I found these $1 frames at Ikea and right away I had an idea on how to use them. At the beginning of the school year, it’s difficult for kids to remember routines and procedures. So I try to give them as many non-verbal clues as I can. So I thought that these light weight frames could go on the middle of each table to remind my kids what they need to be prepared. Since the station name is the same, I had my kids decorate them. But I can write directly on the frame with whiteboard or vis-a-vis markers and then I can add any additional notes. I asked for volunteers to be my station inspectors to help set up each station, as well as clean up the station and also be available to ask procedural questions from other kids. It has really helped with setting up stations and giving kids ownership helps with their motivation and productivity. It has also reduced my work load a bit, which is great! So far so good (we have been using them for about three weeks).
The first picture is when I just inserted color coded paper (blue-quiet zone, green —
less quiet partner zone) between and then I wrote on each frame, but I thought it would be better and more permanent if I printed out labels and then just wrote notes on them.