The Power of Sticky Notes

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Episode 66 of The Teaching Space Podcast explores the power of sticky notes!

Why Sticky Notes?

My favourite non-digital teaching tool is, without a doubt, the humble sticky note. Despite running a mostly paperless classroom, I seem to be able to find a phenomenal number of uses for these magical squares of stationery goodness. In fact, I love them so much, I thought they deserved a dedicated podcast episode.

Incidentally, I will probably use the terms “sticky note” and “post-it note” interchangeably in this episode - please know they mean the same thing.

A Little History

According to the How Stuff Works website:

“A Post-it note is a small piece of paper with a strip of low-tack adhesive on the back that allows it to be temporarily attached to documents, walls, computer monitors, and just about anything else. The idea for the Post-it note was conceived in 1974 by Arthur Fry as a way of holding bookmarks in his hymnal while singing in the church choir. He was aware of an adhesive accidentally developed in 1968 by fellow 3M employee Spencer Silver. No application for the lightly sticky stuff was apparent until Fry's idea. The 3M company was initially skeptical about the product's profitability, but in 1980, the product was introduced around the world. Today, Post-it notes are sold in more than 100 countries.”

Seven Ways to Use Paper Sticky Notes

  1. Idea generation/gathering
  2. Plenary/reflection: for example, one thing you have learned from today’s lesson
  3. Who am I? game/ice breaker
  4. Build graphs
  5. Assignment planning: for example, to help learners structure their writing.
  6. Marking up books
  7. RAG (red, amber, green) rating: for example, learners could indicate whether then need more help with a topic.

More ideas from Post-it here.

Five Digital Alternatives to Sticky Notes

  1. Google Jamboard
  2. Answergarden
  3. Padlet
  4. Stormboard
  5. Pinup

Bonus: Post-it scanning app

Wrap Up

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Thanks for listening and I hope you’ll join me for the next episode.