Slice of Life Tuesday: An Ode to the Sticky Note

This post is part of the weekly Slice of Life challenge from Two Writing Teachers. I’m so grateful for the community and support I find in this group. Check them out!


Oh, sticky notes.

You’re quite possibly one of my very favorite school supplies, and I’ve always reveled in the many ways you support instruction and keep me organized. Granted, I have a tendency to sometimes write student names on a sticky assuming I’ll remember why, and then promptly forget what the list is for, but let’s not think about that now.

Instead, I’d like to thank you for all the things you’ve helped me do this week, all of the bright moments you’ve brought me.

Let’s start with the exit slip board I’ve put up at the entrances to each of my classrooms. Every day, I’ll be offering a prompt for an exit slip. Kids will slap a sticky up on the board in reflection at the end of class. For what it’s worth, I’ve already learned to post the exit slip prompt by the start of class so my more deliberate thinkers have time to consider it.

And boy, is there gold in these here responses! I can see myself learning a LOT about my students and how they perceive the world. My guess is I’ll also be in better touch with what they’re learning and what parts of my message get through to them.

I’ve also given the option for students to write me a private note on the back of a sticky note, if they feel the desire. One student wrote, “I was thinking about for a long time how many friends will I make?” Hopefully many in here, buddy. Hopefully many.

Then there was the kid who is clearly getting a check in the mail:

That’s opposed to the kid who posted a sticky note with a question for me: “How many children or grandchildren do you have?”
Umm.
I don’t mind kids asking or knowing my age.
But this one maybe stung a little.
Maybe because it means I’m turning a corner, like how the day I brought a student teacher into my classroom was the same day I realized that no, I was NOT “just out of college” anymore…

Yes, I could do this all online. But there’s also something wonderful about holding these slips of paper in my hands, these pieces of themselves the kids have plunked up on my wall.

I’m also looking forward to the learning I get to do with these. Maybe I’ll find ways to organize them, to use them as assessment pieces somehow. Maybe I can use them as artifacts to show them their growth. Maybe I’ll be better connected to my kids because they’re simply going to be telling me more. Who knows?

I’m excited to see!

Do you have clever ways you’ve used sticky notes in your instruction? I’m all ears!

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7 Responses to “Slice of Life Tuesday: An Ode to the Sticky Note”

  1. arjeha Says:

    Sticky notes are truly versatile. I have used them to write comments on student drafts without having to mark up their paper. I have also had students write feedback comments on them for other students.

  2. Debbie Lynn Says:

    Sticky notes revolutionized quick responses! It was fun reading through the notes you posted. 🙂

  3. Gail Says:

    Just stick to what you do best. Love it

  4. Juliette Awua-Kyerematen Says:

    Thanks for sharing more ways sticky notes can be used to benefit both students and teachers.

  5. Raivenne Says:

    Ah, a such a sweet ode to the sticky note. They are handy.

    I enjoyed reading your use of them with your class.

  6. Fran Haley Says:

    I adore sticky notes! I cannot function without them at school AND home. I keep various sizes, multiple colors, lined and unlined…I once saw a teacher conferring with students, jotting anecdotal notes on a sticky; she later transferred them to tabbed binder pages labeled with student names. The sticky-note possibilities are endless! That one about ELA being super fun… I’m thinking mat, frame…

    • Lainie Levin Says:

      YES! And the one another student gave me about whether or not our own human lives have a premise? That one’s tacked up on the bulletin board behind me!

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