This tip is probably better suited for the beginning of the year but I'm going to share it with you now anyways. My short term memory is pretty much non-exsistent and so when it comes to remembering things during the day I need all the help I can get.
This year I have 26 kiddos and being able to run through a list of them at the beginning of the year to see who didn't line up at recess wasn't going to happen from memory. I saw our dear kindergarten aide carrying around a big piece of paper with her all the time of the kiddos names and I thought to myself, there's got to be something better and easier than this.
Here comes my great idea...a label on the back of my ID badge with all my student's names! I always have my badge, it's the key to my school and holds the key to my classroom. Putting a label on the back is the perfect way for me to know who I have and who I am missing at all times. Not only is this great for recess time but fire drills as well. It is much quicker than grabbing their attendance cards and I will never forget it.
Hopefully some of you are already doing this and if so, why haven't you shared your brilliant idea with me yet?!