Monday Made It #2

It's my first official day of summer in my books... the first weekday where I have off. Except guess what?? I'm not off! This crazy lady signed up for a 4 day Teacher's College Writer's Workshop training with a culturally responsive twist this week. I don't get paid for it, but I also don't have to pay to attend, so I thought I would take the opportunity. Plus, come Thursday, I will have the rest of summer to enjoy, relax, and recharge! So I'm back to share a quick thing I made for next year with Tara's Monday Made It Linky.

As you may know if you've followed me recently, I am moving to a flexible seating approach next year. I still wanted to have name plates for students to mark their work place and for when we have guest teachers, so I had to find a solution. Introducing...

A binder clip. But wait!

It also can hold a pencil.

And if you place the name plate in the top and remove the little metal wings, you have
A name plate holder! I made up these little name plates (and put my new puppy's name on it for a demo) and printed them 3 on a page. 
My students will place these at their spot for work time. When not in use, their pencil can be slid into the binder clip for safe keeping. To jazz up the clip, I added just 2 little strips of fabric washi tape. Guys. I am LOVING the fabric washi tape! I decorated a whole journal using it. It's addicting I'm telling you. But it was the perfect width for these clips.

But, I didn't just stop there. I started to think: How else can I use these name plates and holders to support my students in their learning spaces?

Mini charts of course!

To test out my idea, I made up a few mini charts and put them back to back with the name plate. I can change out the chart to suit my students' individual needs. Slight draw back however is that you need to put the little metal wings back on in order to open and close the clip to change out the charts. It's not hard at all; you just need to make sure you have some of the wings on hand.

You could leave them on... they would cover up part of the name and charts but if you are looking for a bit more convenience this would definitely work.

I'm so excited at how easy this solution worked out for my need. But it got me thinking. What if you had desks, could this still work as a way to replace taping name tags down on the desks? Or how else could you use these clips in this way?

Want these reference cards? It'll be a growing pack, so snag it now while they are lower in cost! Click on the image below!

Add a little velcro to the desk and to the bottom on the binder clip. That way, when the top of the desk is opened, the clip will not fall over. You could also attach some ticky-tac (my favorite) to the clip for extra security. You could also  make direction signs for centers, turn in signs for paper collection... you name it! Cheap, yet effective.

I can't wait to grab a glass of wine after my training and enjoy reading the other ideas! Make sure you go check out the awesome creations.



  1. Great idea...I hate students picking at the name plates I lovingly tape on their desks! Super idea to switch out with mini charts later. (Love, love, love the font pairings you used, too!)

  2. Oh girl!!!!!! This is beyond fab!!!! Limitless ideas racing through my head right now, especially for differentiation!!!!! Love this!! Thank you so much for linking it up:) Your puppy....ummmmm....cuteness overload!! You are going to be busy!!! xoxo

  3. What an awesome idea! I love those mini charts!

    Enchanted in Elementary

  4. This is such a great idea! Oh my! My mind is racing with the possibilities. You are brilliant!

    Crofts' Classroom

  5. Oh My Gosh! BEST IDEA EVER!!!!!! So simple, so clever! I am off to make these for ALL my classes! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


  6. Great idea! And washi tape is definitely my weakness. :)

  7. STOP are a binder clip GENIUS! Love this idea and just the thought of the pencil staying in it's own place....BRILLIANCE!!!!! Off to pin this for things I must make! XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. I know there had to be a less expensive option than nearly 4 dollars each for a commercial product. You are very clever! Are the mini charts available? I teach second and we are responsible for transitioning students to notebook paper. These mini charts would be so helpful ~ Caroline

    1. I just posted them in my shop! I added a picture and link to the post. Thanks for your comment :)

  9. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Such a simple idea, but a HUGE game changer in the classroom! Thanks for sharing!

  11. What a genius idea! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Thank you for sharing your clip idea. I love it and immediately pulled out materials and made my own. I shared mine on MMI the following week. Check it out here:


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