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If you use name plates, What do you use to secure them to your student's desk or tables?

How long does it usually last? Do you replace nameplates after they have come off?


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I have used EVERYTHING to keep them down.
Masking tape
Packing tape
Ticky Tack (the blue stuff)
Hot Glue

I think the packing tape works the best. I just put two loops behind the name plate (if it is on top they tend to pick at it more). It lasts as long as the child lets it. Some kids it will last all year long, others one month.

This year I am printing off simple name plates with zebras on them to start the year. After a month or so I will be switching them out for the big ones from Teacher Created Materials. They have the alphabet, hundred chart and a ruler. They really don't need all of that from the very beginning and it will give me a chance to teach them to take care of their things.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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We use library book tape. It is super sticky and very thick. It's not cheap but it will last all year, except for that child that just has to pick at it all day long. It comes in a variety of widths so you need to know the size of your nametag before you order.
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I use contact paper. It's just about as wide as my name plates. I start the school year out with one, and then it needs to be replaced at second semester. I do have to remind the kids to stop picking at them. Some of them look pretty shabby by mid January so in the mean time I will repair them, but I won't replace them until it's my usual time.
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I use Scotch Strapping Tape. It's my best friend in the beginning of the year!! It looks just like packing tape, but it sticks to itself on both sides, so it holds better. I get it from Walgreens.

I laminate the name plates, then roll this tape and put it under each end. Those things don't budge until I pull them off! I use it to hang laminated posters, also.


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I laminate the name plates. Then I put Scotch packing tape completely over them. It takes 2 strips to be wide enough so I go through a lot of tape initially, however, it lasts all year for most of the class. And because they are laminated, if I need to change them, the tape pulls off pretty easily and I just put on new tape. The best is at the end of the year when I pull them off there isn't much sticky residue.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:41 AM
 
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I use regular clear tape and teach the students not to mess with them.

Sometimes I create awards like:
you've been caught with the cleanest name tag
wow look how neat, your name tag is still at your seat
and leave a little thank you note and a pencil.

And I don't do this every day or week so students don't know when to expect a prize. It works for 99% of the kids.
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Last year I bought the velcro dots/squares (1 in. or 1/2 inch I think) at Lake Shore Learning and they worked great for the name tags! The kids hardly even noticed them, no picking at the corners of the tape etc. I just laminated the name tags, and stuck the stickers to the two top corners and wha-lah! Mid-year I always change up to more advanced name plates and it was easy to exchange the nameplates out/in. At year end I had the kids pick the velcro stickers right off their desks- perfecto! I also have a name tag contest all year- I have a enticing looking gift bag sitting a top one of my cabinets labeled "Name Tag Prize" and at our Christmas party and at our Last Day of School I pick one (or 2) people with the most NOT destroyed nametag to get a prize. I hardly ever mention it, unless I see someone in active destroying mode- the kids see the gift bag and remind each other...
(I never tell the kids what is in the bag, I tell them to ask the 2nd graders... its usually a stuffed animal from the $1 store or a book bag I got for free or something totally awesome for them!--after the Christmas party winner- many more people try hard to keep their name tag pristine)
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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I laminate mine and use masking tape (two rolled pieces underneath) to hold them on for a few months. I think that fact that they wiggle a little keeps them from being picked at. Then when they don't have to look at them all the time, I add magnets to the back and stick them to the front of the desk.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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I have purchased nameplate sleeves at my local teacher supply store. They have a sticky back and you can take the name plate out and move it. Great for having to move a student, but not have to rip up that name plate. I think I've also seen them on really good stuff.


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I use sleeves as well. Lakeshore has them at their store and they come off easily without sticky residue at the end of the year. Our students are also required to wear nametags and they slide them into the sleeve at the end of the day so they don't get lost.
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I use the pocket sleeves from Lakeshore Learning also. These are great, and I only need to use one for the whole year! I often leave the flap up, so that if I want to move a student at the beginning of the year, I still can. Around November, I peel & stick the flaps down, so the desks are theirs for the rest of the year.
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Old 07-13-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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I also laminate them and use heavy Scotch Packing Tape. It takes 2 strips and lasts all year! I have found that it depends on how humind your room gets though.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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I bought velcro dots from Wal-Mart. It works really well. It makes it really easy when you change students around, just pull away and move to another placeBe aware though - I had more trouble than the above poster getting the dots off of the desks. I pried mine off with a putty knife and used goo gone to get the adhesive off.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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I use extra wide packing tape and tape nametags w/o names down. Then I write their name on top of the tape so that if I decide to move kids around I can just wipe the name off with acetone polish remover and write the new name in its place. Saves me a lot of heartache trying to remove them without damaging them.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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I laminate them and use mavalus tape. I love mavalus tape!

http://www.mavalus.com/
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I laminate them and
Old 07-13-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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use 6 of the Scotch foam mounting squares on the back. They last all year long. Our building has desks, so I put nametags on the front instead of on the tops of desks so the students don't pick at them.
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Old 07-13-2011, 05:13 PM
 
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I dont use name plates...did when I first started teaching! I found they get nasty and a waste. I let students decorate a name plate on the first day with directions I give them. These stand up and I get to know their names. They take these home at the end of the wee. I use tables for 1st graders and they are just in the way!
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What directions do you give for making a name plate? It sounds interesting.
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I also use clear contact paper. It does not leave the desk sticky like the tape when you take them off! I love it!
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This worked out great this year
Old 07-13-2011, 06:54 PM
 
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I laminated the name plates and secured them to the table places with velcro dots. When an "emergency" seat change was required, it was simple peel and stick. Most of them held up all year. Good luck!
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:19 AM
 
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I use colored sentence strips and packing tape. I have a discussion about keeping things nice and neat and then I periodically praise how nice they look. I remind students, on a need basis, about not writing on them or picking at them. Mine last for the entire school year.
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Old 07-14-2011, 08:18 AM
 
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I do not assign seats--no desks, just tables. So, I use smaller cubbie tags with just their first names and they are mounted inside the cubbies with velcro. Then I give them a regular name tag with their first and last name to keep in their cubbie for them to use anytime they need it. The regular tag also has a number line 1-20 on it. I did this with my Kinders and will do it again with my First Graders this year. Since I am looping with last year's class, I kept theirs from last year and they are in great shape!
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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I use velcro dots. We have tables and it makes it easy to move seats and cleaning up is great.
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Old 07-17-2011, 06:32 AM
 
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I laminate my tags and then tape them to desks with clear electrical tape. I just go around the edges. It lasts all year for most kids. Also, it comes off with no glue mess.
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:32 PM
 
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This year I bought name plate sleeves. I have used packing tape in the past, but last year I spent an entire day trying to remove tape from all the desks. What a waste of my time! I'm sure it was just bad tape but I do mot want to ever have to do that again.
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