As a new school year starts, many children resume their studies with brand new supplies bearing name labels. It wouldn’t be an unfair generalization to state that most children have a propensity for being careless with their things. Through years of misplaced and forever lost items, you can say that parents have learned—the hard and expensive way—how necessary it is to use school name labels.
Then again, children aren’t the only ones who are prone to losing their things; adults are, too—especially when they let children handle their things. For this reason, school name labels provide a lot of use for teachers, too. How exactly can teachers use name labels and how can they have theirs customised to serve very specific purposes?
- For items that could stray outside the classroom – If you’re a teacher, you know that your things have a way of venturing outside your classroom. Other teachers may borrow your charts or videos. Kids may thoughtlessly stick your things inside their school bags. You may get kids to take them out of the classroom for outdoor activities. These are just some of the possibilities. Now, you may be inclined to stick a regular label bearing your given name on your things, but little kids, parents, or even school employees would likely assume that Amanda Scott is a student. It may take some time before they realise that she’s Ms. Scott, the teacher. For this reason, it pays to sit down and think of the most fitting details to include in your name label. Do you include the school’s name and your classroom location? Do you put the specific class you teach? Do you put a specific message like “This belongs in Ms. Scott’s classroom”?
- For sorting according to subject – You could colour-code your things using name labels. This will help you be better organised, as well as allow your students to identify which items are used for which subjects. The labels would all bear the same information, but would be in different colours. For instance, you could use yellow for Maths, red for Science, etc.
- For sorting out tables, pegs, cubbies, etc. – You can order a bunch of “Ms. Scott’s Class:” with some space to write your student’s name on. For younger pupils, you may want to make it extra sweet by putting “Ms. Scott *heart* …” The kids will appreciate the sentiment.
- For fieldtrips – Whether you hang tags around your students’ necks or pin them on shirts, it’s better to just have the label state the school name, “Ms. Scott’s class”, and perhaps a phone number. It could be dangerous flashing a child’s name out in public.
- For letting students know who you are – In case it’s the first day of school or you have a new student join your class, all those name labels around them are good for reminding children what your name is.
Now, you may think that you can simply print these labels using your printer and ordinary sticker paper, but you want something more durable—water-resistant and tear-resistant at the very least. To avoid the hassle of replacing labels over and over again and the eye sore of faded, dog-eared, or torn ones, make sure you invest in high quality name labels.