Tutorial: Creating Custom Desk Plates on Teach Starter


Written by Scott (Teach Starter)

We have just finished rolling out some new updates to how you can customise our desk plates. This has been a popular request over the past few months, and we are very pleased with how the new desk plates have come together.

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The new desk plates come in a variety of designs and use common Australian, UK and US school fonts. They include the alphabet, school font lines, a number line, and a space for a student’s name.

Getting Started

To get started, simply select a style from our range of vibrant desk plate designs – there’s over 40 styles to choose from!

Next, you will see that there are three new options to modify how your desk plate will look. These options include:

  • School Font – the type of font that will be used for the alphabet, number line and your students’ names.
  • Font Lines – the type of font lines that will display behind your letters.
  • Number Line – The range of numbers running along the bottom of the desk plate.
  • Alphabet Pictures – Whether you would like pictures above and below the alphabet letters (i.e. a picture of an apple above the ‘Aa’)
Custom Desk Plates Example

Choose your settings…

Once you are happy with your settings, simply click download to see the result!

Adding Your Students’ Names

This is where our desk plates can really save you time!

While on the desk plate resource page, click the blue ‘customise’ button.

A range of new options will appear.

More Desk Plate Options...

Add your students’ names…

You can now select one of your ready made word lists to populate the desk plates, or simply type in a comma separated list of names you would like to use on the desk plates.

Once done, click download.

You will see that each desk plate now contains a word from your list. Print, cut and laminate and you’re done. Easy!

The finished product!


As easy as 1... 2... 3!

As easy as 1… 2… 3!

I hope that this brief tutorial will help save you time setting up your classroom, while also helping your students by providing them with a quick number and letter reference on their desk.

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