Monday, August 20, 2012

must haves monday

I'm linking up with my friends at Blog Hoppin' to share my ABSOLUTE classroom must-haves...{a.k.a. my favorite "teacher things"}:

1.  Nice lighting.  I hope that isn't weird, but I'm serious!  I have 5 lamps in my room, and wish I had places to put more!  I love the way the lamps add warmth to classrooms.  My newest addition this year was my string of lights on the back wall.  Sooooo cozy--especially on rainy days!!!

2.  The WOW Binder.  This binder is amazing.  It keeps the kids organized, parents informed, and it makes me happy.  I can't tell you enough how amazing the binder system is for school to home communication!  

3.  Class mascots.  Everything is just so much more fun when they're around.  Who doesn't love a stuffed toy?  Especially one that is magical, like Richard--our class bird!  Class mascots are a wonderful motivator for good behavior.  

4.  Mini laminator.  Oh, how I LOVE my new little laminator!!!  It makes things shiny, and the laminate is thicker than most school laminators, so my projects/activities will last longer.  I also don't have to run down the hall during my planning period to go laminate something small!  I can just run it right through in my classroom!  
5.   Class Cheers!  Nothing builds community like cheering on your classmates when they work hard, solve a problem, share an answer, or need recognition for being a super smartie.  

6.  Melonheadz Illustrations clip art.  Basically, my classroom theme should just be her clip art, because I have it EVERYWHERE this year.  From my helper cards--to my math detective wall--to my daily five cards, and my hallway headers.  I also used her art on our journal covers and poetry binders.  What a talented lady.  I wish I could take some drawing classes from her!  This bulletin board+her clip art=precious.

7.  My HP laser printer.  I print, and I print A LOT.  I might say that my laser printer is one of my most prized possessions in my classroom {besides all of my books}.  The ink costs a fortune, but it lasts months, and the color is incredible.  If you are thinking of getting one...just do it.  Now.  You'll be happy you did.

8.  SmartBoard!  I literally did the happy dance and screamed when I found out I was getting one of our SmartBoards.  I still have so much to learn about it. The kids absolutely love it, and it is perfect for interactive lessons.  It's glorious.

9.  Coffee.  This might be the most important.  Ha!  Just kidding...kind of.  Ideally, I would make time to wake up in the morning, drink my coffee out of my favorite Anthropologie mug--but I don't have the time for that business anymore!  Luckily, my sweet teacher friend next door has a Keurig, and so does our workroom, so I have stocked up on all kinds of K-cups.  I also carry around lots of gum--I don't want to have terrible coffee breath while teaching reading groups!  ;)


Groovy Educator said...

My teacher neighbor added five lamps to her room this year and it is beautiful. I love how you have the string of lights hanging!

Halle said...

I love, love, love the nest for Richard :)

Very cute!


Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

Ashley said...

Can you tell us what type of HP printer you have? I go through oodles of ink and think in the long run it would be cheaper to get a more expensive printer. I just need a recommendation of a good one! Thanks:)!


Lyndsey (A Year of Many Firsts) said...

SARAH! Your cheerios are on my must-haves. LOVEEEE! Your room is beautiful!

Unknown said...

Smart Boards are awesome!! Yay for getting one! I love your little next for Richard this year :)

❤ -Stephanie
Falling Into First

Lindsey (The Teacher Wife) said...

I'm so jealous that you have a smartboard!! You lucky girl!! :)

Mel said...

Could you tell me the exact printer you recommend. Model number? I am in desperate need of one ASAP and I print a lot too. TIA

madelyn Velasquez said...

FIrst off, I love your idea with the lamps, it certainly adds that homey feel to the class. Second, I am curious about the WOW binders, if possible could you expand on what they are. Thanks. :)

Kari said...

Coffee and a mini laminator was a must have fore me when I was teaching! Plus a mini photo printer. Now that I'm a homemaker I haven't used anything but coffee but I'm sure when we start homeschooling I will be using them all again.

Kaitlin said...

I also wanted to see if you could share more about the WOW binder. I tried to look through old posts and couldn't seem to find anything :) We have the kids bring binders as well and I would LOVE to revamp it.

Mrs. Spalding said...

I would also love to hear more about the WOW binder. We also have the kids bring binders and I would love to revamp what we do, it's gotten really boring. I looked through old posts and couldn't find it.

Julie DiBenedetto said...

So nice to meet you!
Your WOW binder is very cool! I would love to see more about what it is about! Have a wonderful school year!

Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

firstgradecrusade ~ (Keri) said...

The WOW binder seems like a great idea! Then again you have so many! I totally copied your bees last year and am still using them this year! I've also seen them at other schools!

BTW - I finally became an official follower after stalking your blog for over a year! LOL! I just started blogging and am still trying to get the hang of it! WOW! I have a lot to learn!

First Grade Crusade

Ms.M said...

I love that Richard got a nest! It's wonderful watching the progression through the years. OMG, I have been reading and blogging for years. Now I know I am getting old. LOL

Ms.M's Blog
A Teacher's Plan

Anonymous said...

Hi, I would love to learn more about your WOW binders. Could you e-mail me to let me know what it has? I need some more organization for my students as well! Thank you -

Mariana said...

Hi. I enjoy looking at your wonderful website. Could you please email me to tell me the name and the model number of your mini laminator that you use to laminate your projects. I would greatly appreciate your support. Thank you!

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