I'm Done Jar- TBA's most popular post!

This was the first author post on TBA one year ago, and it's still the most popular post on TBA every week. This is also probably the most pinned photo for teachers on Pinterest. :)

Hi Everyone! I'm Hadar of Miss Kindergarten and I'm so excited to share this classroom management idea with you!

First off, Spring Break is the best invention in the whole world! I absolutely love having time to make things and then share them with you guys! So here is the "I'm Done" jar that was inspired by the "I'm Bored" jar Brittany at My Decoupaged Life posted about...

Since the students in my class are never bored ;) I changed the phrasing to "I'm Done" instead. Then I wrote some activities on a popsicle stick and added a picture on the back for my friends who need a little more help reading. I glued the gems on the top just for fun.

Normally, during whole group lessons, I have students who just "get it" and finish their work waaay before some other students even understand what they are supposed to do! Usually, I just tell those students to go look at a book. But I think this jar will be more fun, will help them be more creative and will give them a chance to figure out what to do without even asking the teacher! You can set up the rules any way you would like, but I'm going to tell my students that it is a random pick; they get what they get and they don't throw a fit! One day they might get to color, and the next day they might get to read.

Home educators could also use this idea when one child completes his assignments and is waiting on a sibling to finish or waiting on his parent for the next assignment. This helps avoid wasted school time.

Hopefully once I teach this to my students it will eliminate a lot of "TEACHER, TEACHER, TEACHER, I'M DONE, I'M DONE, I'M DONE" that drives me absolutely nuts!!!!!! 

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  1. This is a great idea!


  2. What a wonderful idea! I can even use that idea with my kids when we homeschool. I have one child who is always finishing quicker than the other, and I do not like wasted school time. This will provide him with plenty of options instead of asking me what he can do.


  3. You know I love it!!!!!

  4. This is a great idea! Glad I have tomorrow to put it all together. Thanks! :)


  5. Oooh! I am SO going shopping tomorrow to get the things I need for this! Thanks for sharing!
    Primary Inspired

  6. Thank you for sharing this. I can totally see my students loving this.


  7. Love!!! Great idea!!!


  8. Ugh! I just noticed this post. It would have helped with last years kids. At least now I can prep for my new kiddos. Thanks for the great idea!

  9. Hi there, I just found this awesome idea from Pinterest! I am currently a stay at home mom, but I have my early childhood education degree, just do not have any jobs available. But I am enjoying my baby at home, so I am not really ready to get into it yet. So with that being said, I am compiling tons of teaching ideas onto a board on my Pinterest account for future reference. This is a definite must in my classroom one day. It would have been perfect in my student teaching classroom, that "What do I do when I am done?" or "I am done, what can I do now?" stuff drove me nuts too!! :)


  10. Perfect, perfect, PERFECT! I have a few students this year that always finish early and I always tell them to go read a book but this is absolutely wonderful! I am going to come up with some idea and implement this on Monday! The kids will be so excited to start something new. Every week I introduce something new to them (we've only been in school 2 weeks) and they've been eating it up.


  11. That's a really cute idea. I can't use it because I do something different (hmmm...I think I'm going to blog about what I do! Great topic!), but I know this is something I see some teachers struggle with.

  12. I have the jar and the sticks, now just need the time to make it! I might send this home to a parent willing to help out at home!

    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  13. LOOOOOVE this idea. I'm a T.A. right now and I can't even tell you how many times I've heard "what do we do when we're done?" in the last 4 days!!!! Awesome idea!!!

  14. Great idea for at home too ~ especially when TV is off limits :D


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