Not Permanent but Perfect – a Post-It®

PostItPadsI LOVE a Post-It®.  I never leave home without a pad of  them in my purse or computer bag. You’ll find them on my desk at work and at home.  They’ve become a valuable tool for marking up materials that I’m presenting in a workshop, noting important ideas from another workshop or book, or when I’m looking for new activities in books. magazines, online, or just watching television.

So, I was just thinking about another idea we had when I was working with teachers and putting together a workshop for the Common Core State Standards – printing on a Post-It®!  We wanted teachers to see the vertical progression of the objectives in each of the standards.  Printing each objective on a Post-It® gave groups of teachers the opportunity to order and re-order them easily.  It worked!  How do you do it?  The YouTube Channel, SecretsofTeaching ( has a quick 1 minute how-to video.

Ideas for using a printed Post-It®

  1. Print student names and pictures on a Post-It® for
    1. Seating charts – easy to rearrange and for a substitute.
    2. Make group assignments or choosing partners.
  2. Print historical or fictional figures for a matching activity on a bulletin board.
  3. Print a sequence of events and have students place them on a timeline.
  4. Make Post-It® Note signs and messages – quick and easy to display/change, once the letters are printed.
  5. Start an in-class Twitter Board – Have students “tweet”  thoughts/ideas/questions on a TwittterPost-itpost-it and stick it on the board at the end of class or during an activity! Print post-its® with 140 blanks for this activity! Students will need to learn how to say what they are thinking in 140 characters or less!

Post-it® Templates –

Use Post-it®s with these activities for all grades and subjects

Progress Folder

Here are some other ideas I’ve used in my classroom and thanks to teachers on the web for photos of their creative classroom activities.

  1. Document student progress – pick a color to indicate a mastery level (i.e. yellow – Demonstrates understanding and can apply knowledge, pink – Demonstrates understanding, or blue –  Demonstrates limited understanding)  place it in the student’s box on the chart, noting important information that documents the achievement like a test score, project completed, take a photo and print a post-it with their completed art work or assignment, etc.  Glue a chart inside a file folder for each unit.  Grab students’ post-its later to make a folder for parent conferences.  Download the Word document for this chart:   Progress template
  2. If a student finishes early, have the student pick an activity on a post-it® from a board of activities –
  3. Exit Ticket Chart- and
    1. Math – give students an “answer” to a problem and have them write an equation with a solution of that “answer.”
    2. Any class – have  students complete a post-it® with what “stuck with them” and place it on the “exit slip board” as they leave class.
    3. Language Arts – Have students write a sentence and label each word with its part of speech.
  4. Have students make a prediction – place their prediction in a specific place in the classroom, on a poster or bulletin board, in a file folder to make it easy to take home and organize, etc.
  5. Use a gallery walk to view ideas, pictures, and/or problems and have students put their ideas on a post-it® below each “station.”

Please share your Post-It® ideas for the classroom.

For even more ideas, visit the Post-it® Activity Center at


About napmath

I recently retired from full-time teaching. I taught students in High School math classes from Basic Math through AP Calculus. I have been into integrating technology into my classes since 1981. I am Nationally Board Certified, am the proud recipient of a Presidential Award of Excellence in Math Teaching, text book author, Golden Apple Scholar, Certified SMART Board Trainer, Regional Technology Teacher of the Year, and give workshops across the country - geometry, Common Core, mathematics, Interactive Whiteboards, and technology. I am currently working as an adjunct faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University and authoring books for SMART Boards and Promethean Boards with Vision Technology.
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One Response to Not Permanent but Perfect – a Post-It®

  1. napmath says:

    Check out this site for another resource for printing on post-its!

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