You get it. I get it. Sometimes the kids don’t seem to get it.
Teachers preach that immediately after a paper is passed out a name better be in the upper right hand corner.
The beginning of the year we even sang the cute little song: The first thing I do is always the same, I pick up my pencil and write my name.
I would even repeat it back to them. In reality at least half of the class forgets. I’ve seen students owe recess time for not writing their name on their paper. These kids have a piece of my heart, and that’s why it tore me up to watch them sit out as a consequence. The no name issue could be easily fixed if only I had a way to motivate them.
IT HIT ME. My kids LOVE Scents. These smelly markers are a jack of all trades in our classroom. A favorite use is searching and smelling for text evidence.
I decided to transfer the love to our turn in method. I have a small pail that contains highlighters for my turn in station (click link to see post). In this pail I had regular ol’ highlighters that the kids used to highlight their name on the turn in sheet then highlight their name on their paper. The kids in class knew to highlight their name in the turn in sheet but rarely highlighted their name,
Today, genius struck. I swapped those measly highlighters for SCENTOS Markers and my kids were EXCITED to turn in their work! Our class discussed that they could not sniff directly from the marker but may sniff their paper once they circled/highlighted their name. You should’ve seen how cute they lookedsniffing their paper and saying, “Mhmmmmm blueberry!”
Simple, yet effective. I hope this helps solve your problem like it did mine!