Note Card Bleachers
Note Card Bleacher Poem
Made of wood
I think you should
order one or two
You won't believe
This will bring to you
and stylish too
Cards come in white
Green and Blue
There are cards with lines
and Cards with squares
Cards that are blank
And cards for spares
You don't have to be a teacher
To own a note card bleacher
No matter what it is you do
This desk accessory is for you
April 14, 2010
Until I bought this I had cards just stacked up on my desk, now I can see everything and keep track and update as needed no more hunting through a pile to find the card I need.
December 4, 2014
My job requires going in a million directions at once and I can't let anything slip through the cracks. I was fairly organized but this tool has helped me tremendously. High quality product. Everything is easy to see, prioritize and change. I would recommend. Wish I had discovered years ago
September 26, 2014
As a teacher, I am always looking for ways to make my life easier. I use the notecard bleachers for formative assessments. I have 20 cards, each labeled with a students name, and when I notice a student struggling with a skill or concept, I pick their card and jot down a quick note. For example, on Juan's card it says, "using "another" with plural nouns." Ana is putting commas after conjunctions. Maria is having trouble knowing when to use "how much" vs. "how many." William never remembers to start each sentence with a capital letter. Elsa uses very generic adjectives in her writing. When I plan lessons, I review the cards and this information helps me plan what needs to be taught or reviewed. If many students are having the same problem, I do a group lesson. If only one student is struggling, I do a mini-conference with that child and help him or her individually.
With large groups of students, I notice their problems during class, but by the end of the day, I often forget the specifics of who needs what. This system helps me keep track of my observations. After the child has mastered a skill, I check it off so I know I no longer need to focus there.
I have tried other methods of keeping track of daily observations, none of which have really worked. iPads are too slow! By the time I enter my password, pull up an app, and then go to the correct student, the class has become restless! Clip boards with paper force me to shuffle through 20 pages to find that student's name. Putting daily observations in my plan book doesn't work because there is not enough space and I end up writing around margins. It's then almost impossible to find the student-specific info. Using a spiral notebook didn't work because I end up writing too much. One year I tried using large mailing labels, each with a student's name. This was cumbersome and I ended up filling-up pages of student files with mailing label stickers. Last year I tried writing notes on my big desk pad, but it just made my desk look messy. The worst solution I tried was making up a "log" that I filled in at the end of each day. For some reason, I resented filling in a log and felt it wasted time that could have been spent planning great lessons or locating interesting books to read.
The bleacher system is quick, efficient, useful, easy to use, and intuitive. It helps me make sure each child is reaching goals and no one is getting lost in the hectic school day.
September 22, 2014
I get space back!
This is a great product! Until I came across it, my 3x5 cards were scattered everywhere, eating up desk space. Now I'm able to keep things organized and reclaim my precious work space!
July 31, 2014
I've had my eye on this for quite a while, and finally took the plunge. This index card holder is extremely elegant looking, and has cleared my desk and monitors of a myriad of Post-It notes - my former organizational method before I switched to 3 x 5 index cards. I've recently purchased a variety of Levenger cards, and also design and print my own, so I can use these bleachers to organize anything I can think of.
One thing I'd love to see changed/improved is the rear access to the pen and spare card slots. I'd prefer they were set slightly back and raised, to allow the pens and blank cards to peep straight up from behind. As it stands, I'm forced to move the bleachers around for access, which can be awkward, since the bleachers take a fairly sizeable amount of desk real estate.
Also, while the majority of the back of this item is nicely finished, the interior of the pen wells and card slots are not - something to be aware of if the back will be visible, particularly with the dark cherry option. The pen wells, at least, really should be painted/stained.
For wish list items, the dark cherry is rich looking, but doesn't really match either of my desks (it's darker than the medium cherry desk and slightly darker and warmer/redder than the espresso one). It would be great to have more finish options to choose from for Levenger's wood items - a neutral black would be fantastic.
Overall, a very good item.
July 8, 2014
I write and this is a great way to keep tract notes I want to add to my stories. I use it daily.
It's pricey, but worth it.
June 19, 2014
This is a gorgeous addition to any desk. Offers organization as well as elegance.
May 3, 2014
Great idea and beautiful organization piece
I've just started using this product and already I am loving the increased sense of organization it brings to my day. No more messy "to do" lists! Each task is organized by level and there's plenty of room for notes about each task on the 3x5 cards I've stacked there. Several colleagues have noticed this beautiful piece in my office and I suspect you'll get a few more orders in the next couple of months ....!
February 16, 2014
Excellent for LEAN management
If you are a LEAN practitioner, especially just starting out, these bleachers are an excellent way to visually display projects and status. I use the 3x5 cards from Levenger to display each of my department's projects, and weekly we discuss and add progress notes for each one. The bleachers are in an open space where all can view our projects. Colored pens and extra cards are in the back in the handy slots provided. A must-have to keep things visual!
November 30, 2013