I don't think going back to school has kicked my rear this hard in 5+ years. Wow.
I'm ready for some teacher blogger fun, though!
Here are a few of my classroom "must-haves":
I'm sure there are about a million other bloggers telling you about this beautiful machine. I'm pretty sure that I'll have one for school and one for home by the end of the year. It saves me SO much time. Classroom posters, task cards, reward cards - there are pouches for all of those things. It's amazing.
If the pencils were the silliest, THIS is the MOST IMPORTANT. You need to ask your school bookkeeper (that's where I got mine) or your principal if these are available at your school. It's amazing. I love to go to Office Max. With this bee-yoo-ti-ful card, I get my school district's prices on everything in their store. Everything. I love to fill up my basket, look at a $50-75 total and hand them my card. I rarely walk out of there spending more than $20. Glorious!
And - of course - because I am The Bookworm, I wanted to leave you with a few "must have" teacher resources that I cannot do without.
Rafe Esquith. He is my teaching hero. If you don't know about him or his amazing Shakespeare program, you must must must go here: The Hobart Shakespeareans
and then read this:
And probably this too...
I take away something new every time I reread one of his books. He has made me a better teacher with just four words: Be Kind. Work Hard. I would love to hear from some of you who have read his books as well.
He even mentored me via email last year as I got my school's Drama Club off the ground. He even called me on the phone, people! He is one of those people who makes you want to be a better person.
Happy Hopping! I can't wait to see what everyone else has posted!