All teachers love stationery – I get giddy at the thought of a visit to Staples. I seem to collect endless types of notebooks and I really, really do have a pencil case of favourite felt-tip pens that I refuse to lend to anyone. Sad, but true. However, the most useful and multifunctional of all this delicious stationery is the post-it note. It comes in an endless array of colours, shapes and sizes which merely adds to my love of it…Here are some of the ways in which I have used the beauties…
Summarising – starting with the largest post-it and gradually decreasing their size down the page. The children can fit less and less wordage in each one, ending up with a few key points.
Feedback – stick them in exercise books so they are poking out pointing out where pupils need to do corrections / feedback / wishes. It makes it easy for you to see who needs to do corrections. Pupils can remove the post-it when they have responded to feedback.
Guided Reading groups – I just use the sticky bits to write children’s names on and then laminate my group list. This means I can really easily move my groups around.
Story timelines – use post-its to sequence the key elements in a story. They can either be linked with arrows or stuck along a line. The children can then play around with the story sequence or structure very easily.
Mind-mapping – I like to use pictures to stimulate descriptive writing, creating word banks to describe the mood. I laminate my favourites and choose an appropriate one to stick in the middle of a large piece of sugar paper. In groups, children mind-map words and phrases on post-its and organise them around the image. I can then ask them to group their words and phrases under subheading. These might end up being used as the basis for sentences or paragraphs.
Prepositions – saw this anchor chart and thought it looked brilliantly simple!
I also like this idea for apostrophes…
And this noticing punctuation…
Teaching onomatopoeia with speech bubble shaped post-its…
Organising sentence types…
This could also be done to classify words.
Classification and organisation of information for scientific or topic writing, creating keys and food chains.
Explanation texts – organise life cycles into a circular flow chart using post-its for each key point, drawing arrows in between. Add notes on post-its at each key point. These notes can then be moved and organised into paragraphs where they can then be expanded into full sentences under sub-headings.
Text marking – this will encourage close reading of texts. It is really important to model how to do this first so children don’t spend too long sticking post-it notes in books.
AfL – use post-its to evidence learning in a lesson as an ‘exit slip’.
They make post-its in amazing shapes, sizes and colours…their uses are endless…and I love them!