Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Made it/Made 4 Math Monday- Repurposed desk calendar & note set

Today I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It and @druinok for Made 4 Math Monday.  I am excited to see what everyone has been busy creating.

Years ago my mom (make that Santa) gave me a Susan Winget Desk Calendar and Note Set made by Lang.  On top there was a calendar.  I don't even remember if it was daily, weekly, or monthly.  It's been that long.  Well, being the packrat thoughtful saver that I am, I never threw it out because I had lots of notes left in it.  This has set next to the phone in our kitchen for the last 6 yrs it appears (saw the copyright date on the set was 2006 which means I used it for 2007, which means it's been sitting around since circa 2008).

Last summer when I purchased my Martha Stewart chalkboard paint I had visions of painting the top of this black (it was white after the calendar was taken off, sorry I don't have a before shot, I was too eager to start painting).  Instead it sat near the phone waiting for me to repurpose it so it could join me back in my classroom.

This was the quickest and easiest project ever.  I did maybe 4-5 coats of the paint, making sure to let it dry completely between coats. The directions say one hour between coats, I may have been a bit more impatient than that.  This morning I "conditioned" it with a piece of sidewalk chalk I found buried under various bikes and LAX sticks in the garage.  It's not like I have any nice clean pieces of chalk laying around.  I'm happy to tell you the chalk served the purpose.

After a few coats of chalk (which I wiped off with an old dishtowel) I used the chalk markers to free hand my design (as you can tell LOL).  This one was easy peasy lemon squeezy.  I urge you to try out chalk markers for yourself.  They are so fun.  I ordered mine on Amazon last year.  I have used them on my chalkboard and windows at school and they clean of nicely. Not sure how this will come off the chalkboard paint, but if I decide to change it I'll let you know how it worked.

Finished product.  LOVE it!

I used a foam brush, paper plate, and the chalkboard paint and markers

Here's my random chalk I used to condition it with chalk

After wiping the chalk off

It's true, I do <3 math!

Can't wait to bring this baby back to my classroom


  1. Sherrie- How do you check group work to see that students are mastering the material?

  2. Sorry, that above question was mine. (This is Jennifer from SC. We did a hangout with you in April). Our 6th gr is getting ready to implement workshop with Carnegie this year. My question is how are you checking their work during work time so you know if your students are mastering the work. Entrance slips? Quizzes? Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      During worktime I am constantly walking around and checking in with groups. I don't check every single problem with every single group, but make sure I get a general feel for which groups are mastering the material and which are struggling. I will spend more time with the struggling groups to help them along.

      I do entrance/exit slips all the time. I will typically assign homework and then have the students complete the entrance slip the next morning as part of the opener. I use the slips to groups students for small group mini lessons (which tend to work best on MATHia days because everyone is working independently while I pull the groups).

      This summer I'm really going to focus on creating a plan for conferring with my students. Thats an area of workshop I definitely need to improve on!

      Hope your planning is going well.


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