28 April 2014

Management Monday - Privacy Shields

I absolutely love this quote! I tell this to my students all.the.time. We talk about what it means a lot, and why it's ok to not know something, but it's not ok to at least try. My sweet seconds, they get it. 

However, when it comes time to actually "show what they know," my sweets tend to have wandering eyes. In fact, I think it's human nature to want to know what's going on "next door." Heck, the Mr. is constantly telling me what a nosey Rosey I am.

That being said, I'm sure you've seen what I call "Privacy Shields" on websites like Really Good Stuff, Lakeshore, etc...but they're pricey. Like in the neighborhood of $9 each. Yikes! 

My very first year teaching I knew I wasn't spending well over $100 on privacy/testing shields! So I made my own. Four years later, I'm still using the SAME privacy shields! These babies have seen 3 different school districts, two different states, second graders and fourth graders! 
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Here's what you'll need to make them:
  • 2 file folders for each student in your class (I made a total of 25 privacy shields, so I used 50 file folders) - you could choose to color code based on table groups, but I just used the plain manila ones. You can get this box of 100 (that's 50 privacy shields!!!) for less than $6 on Amazon.
  • Clear Packing Tape (to attach the two file folders together)
  • Marker (to number your shields)
  • Optional - laminator for added durability
Gather your materials!
Attach two folders together using the packing tape. Repeat until all folders are attached.

I number each privacy shield (I do this so that each student uses the folder that correlates to his/her class number - it keeps students accountable to taking care of their own privacy shield). I alternated colors because it gives me the option to say something like, "If your testing shield number is blue..." Just another classroom management strategy!

Laminate (Seriously - don't skip this step!) and trim!

No worries if they aren't exactly the same size. Although, I suppose you could get out the ruler and ensure exactness!

It's that easy! You now have privacy shields for cheap, cheap, cheap!

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