A Guide To Rubber Stamps For Teachers And Schools

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Rubber stamps are a great tool for teachers and their students, bringing a bit of fun to classrooms and helping teachers engage kids efficiently.

There are lots of different types of rubber stamps and it’s important to pick the right one when customising your own, so this article will help you pick a great idea for a custom rubber stamp for you and your students. It will then guide you to exactly the right type of stamp for your needs.  

When you’re ready, you can browse all of our custom stamp types here or our custom teacher stamps here.

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What teachers can use rubber stamps for

Marking Assignments

Use rubber stamps to quickly mark student work as checked, incomplete, or outstanding.

Grading

Use different stamps to denote grades. This not only makes grading faster but also adds a fun element to the process.

Providing Feedback

You can use stamps that have comments like "Great work", "Needs Improvement", "Excellent!", "Revise and Resubmit", and more.

Recognizing Attendance

Use a stamp to mark student attendance in a register or on a classroom chart.

Rewarding Behaviour

Use rubber stamps as a part of a reward system in the classroom. You could have stamps with phrases like "Super Star", "Great Helper", "Team Player" and so on.

Teaching Aids

Use stamps that represent different shapes, letters, numbers, or punctuation to help teach students these concepts.

Tracking Participation

You can use stamps to keep track of student participation in class discussions or group activities.

Labelling Personal Belongings

Stamps can be used to label student workbooks, folders, or other personal belongings.

Teaching Languages

Use stamps to illustrate verb tenses, sentence structures, or other language learning points.

 

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Organisation

Stamps can be used to categorise and organise your paperwork, such as marking documents that are "Confidential", "For Review", "Copy", etc.

Encouraging Reading

Use stamps to keep track of books read in a reading challenge.

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Parent Communication

Use stamps on notes or newsletters going home to parents. Messages could include "Important", "Meeting Reminder", "Permission Slip Needed", etc.

Acknowledging Milestones

Use stamps to acknowledge students' milestones and achievements, such as "100 Days of School", "Met Reading Goal", "Mastered Multiplication", etc.

Highlighting Health Measures

In a post-Covid world, stamps reminding of wearing masks, washing hands or maintaining social distance can be useful.

Checking Homework

Use a special stamp to mark completed homework.

 

Why use a rubber stamp?

All of the things you do in the course of your work can be done in other ways, sometimes by the stroke of a pen, so why use a rubber stamp?

Efficiency

Stamps can significantly speed up the process of marking assignments and providing feedback, saving teachers valuable time.

Consistency

Stamps provide a consistent way to deliver messages, which helps students understand and accept feedback better.

Motivation

Stamps with positive messages can be an effective tool for motivating students, encouraging positive behaviour, and reinforcing good academic performance.

Engagement

The use of colourful and fun stamps can help increase student engagement and interest in their work.

Communication

Stamps can serve as a simple and effective communication tool, allowing teachers to send clear, concise messages to students, parents, or other staff members.

Organisation

Stamps can also help teachers keep paperwork organised, such as marking certain documents for review, or categorising resources.

Versatility

Rubber stamps are extremely versatile. They can be customised to suit a wide variety of educational purposes, making them an invaluable tool in any classroom setting.

Cost-Effective

Once purchased, a good quality rubber stamp can be used repeatedly over a long period, making it a cost-effective solution.

Teaching Aid

Stamps can also serve as teaching aids, helping to teach different shapes, letters, numbers, or words.

Enhances Creativity

Stamps can be used in art and craft projects, fostering creativity in students.

Durability

Rubber stamps are durable and can stand the test of time, even with heavy use.

 

What students can use rubber stamps for

Here are some of the ways in which students at schools might use rubber stamps, categorised into one-off and recurring activities:

One-off uses of rubber stamps

By incorporating rubber stamps into their routine, students can add a touch of fun to their learning process, making it more engaging and enjoyable.

Art Projects

Students can use rubber stamps in a variety of art projects to create patterns, backgrounds, and personalised artwork.

Science Projects

Stamps can be used to label parts of diagrams or to create models in science projects.

School Events

Stamps can be used for creating invitations, posters, or decorations for school events.

Story Telling

Students can use stamps to illustrate their own stories, aiding in their creative writing process.

Maps and Diagrams

Stamps could be used to mark locations on maps or to create and label diagrams in geography or history lessons.

 

Regular and frequent uses of rubber stamps

Homework

Stamps can be used by students to mark their completed homework, creating a sense of accomplishment and encouraging regular completion of assignments.

Personal Organisation

Students can use stamps to organise their notes and binders. For example, stamps can indicate different subjects, important points, or homework assignments.

Peer Review

In classroom activities where students review each other's work, they can use rubber stamps to provide feedback or mark areas of interest.

 

Attendance

Students could use stamps to mark their own attendance on a classroom chart, fostering a sense of responsibility.

Reading Tracking

Students could use stamps to keep a record of the books they've read over the school year.

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Behaviour Chart

Students can use stamps to mark their behaviour charts, reinforcing positive behaviour.

 

Choosing the right type of stamp

So you have your idea, but which stamp type is the best?

 

Type

Self-inking

Size

Custom text 

Custom image

Cost 

Preview

Shiny R 532

Y

3cm

Y

N

C. £18

Shiny HS

Y

1.1cm

N

N

C. £6

Single Deskmate 

Y

2cm

N

N

C. £2.50

Stakz

Y

3.4cm x 1cm

N

N

C. £15

Clixstamper (pen)

Y

7mm

N

N

C. £6

Mini Stamp Sets

Y

9mm

N/A

N

C. £10

Gold star stamps

Y

2cm

N/A

N

C. £6

Stamp trays

Y

1.9cm

N

N

C. £35

Shiny S (text only)

Y

6.9 x 2.3cm

7.3 x 1.3cm 

Y

N/A

C. £30

Shiny Pre-Inked

Y

8.3 x 1.6cm

9.8 x 4.6cm

12.8 x 4.3cm

7.3 x 5cm

Y

Y

C. £73

Traditional rubber stamps

N

Any size up to 

15 x 15cm

Y

Y

From £11 to £80 

Multi-coloured stamps

Y

Up to 4.5 x 1.6cm

Y

Y

From £33

 

Consider the following when deciding which rubber stamp to choose:  

Customisation

Design a stamp that caters to your specific needs or preferences, whether it's a combination of text and images or a specific font style.

Size

Small to medium-sized stamps are ideal for most school-related tasks. Smaller stamps work well for grading papers, adding encouraging words, or marking attendance sheets, while larger stamps can be used for official school logos and teacher signatures.

Material

Select durable materials like self-inking or pre-inked stamps, as they can withstand frequent use and are more convenient for busy educators (and kids!). These stamps eliminate the need for a separate ink pad, ensuring a mess-free and efficient experience.

Ink Type

Water-based inks are suitable for stamping on paper or cardstock for most school-related tasks. Explore our inks and pads.

Efficiency

Consider the frequency and volume of stamping tasks you'll be performing. Self-inking or pre-inked stamps can save time and effort, as they don't require manual re-inking between impressions, making them ideal for marking multiple books/papers.

How many to buy

Stamps Direct offers great discounts for multiple purchases for large quantities of some lines.

 

How to design, upload and order your stamp

When creating a custom stamp with Stamps Direct, choose the type of stamp and the impression size to suit your needs, then upload your text/logos/images via the form on the product page. 

 

Creative stamp ideas for teachers

It’s not always easy to come up with fun, creative ideas for your classroom, so we have created a variety of articles to help you get inspired.

Creative Ideas For Using Customised Rubber Stamps In The Classroom

Read 8 Creative Ideas For Using Customised Rubber Stamps In The Classroom to find out how you can use rubber stamps for the following:

  • Giving praise
  • Marking work
  • Names and belongings
  • Classroom supplies
  • Decorating work
  • Classroom displays
  • Enrich subject matter
  • Create worksheets

Creative art activity ideas for primary school teachers 

Read 11 creative art activity ideas for primary school teachers to see a range of activities that encourage creativity.

By carefully selecting the size, material, design, and ink type, you can choose the ideal rubber stamp for your school-related tasks, enhancing productivity and providing valuable feedback to your students.

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