Ready for a fun assignment? I'm linking up with Fancy Free in 4th, Ramona Recommends, and Not So Wimpy Teacher to share my absolute favorite things that make me smile.
Reading to go shopping? Just kidding... kind of! I know I'm going to get a ton of ideas, so grab your own notepad and get ready to write. :)
I have to talk about my obsession with teacher pens. A couple years ago my blogging friends started sharing their passion for Papermate Flair pens and the Papermate InkJoy pens. I love both. For correcting I use the InkJoy ones. For writing quick notes, I use the InkJoy. For writing my to do lists, or updating my calendar, or things that I want to save for a long time - then I use my Flair.
Last year I splurged on an Erin Condren Lesson Planner and this year I bought another one. It made me happy, kept me organized, and I actually got excited to plan out the weeks. :) This year I chose the Favorite things option, and was able to personalize the front.
I have 2 Purple Cow laminators. 4 years ago I bought my first one from Costco for $20, and then I wanted one to have at home as well. My parents gave me my 2nd for a birthday present the next year. Having a full stack of laminating pouches also makes me smile.
I used to print a bunch of stuff through my normal printer, and then a school friend clued me in on getting a personal copier for my house. Best decision ever! This was $100 a couple of years ago and it came with a cartridge. 4,000 sheets to a cartridge... the savings add up! The school machine has always been 6 cents a copy, this way I can make copies for super cheap at home. It's been a way for me to save my classroom budget by just buying replacement off brand cartridges.
Last favorite for today - my Thirty One bags. Last summer I saw a FB post from Teaching in Room 6 about best teaching bags and all these people kept mentioning the Organizing Ziptop Tote from Thirty One. I LOVE Thirty One but I hadn't thought of it for school before. I bought my pink one last August with a matching water bottle cooler and a key fob (that I store my flash drive on). Then when I went shopping for a new wallet, I ended up getting my blue one for only $8! They were having a sale and it was the best deal ever. I still mainly use my pink one, but my blue one is for those days that I have to haul in project materials, or bring home more papers to grade.
Oh, grading! Last summer in the Target Dollar Spot (for $3) they had a portable file folder metal carrier with handles that fit perfectly inside this tote. It's inside my pink bag, and I use it to hold hanging file folders with different labels (Spelling, Math, Reading, etc). It helps me keep things organized to bring home.