There’s some cool things happening with floor tape in the classroom and we thought we might share them with you. Teachers are using tape to organize, create quick additions to lessons and use the space they have to their advantage. We’ve found some pretty cool ideas that teachers are using in their classroom and wanted to share.
Once you check out the ideas below, head to our popular post on 4 Really Cool Ways Teachers are Using Post-It Notes in the Classroom.
Visual Solutions for Space – The special education focused blog, A Special Sparkle, uses floor tape as a visual for students to remain in their spaces. Educational consultant Christine Reeve shares that “…some students need more visual structure. This [kid] would sit in his chair at the table, but over time he would move his chair farther and farther away from the activity. To help him stay in one place without continual reminders, the teacher put duct tape on the floor surrounding his chair. Over time we faded the tape by picking up pieces of it at a time. I’ve done the same thing with a student who kept moving away during calendar time. We put the tape on the floor and the difference in his behavior was unbelievable. Suddenly he wouldn’t let his chair stray out of the box! Which meant he was sitting right where he should be.”
Making Lessons more Interactive – Are you working with a number line? Timeline? A series of events or a chart? Why not make it life sized on your floor to create engagement and excitement for students! Fifth Grade Teacher Joanne Miller from @headoverheelsforteaching created this number line for locating decimals and fractions.
Assigning Seats – Whether it is circle time, a special spot for musical instruments, or an assigned area where the color on something can match the color of the tape – using colored tape to support where things or students should be is a great way to manage your classroom.
Over at Kinder Craze, she uses these floor tape marks as a way for assigned seating during her circle time in her classroom library. Kindergarten teacher Maria Gavin shares, “Did you notice the duct tape on my carpet? I use it to assign seats during circle time. I have five colors in rainbow order (pink, orange, yellow, green, and teal). It coordinates perfectly with my brightly colored baskets and helps so much with classroom management during circle time.”
Another idea for coordinated floor seating is using a long line of tape so that students are directed where to sit. Simple Kidman shows their idea below for their Children’s Ministry seating so that it is not chaotic and the floor tape lasts.
X Marks the Spot & Lining Up – Do you constantly have issues with students interrupting small group time or disrupting the class to ask questions immediately? Well so did this 2nd Grade Teacher from Soaring Sandy. Below are a few ideas. One is her X Marks the spot, where she has rules for her X. They consist of one kid at a time on the X, no talking or flaling arms while on the X, and that you must have an acceptable reason to be on the X (referencing your animals or something you did yesterday is not one of them). In addition, she has now mastered “lining up” in her classroom. AND in a straight line too – with the help of floor tape.
We love to see teachers getting creative! How do you use Floor Tape in your classroom?