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Teacher Organization: Using Student Numbers in the Classroom

Updated 10/22/2020
Tips for organizing your classroom with labels and free printable templates

It's already that time of year, time to send the children back to school and for teachers to setup their classrooms. As a teacher, my goal every year is to be more organized than the last – I've found it makes my classroom more calm.

So how do I do it? Student numbers, I live by them in my classroom. Giving each student a number makes everything more organized and stress free, and it creates fast transitions.

About Student Numbers

Pencil jar with label flags so they don't disappear

Assigning each student a number teaches numeracy, responsibility, and problem-solving. They're a game-changer when teaching students how to line up on the first day of school, keeping pencils from literally walking away, and more.


Student numbers can be used for a variety of things within the classroom. With circular labels from, I was able to create a variety of numbered designs to use throughout the school year.

Here are a few ways I will be using them with my students! The photos below showcase my student book baskets, school supplies labels, cubbie stickers, and random student selectors.

Tip: Click on the image below to view examples.


Some of the supplies needed to create numbered pencils and other classroom organizers

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Free printable sticker sheets included with this tutorial

Click on the links below to download the printables used in this tutorial for free. You can even customize the colors, numbers, sizes, and more in Maestro Label Designer.

School/Classroom Materials

  • School supplies, Target
  • 9-Cube Organizer, Home Depot
  • Blue and Green Bins, Dollar Tree
  • Pencil Sharpener, Classroom Friendly Supplies

How To Number Classroom Pencils

Step 1

Print your labels and gather your materials.

Step 2

Step 2: Adding a numbered flag to Number 2 pencils

Grab a pencil and center the label right underneath the eraser.

Step 3

Wrap the label around the pencil making sure the ends match up nicely. Gently press the ends together.

Step 4

Step 4: Adding a numbered flag to Number 2 pencils

Cut a small triangle out from the end of the label to obtain the flag look, or leave it as-is for a nice polished end.

You now have a stylish and fun way to add student numbers to your classroom, for everything from bins to pencils! Let us know how you implemented numbers within your classroom by adding a photo to our Customer Ideas gallery. Enjoy!

Looking for more classroom-inspired support? Check out the following blogs: folder/planner labels, contact info magnets, and pencil holder.

We've also collected dozens of free back to school label templates!

Clip art by Digital Dollface.

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