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July 26, 2015

Back to School in a Flash: Teacher Faves

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.

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  1. I'm always looking for a new teacher bag. This one looks awesome! I can't believe you have to pay $.06 per copy at school? For any copies? Good for you for coming up with a more cost effective solution! Great must haves BBB! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. The copy machine is 6 cents each side and we provide our own paper. The rizo is 4 cents each side but you have to have at least 25 sheets in your order. I usually send out the bulk of my copies in April for the coming year, which sending them out means 3 cents per copy and they pay for paper. Supposedly this next year they are trying a "free" copy machine which means we will provide paper. I hope this works!

  2. I need to get a better printer! I love flair pens too, what teacher doesn't? AND a personal laminator has changed my teaching career! Thanks for linking up Emily!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

    1. Isn't it just the little things in life that make life sweet!?!

  3. Only teachers understand the importance of having a collection of beautiful pens!

    Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher

  4. Will have to check out the InkJoy. Are they ballpoint?

    1. Yep! They are also cheap, so I can get a bunch of them for a little amount of money.


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