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Putting student barcodes on paint sticks?
Old 08-14-2015, 05:09 PM
 
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Has anyone put student barcodes on paint sticks so they can be used as a shelf marker and check out tool as seen on Pinterest? I am very curious if it works. Initially there would be an investment of time to do this per class, but could be so helpful for me and my subs. I would appreciate hearing about your experience.


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I've thought about doing this for the younger kids to instill shelf marker habits, but I'm not sure yet. I was thinking of K-2 this year as a trial, and seeing how it works.

Currently we print out barcodes by class and keep a binder of each page by day/class in order of the library schedule. We put barcodes on index cards for kindergarten and put the card in a card pocket of the book they check out each week. If I did the paint stick thing, I'd probably still keep the binder in case a stick is lost/damaged.
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I only have K-2
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Still mulling this over ,it would be easier to have them use their stick which I do anyway. This would just be a little labor intensive up front and then each year just having to do the incoming Kindergarten would be a breeze. No more searching the class list for the right student. No stick,no checkout. Now to go and find paint sticks for cheap. I am currently using another "stick" style, having them all the same would be easier for each year.
Thanks for responding,I was beginning to doubt that anyone ever reads this board.
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Interested to hear if you went with the paint sticks! I teach pk-5, but only half the classes and am in the process of setting these up. Would love to hear how it's gone for you!
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Love Barcoded Shelf Markers
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You're correct. There is some investment of time at the beginning, but it is so worth it. Not only do students use them when they're browsing for books, I use them to call on students and set up groups for cooperative work. My original plan was to let students take them when they left elementary for middle school. I decided against that and recycled them instead, for kindergartners and new students. Duct tape, washi tape, and scrapbook paper individualizes the sticks. You could either see if students could decorate the sticks in art class or have a Makerspace in the library.

I've used them for 3 years.


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I do have students use regular shelf markers, but no barcodes...they have an ID# that they use for everything (meals, testing, etc) and they tell me that and I type it in and then checkout. Even the first graders know their number.
When I was in the middle school library, I had a separate keypad for the student to type their number in, then checkout.
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ID # in library
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My first thru fifth graders are required to know their 6 digit number. They use it for everything including lunch and the library. It takes a while for the first grade to get theirs down, but they are so proud when they learn it. They type their number in to the computer using a key pad. Their name pops up, and I check out the book. (This is Horizon, by the way) they love this cause they like to see how fast they can do it on the pad. I don't make a big deal about not knowing your number at all...even with fifth graders. I have all the numbers in a notebook and I either tell them or type it in myself if they forget. I give the first grade teachers cards with their students' names and numbers at the beginning of the year so the kids can practice.
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Paint sticks are great!!!
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I haven't been back to ProTeacher since I made the move to put all student barcodes on a paint stick. Wish I had seen this idea years ago!! It was a small investment of time in the beginning but this fall , all I need to do is generate the incoming Kindergarten barcodes and apply them over the outgoing 2nd grader sticks. This worked especially well when a student moved to a different classroom and it helped me to notice who had not checked out as well. Students got used to using their stick to hold their place on a shelf while browsing too.
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