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.
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.
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!
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