New student organization for a new year

January 3, 2012

New student organization for a new year

January 3, 2012
This is an oldie from last year, but I had to share it again (with an updated sign, of course!) because it has worked out to be a total lifesaver! You can see the original post if you’d like here (I’ve been working on improving my photography skills this year, can you see any difference? Ha! Probably not, just humor me!).

This is a little storage piece I use for all supplies, name tags, book bags (for Reader’s Workshop)…anything I need to have prepared for when a new student comes in.

I tend to get a lot of new arrivals throughout the year (especially at this time of year) so it has been on my mind to share…in case you are a newer reader of the blog.

And be reassured, I don’t only supply glue for my students, though it seems that way from the picture!

I’m also working on a little printable to help track students (since I have a high turnover) and keep important information in one place (rather than running down to the office for it). Are you working with a transient population? Would you be interested in this document? If so, I will share it in my next post.

Here’s the file (oooo…first one of 2012!).

New Students Sign


  • laughinbrunette (Jennifer) January 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    This is great! I try to do this…but I need to do a better job with it! =)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  • ~Stephanie January 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Up until this year, I did have a high transient population (I had 50 kids through my class last year!!…this year, I have switched to a new school though, a magnet, and no one comes or goes) I would love the document though. You never know when I might be in a situation to need it again.

    Teaching in Room 6

    (PS…I responded to your question on my blog post…not sure how you are supposed to know that though. Do you get emails about it? I would love to figure that out!)

  • Sandra January 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I also work in a pretty transient school and would love your printable. It is such a good idea to have a little crate full of supplies and books because I always find myself struggling and looking for all the supplies that I need!! πŸ™‚ I have to do this!

    Thanks for the label.

    Sweet Times in First

  • Kim January 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I read this as "I don't APPLY glue to my students" (It worked with the picture too!)
    I guess I need to work on "fix-up" strategies…

    I am always scrambling for parts and pieces, so this is a great idea. And SO adorable–as usual!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  • Samantha January 3, 2012 at 11:41 pm


    Loved this idea so much when I saw it on the original post. It has saved my life this year, as I have gained a student every 2 or 3 weeks since school started. Thanks for the great idea!


  • Kelley Cirrito January 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Love it Kristen! I have a very high turn-over too! It seems like we get a new student or lose a student every week. CRAZY! πŸ™‚

  • Run Teacher, Run! January 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Great idea with the crate! I have a separate "space" in a drawer, but it just blends into everything else. Thanks for sharing!

    Mary Beth

  • Rachel January 3, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I usually have a very transient population as well. This year, though, I just seem to keep getting students but not losing any! Not that I want to lose any, but my #s are getting up there (29!).

    Go Fourth! With Mrs. Owens

  • bnwalton January 4, 2012 at 12:18 am

    You are so creative. I would love the printable. My population is pretty transient, but my class is technically "locked" so I'm not supposed to receive any more students. I found out today that one of my favorite kids is leaving tomorrow and I'm pretty sure I also lost another one over break. Whaaa.

    P.S. I can totally tell your photography has improved πŸ™‚

    Living A Wonderful Life

  • Tara January 4, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I should have had this in place already….I lost my precious Hungarian girl my last day before Christmas break and today was surprised with a phonecall from the P telling me I am getting a new student from Russia tomorrow..I am scrambling to get everything ready and still can't find some things….eekk…

    4th Grade Frolics

  • Rachelle January 4, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Ohmyword. I just found out that you had ALREADY done a whole tutorial on taking that word verification off. DUH! Why did I just waste the past hour doing that post! HA!!! I should've known!!! You are the best!!!!!

  • Jen R. (The Teachers' Cauldron) January 4, 2012 at 1:05 am

    My classroom is a revolving door! More this year than most- I gained and lost2 people in a 2 weeks span…I had 14 kids at one point!!wowwy! UN. HEARD. OF! But I do try to have a bin for my new students, but this year?? I've just given up on that! lol…don't want to waste my copies(you know, since they are so limited these days- bah!)
    The Teachers’ Cauldron

  • Reflections from Within January 4, 2012 at 2:14 am

    This is great! I lost 2 students and gained a new one over break so this is just what I need right now. It's also nice to hear that lots of teachers are dealing with transient populations! Comfort in numbers.

  • The Science Penguin January 4, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I like this. I try to make about 10 new student packets in a gallon bag at the beginning of the year for possible new students that come in with some basic supplies and folders and journals set up already the way I like (most kids don't bring any supplies anyway). It makes it soooo simple when I get a new student. This year, I've only gotten one new student, but in the past I would get waaaaaay more. Better to be prepared though!

    The Science Penguin

  • SunnyDays January 4, 2012 at 2:44 am

    This is awesome. Teaching gifted, I don't tend to get too many new nuggets into my class, but I do from time to time. Even just getting one or two new kids a year takes a LOT of time to get set up when the come in and I have NOTHING ready for them. I've got to do this πŸ™‚

    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  • Miss Foote January 4, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Love this! Adding it to my "new student" drawer.


  • Ms.M January 4, 2012 at 4:23 am

    You know I have the smaller version of your kids so I will be using this soon. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the label.

    What kind of new supplies do you have in there?

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  • Sophia January 4, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Wow! This is perfect! I teach next to a military base and children are always moving in and out. This printable will be great! I keep all of my new student stuff in a clear bin in my closet, but it might come out of the closet with this new label on it πŸ™‚ I'd love the printable for tracking student info, too. Thanks for all of your wonderful freebies!

  • Kimberly January 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I just gave you the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out here:

  • Edana January 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Thanks so much! I received a new kid just a couple days ago, during this time I tend to get a lot of newbies too!

    Color Me Kinder

  • Kate January 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing this!

  • First Grade Newbie January 6, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I can not wait to share your blog with one of the teachers at my school. She loves ladybugs and teaches 4th grade. She will love it. I'm a first grade newbie. I have been following many of the blogs in the giveaway for the last three months and I continue to discover even more of your blogs each day…2 more before I saw your giveaway. I have become obsessed. I would love to win this giveaway. It would help me so much as I venture more into teaching first graders. Thanks to all of you for creating and sharing your ideas and for re-energizing me. My kids love it and get excited each week as they get new things to play and create!

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