number their papers. I tried it once and a lot of them kept forgetting and thenof course I kept forgetting. I use work folders so all of their work goes in there and I can put the folders in order before I pull the papers outs and they will be in order that way. Once you get going with numbers, you'll never go back.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  5. I use the number system and it helps a lot in our room. I love all the cute ways you have the numbers organized. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  6. I have used numbers the past few years. As far as any students coming in..I just gave them the next number. It worked perfectly!

    Love your colors!


  7. I love to use numbers too but I like the Pick Me pot! Too cute. I totally agree with you that I feel like my summer is over too and I still have so much to do! Hang in there! You'll get it all done! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Tara! Thank you for this post! I use numbers here and there but I am loving all the different ways you (an your commentors) have been sharing on how to use them. I am definitely going to be doing this.

    Crofts' Classroom

  9. I use numbers and try to incorporate math into it. I might ask prime numbers to line up or factors of 12. It's a good review and keeps them listening! I always make extra numbers in case I get new students. Then I don't have to worry about making all new things when the year gets going.

  10. I use numbers and try to incorporate math into it. I might ask prime numbers to line up or factors of 12. It's a good review and keeps them listening! I always make extra numbers in case I get new students. Then I don't have to worry about making all new things when the year gets going.

  11. I always fill in the vacant numbers first, then if I don't have anymore numbers I just add a letter to the number. So, if I get a child who would be #2 because of their last name, I make them 2A or 2B depending on where they would fall. This works like a charm!

  12. I got into numbers with you last year too!!! Thanks to your linky...I don't know why I never considered`them before! I love how they all match your theme Tara.

    I have more to tell you but I'm going to send you a note :) :)

    Thanks for linking up, I know you are very busy right now!

  13. I also use numbers in my classroom. I use them for the behavior chart system as well as lining up for anywhere we go outside of the room.

    Shepherd's Shining Stars

  14. I LOVE using numbers! I use them for the same things you suggested, but I also use them for making lunch choices (we have to send down a daily lunch count at my school), behavior clip chart, lining up for fire drills and field trips-the uses are really endless!

    1. When you say you use them for your clip instead of names on the clips it's their numbers?

    2. I do the same so parents or others aren't looking at the names on the clip chart or class dojo chart.

    3. Yes, I also use numbers on my clip chart--then i don't have to change the clips every year, whoo hoo! My teammates have even started numbering their cubby tags instead of putting names so they don't have to change them every year!

      YAY NUMBERS. My kids have to write their name AND # on their paper and highlight it to turn it into the tray. Makes filing papers so much easier, as the mailboxes are also, you guessed it--numbered. :D

      Teach On.

  15. I use numbers for everything! We even have students line up in number order for fire drills, field trips, going to specials, makes it so fast and efficient when trying to see who is here. We just have our kids quickly count off if we need to take roll. I also collect all homework in number order so it's easy to mark in the grade book. You don't always have to start with "one" but having them be in numerical order helps for everything.... Plus, the students have some amenity if they put something out in the hallway with their number on it. Some of them like that - others don't seem to care.

    As for the new kids. We just add them to our end no matter what because that's how they add our gradebooks. They come in at the bottom unless I realphabetize (which I don't). Having them at the end works out - we just need to readjust for picture day or some other random events. But even for fire drills, if they are 26 - I know they are here whether or not they should be a 10, etc. I also leave missing numbers. This year I didn't have a 10 or 15 midway through the year but the kids knew that and reminded me if I forget!

    Can't wait to see what you do with your numbers!
    - Amanda
    My Shoe String Life

  16. I have used numbers for years with fourth and fifth graders. I have a pocket chart for turning in work that is numbered and it makes it so easy to see who has missing work or who hasn't finished an exam without asking. I also use name cards with their name and number in a column posted next to my door. It is laminated and I use it and the students use it all year long. It also adds another visual. I have everything numbered. We swap for math class in fourth and three classes in fifth so the kids also have what I call their switching number. It takes a day or two to adjust to two numbers, but most do it quickly, I make them record their numbers at the front of their binder with all the other organizational things we do when school starts. That helps with that. As far as new students or leaving students, the number just stays empty and the new student goes on the end. I love using numbers,

  17. I love using the number system, especially when it comes to organizing paperwork. My students turn their homework, classwork, and tests into paper trays organized by number. (ex. 1-5, 6-10,11-15, etc.) This helps make checking in homework a snap AND logging in grades easy, since everyone is already in alphabetical order.
    Can't wait for Monday Made-It!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  18. Yay for numbering!! It makes things so much easier! I can see how getting 8 new students would throw that off, though. I usually don't number my kids until after the first week in case anything crazy happens. Then, if I get new students, they go at the end. I know it's not alphabetical, but by then, everyone knows their numbers!

    Plus, when you number your cubbies and book bins and everything else that they use that is YOURS and not THEIRS you can just reuse it every year with no worries. I even number their school supplies and take them up...numbers are everywhere!!

    Have a safe trip!! Maybe you can get some work done (or reading maybe) in the car? :O)
    Collaboration Cuties

  19. I use numbers for EVERYTHING! It makes it so much easier when students move in and out.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  20. I have never used numbers but I think this year I'm going to give it a whirl! Now here's a random do you cut out your circles? Do you just use scissors or do you have one of the punches? I've tried scissors and I just can't cut them "perfect" enough!

  21. I have an ocean themed room so I took some ocean themed calendar numbers and shrunk them down, modge-podged them onto clear stones, glued a magnet to the back and that is how my class makes their lunch choices. They find their numbers on the top of the cookie sheet and move them down to one of the sand buckets, green for salad, yellow for choice, red for hot lunch, and purple for lunch from home. The kids loved it!

  22. I love using numbers too! I haven't had to label my cubbies in a long time! One new idea I never used with my numbers was having a file for each student in my file cabinet labeled with numbers! What was I thinking relabeling those every year?!?

    i tried numbers on homework but wasn't successful. Students forgot to write their number and I kept forgetting to tell everyone to write (not that they all did it anyway when I told them to unless I walked around and personally told some of them...too much time!)
    Good luck with getting everything ready for your trip! Enjoy!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  23. I, too, use numbers for everything. It makes organizing papers so much easier! The students' mailboxes are labeled with numbers (no re-doing name labels every year!!!) so that everything that is handed in is already in alphabetical order. That makes inputting grades so much easier also. Love this system! I think you will find that it is so helpful once you use it consistently. BTW.....I love your Homework Club numbers and it for sale? or would you be willing to share it? Thanks so much!

  24. Ive used numbers for ten years. When I started teaching I saw about 100 kiddos per day because we switched classes in 4th grade. Each kiddo had an initial of the teachers last name ex. L and then their number. Like L4. This way we could give back papers to homeroom teachers, keep up with behavior, etc. I just kept using them in 2nd, but without the L! I even number chairs now, because believe it or not, my kiddos argue over which chair is theirs!

  25. I have been flipping out also because summer is going way to fast. I want it to slow WAY down.
    Your number system is quite organized and super cute!
    Antoinette :)

  26. Numbers are great for the students too, they know theirs and they start to learn others as well, so when there's one missing you can ask "who's 10? they will all remind you even if the person who is 10 isn't paying attention! Also for all of those "little teachers" who always want to help, it's great to give them a stack of papers/homework or whatever and ask them to put them in number order and check them in. It's super helpful!

  27. I'm sorry if I missed it, but what do you stick the number circles to?

  28. Where did you get the magnets from for the number on the homework club sign?


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