Featured Work Notes & Makarios School Flooding

I am back and once again joining up with an amazing linky. Miss Kindergarten is hosting a Teaching Tips Linky party over at her amazing blog.
My teaching tip is something I decided to do when I realized I was keeping my Kindergarteners work up on the board for a while and then sending it home. I have a Treasured Work board in the classroom and will tape papers up on it when they have done their best work. This was started to help curb sloppy work being done by the kids.
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The kids get so excited to see their paper on the Treasured Work board. When I went to take the first round of papers down I realized that the paper was something we had done really early in the year. I didn’t want the parents to think that I was forgetting to send papers home so I decided to create a very simple note to attach to each paper that is featured on the board. That way the parents know why they are not getting certain papers and projects every day and the kids think it is as fabulous as a sticker to have a bright note attached to their paper. Doing this just shows you going the extra step in appreciation for good work and is a simple way to make a positive communication home to the parents/guardians.
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I have added the note file below to Google Docs. If you need the note changed to say something other than Treasured Work board please let me know in the comments below with your email and I will send one over to you :) There is a fancy font and a plain font included.
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Before I end today, I wanted to let you know about something that happened to a school my good friend Kristen (A Day In First Grade) holds near and dear to her heart. Kristen had the privilege of teaching at Makarios in the Dominican Republic a couple years ago. Sadly, the school was pretty much destroyed when a flood ripped through the town. Makarios takes care of over 100 impoverished Haitians and Dominicans providing them with education, two meals a day, medical attention and clothing. You can read more about how you can donate or help out as they recover from this traumatic event by going to this website: http://makariosinternational.org/2012/11/10/urgent-need-flood-damages-school/. I, along with Kristen would be very grateful for any help you may be able to offer during this time of need. If you are a prayer warrior the Dominican people can use your prayers as they recover from this trying time as well.
*Please note these images came from the website listed above. These are in no way my images. I just want you to see first hand the mess this flood made of the school and community.*

5 comments:

  1. I LOVE your Treasured Work board and think adding the note to their work is a fantastic way to show that extra appreciation for "good work" done by students. This is just great!

    Brittany
    Lovely Literacy & More

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  2. I too love your Treasured Work board. I have been wanting to start something like that but didnt know what to call it or how it would work. You have just solved both of those problems! Thanks for the free download.

    Brittany
    Stickers and Stamps

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  3. This is such a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!! We're your newest followers. =)

    -Jackie and Danielle-

    Sister Teachers

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  4. I think I need to add a Treasured Work Board to my classroom for the very same reason you stated yours- curving sloppy work! That note you staple to their paper once it's come down is my favorite part!! Pinning! :)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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  5. I love the idea! Thanks so much for sharing! Who doesn't love a freebie?
    Hilary
    Second Grade is Out of This World

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