Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cheap and Easy Spinnning in My Classroom--FINALLY!

Some of you may have tuned into my last blog post about the difficulty of the new year getting started...I am happy to announce that....wait for's getting better!  This was the year (just like every one before that "it really wasn't happening")....but, it is! We kicked off Daily 5 and had 3 THREE round days that went relatively smoothly....I will be sharing a post about that later...

I just wanted to quickly share a quick management tip that many of you probably already have done for years, but is a BRAND NEW thought for me.  I've always loved the fact that writing expo markers over permanent markers will erase it off any and every smooth surface you've (or maybe one of the kids did "on accident").  I have used this tip I learned years ago for many purposes: my calendar board's "permanent" things are written in permanent marker and writing students' names and/or concepts they are working RIGHT on their desk/table area so they can never lose their nametag are just a couple of ways I can think of off the top of my head. 

Well, I LOVE spinners because they provide so many different learning opportunities and are easy to differentiate with... I've watched bloggers blogging about them, teachers teaching with them and I've had it on my list to make them for probably 2 years, I have finally come to terms with the fact that I am probably not going to be one of those teachers with fancy, fun spinners in my room.  BUT that doesn't mean that we still can't be spinning in C-21!  As a single mom and full time teacher, time is precious and, although they won't be anything fancy, my students are going to be spinning  A LOT this year because look what I found:

Ten of them for $7.00 what??@@!! Yup, that's a steal! I have not tried this kind, but it says it is laminate coated, which I am pretty sure will work with my technique, but can't guarantee it.
Now, you need to know how I make them into something useful in my classroom, right? And, in pure MMMB fashion, it is QUICK and EASY-just the way we like (need) it:
You write whatever options you want your children to spin to with a permanent Sharpie marker.

When you are ready to change your stations, you color over the permanent marker marks with an expo marker. 

 You use a paper towel (or your finger like I do--its even quicker and not all that messy!) to wipe off
the spinners.
Now you are ready to write your next options for your students for their new workstations.
I am not claiming this as my idea. I have always used expo erasers to erase permanent marker from whiteboards, desks, etc., but just recently thought to use it on spinners!  I am sure there are many of you out there who have done this forever, its just a new concept to me! :)


  1. Such a good idea! I just think I will be buying me some :)

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