This year I’m using more centers and cooperative groups than ever before and quickly realized I needed a new management system. I had previously used a typed sheet of paper with color-coded groups. It was too small for students to see from across the room and took me time to retype and print a new group list each week. Thus, my Knight Board was born! It matches our school mascot and the fairytale themed clip art is just too cute.
|velcro and ribbon… so easy!|
Now I have colored groups across the top for reading (red group, green group, orange group, blue group). I can also pull all of my knights, princesses, dragons, or swords as a group. The names are printed in three different colors, so I can also pull the red, blue, or green students that way. For smaller groups of four, I can pull students across the board.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret though and this is the best part for me… I use the clip art and font colors to “code” my students so I can quickly group them for different mixed-ability purposes. I know to mix up the clip art and font colors for mixed-ability, mixed-temperment groups. I literally shuffle the stack and randomly assign students to create balanced groups. I can also allow for student choice by telling students they need partner up a dragon with a knight, etc.
To attach them to the wall, I stapled strips of wide ribbon straight down the wall. Then I attached Velcro to the ribbon and the tags so I can easily rearrange them as needed.
If you’re another Knight school or just like the fairytale tags, you can grab a free copy here for desk nameplates or a group wall like mine.