Simple Stuff: The Mighty Binder Clip

Thanks to Jennifer over at The Yellow Brick Road for hosting the linky party I am participating in today! In this blog post I'll share one simple thing I use in my classroom all the time!

Today, I am going to write about four ways I use. . .

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I. love. these things! They are so useful for so many things! When I get a hold of one from, let's say, something that somebody sent to me, I do not let it go. They are like gold in my little world!

Here is how I use them in my classroom:

1. Cable Catcher

I'm sure many of you have seen this via Pinterest, but if you haven't let me introduce you to the beauty of the cable catcher. :-D

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I don't know about you all, but I always have a million cords kicking around (at school and home) that plug into different electronics. I don't always need these cords plugged in the devices, and I hate digging around behind my desk when I finally DO need to use one of these cords. These make my life a little less crazy.  Although. . . I DID see a little LEGO guy holding some cords not too long ago and I want to add at least one of those just for fun. :-)

2. Hanging File Folder Assistant

I haven't used this one yet as I haven't been able to get into my classroom for the year, but I have a couple of file cabinets that I keep all sorts of things in. I like to separate my different files into sections so I have all alike things together.

I don't know about your cabinets, but mine only have one or two adjustable dealios (I don't know what they're called) per drawer. I have more things than that that I'd like to keep separate!

I found this idea through Pinterest and can't wait to try it out!

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Plus, those metal separator things are a pain to move!

3. Calendar (or other things) Hanger

My school is not so keen on paint, nails, etc in the way of customizing our rooms to make them inviting for students. In fact, just getting things to adhere to some of the walls (stone that is extremely uneven) is a nightmare and consists of me cleaning up/hanging back up stuff that has fallen off almost every day. Not even the mighty sticky tack or glue gun is successful in conquering those particular walls! :-P

THANKFULLY not all my walls are made of this material but hanging something like a calendar or a printable that I'd like to change out periodically is still challenging.

Here is a great idea I have found that will be a the "cure all" to at least the problem of being able to hang things I'd like to change out. Or at least I'm going to find out if it works this year!

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Couple of command hooks on the narrow strip of wood that runs around my room (hopefully I'll be able to get in soon and take pics for you all to see), some binder clips, and voila! I've got an easy to change out wall hanging that won't make a bunch of holes in the wood! 

4. Custom Clips

There are certain weeks of the year where I have lots of piles of assessments to grade or writing assignments to read. While I am starting to have my 3rd-5ths bring a two pocket folder to contain some of these papers and to start practicing responsibility for middle school, I will still have other papers from my PK-2nds. 

I am really horrible about having students turn in papers and then I just move them to my desk as I rarely have a moment to look at things until after school. Sometimes things happen after school (mommy commitments, staff meetings, committee meetings, duty, etc) and I don't look at papers again until the next day or the day after!

I have no problem knowing which papers go with which grade, but as to which papers go with which class? Not so good. I've tried putting post-its on them, but sometimes the post-its come off and I have to spend more time thinking "okay, which class is Suzy in this year?" or looking up each class for a certain grade to find where she goes. (My poor kids. Some of them stay in 3rd grade IN MY MIND for numerous years and I can never remember which class they are currently in.)

These were a life saver last year!

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While these particular ones are not mine, this is where I got the idea. Mine are not so fancy. They're just your standard black and I used stickers and wrote on them instead of the fancy printed out/modge podged clips like she did. You should be thankful that I used her pic instead of mine. My energy to fancify and cutify everything only extends so far. ;-)

They have worked wonders and not only keep my papers organized, but also serve as another tool to help me know whose class "little Suzy" is currently a part of! :-)

I'm sure there are a thousand (maybe not but certainly a lot) more ways to use binder clips in your classroom. Here's mine. I'd love to read about yours! 

And that's my simple stuff for today. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I loved all of these ideas! I'm hoping to get a filing cabinet for my office soon, so I love the idea of using binder clips to separate the folders into categories. Also, I wish I would've thought of labeling my binder clips. I used them a lot to separate papers for grading, but never thought to label them. Thanks for joining the party!