Tried It Tuesday - Completed Together in Class Stamp

This post will be short and sweet. We all have those assignments that we don't want to check. Whether it was something that was done together in class or it was busywork or whatever, actually sitting down to check it is the last thing that you have in mind.

This happens to me a lot in social studies. Since my students range from IEP to ELP/TAG kids, we do a lot of group work that we later go through as a whole class. Often times it will be packets with various activities and foldables. I want to collect it to make sure that it was done and give it a score, but I only glance through it to see if everything was completed. I don't check every single blank and answer. I wanted to mark it somehow so parents would know that I looked at it and everything SHOULD be right, but we all know that students don't always pay attention when it comes to checking their own work. So before I hand it back, I stamp it with this stamp that I found from Really Good Stuff:
This stamp has two purposes. One, if a student only has and assignment half done and gets a score of 20/40, the parent will know that we did it together and there's really no excuse why the student shouldn't have a perfect score. This, of course, assumes that the student takes bad papers home ;) Two, if a parent actually goes through an assignment and wonders why something wasn't marked wrong, then I can restate that the assignment was done together and their student must not have been listening when we checked it. Either way, it takes the heat off of me.


  1. Love the stamp! Where did you get it? I just use the old "check" system but I'd love this! Thanks for sharing!


  2. I love your stamp and how you use it! I need to get a stamp like that - did you order it or find it?

  3. I have it too...came in very useful when I taught K! I've worn out the ink...I have to reink it.

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  4. I like it! Pinned for future reference :D

  5. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, Diane.
    I'm off to check out ReallyGoodStuff - I must have it! :)

    Joy in the Journey

  6. Oh goodness! Something else to add to my cart at RGS :). What a smart idea!
    Fun in Room 4B

  7. I have one, but this is way cuter! Already have to order my nametags, so I'll add it to my cart! :O) Thanks Diane!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  8. Love that! I should add to my must have list. LOL

    Hodges Herald

  9. Cute and simple. I love stamps, but I haven't gotten any yet.

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  10. Great idea! It's just not possible or practical to grade e v e r y t h i n g... :)
    Desktop Learning Adventures

  11. This is awesome! I NEED one of these. Social studies and science are almost always done or checked together in my room too and then I collect unit packets at the conclusion of the unit for some type of "grade". I also don't check every single blank but do quick checks to see if they actually completed it and have the correct answers for the most part.

    I had a sub last week that was writing "DT" at the top of a bunch of students' papers and I asked the students what that was. They said, "Done together!". Duh! Other teachers must use that all the time because they knew what it meant immediately. I need to either write "DT" or buy that stamp (I would rather have the cute stamp!). Thanks so much for sharing this great, quick idea!
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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