I keep getting asked about how to use magnet strips for students' names...
And here is the original post with similar information. When I made this post in 2014, it must have been the year I transitioned from printed names (using the printer) to students writing their own names in a certain color for each class. As of 2017, students use the color of their choice. Some even choose to decorate this small space! They can also take their names home over the summer. If they bring them back the next school year, I let them in on the fun of answering the questions when they stop by to visit!
Please share with me what YOUR question of the day looks like in your class(es)!
Near the end of the year, not every child moves his or her name over at the start of the class. I can still take quick attendance, and if it's not a question I feel will spark real conversation, I don't bug those students to answer it. I've got myriad questions for our "Question of the Day," and some are more interesting to certain students than others. However, many times students will add one of their own, because they know it is always welcomed once they learn the types of questions and possible answers that we use. This latest student-chosen question had the most buy-in from my students! There were only three students (from homeroom) who did not answer! Who'd've thunk? ;)
This was one of the "simply fun" questions we like to throw up on the board. Timely, relevant, and simply FUN! The responses you put under your questions may just not be enough for some scholars. I LOVE it when they add their own...
"I'd buy them for my posse, too!"
We often don't know what happens in our students' homes. The question of the day can help with this relationship. Before heading out for our seventh grade outdoor education trip, we talk about table manners. Since we have over 150 students attending, eating all in one room at crowded tables can be tricky. The day after we talk about good table manners, I like to pose this question to my students...
They move their magnets (which also helps me with a quick attendance check), and then, as happens often, one student adds another category. This day, what appeared was "I don't eat with my family." The one who started it gets my attention. What's the schedule like at home? Why don't you eat with your family? The response this year made me sad. "I don't want to. I bring my food up to my bedroom and eat there." That's my signal to get to know this student even more.