Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lock Code Tags

Don't get locked out of your locks! Use these lock code tags to keep your locks organized in between lockbox challenges.
Using Lockbox Challenges in my classroom has been a serious game changer. I absolutely love what these challenges offer to my students, but I must admit that the locks threw me a learning curve. I have cursed at my locks a time or two. Trust me, it's not all rainbows and unicorns over here. :-)

Actually, I have been locked out of my locks a few times. It's a pretty bad feeling, especially when it happens late at night on the evening before the big day. My lock-setting skills have definitely improved over time. It really does take concentration and practice. One thing I have learned is that locks need undivided attention. When setting a code, one false move could cost you.

One problem that I faced at first with my locks was an overall lack of organization. In between challenges, I would toss the locks in a box and then forget all the codes. Needless to say, this made it difficult to set the locks for the next challenge.

Well, I rarely make the same mistake twice. That's why I came up with a better system. :-) Now, when I'm finished with a challenge, I spend a few minutes putting a lock code tag on each lock.

Don't get locked out of your locks! Use these lock code tags to keep your locks organized in between lockbox challenges.


These lock code tags are really simple to make and use. Just print them on card stock and punch a hole at the top. I like to keep my tags on a book ring. I just record each lock code on a tag, and then slip the tag onto the shackle before closing. Problem solved!

In case you are wondering about my lock storage box. . .


It's an old, wooden silverware box that I found at a thrift store. I tore out some dividers on the inside and lined it with fabric. Then, I gave the outside a facelift with some spray paint and letter stickers.

Turn an old, wooden silverware box into a box for your locks.

That box makes me smile whenever I see it in my classroom. My students also think it is pretty special. :-)

So, now my locks are nice and organized. The good news is that I haven't been locked out of a lock since I started using this new system!

Would you like some lock code tags to keep your locks organized? You can grab them HERE!




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