Sometimes it's the little things

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    I swear I'd go nuts without my $7 paper cutter I bought last year. I print a lot of things 50% and then cut them in half to save copies. I also use it to cut center pieces and word lists for the kids. I also can't live without Post Its. I must have a 20 pads, in all different sizes. Today I bought a laminator (been wanting one for years!) and I have a feeling I won't be able to live without that either.

    What "little things" do you feel you can't teach without?
     
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  3. Danny'sNanny

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    I love -
    Sharpies in every color
    Thin crayola markers
    Oh, the new sharpie pencil, because it feels like pen when you write...

    I know it sounds silly, but... my new whiteboard easel. Not exactly little (I spent about $200 of my classroom money on it this year). My classroom is in the "big kid" hallway, so my boards are too high for primary kids. I love that now I can be sitting with them at the rug, and writing things up on the easel as we talk, and calling them up to circle/write/etc. I don't know how I lived without it last year!
     
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    Funny, I bought the Sharpie pencil and I don't like it. It's not smooth enough.
     
  5. TeacherApr

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    3 hole punch and binders!
     
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    Children. :D
     
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    My latest improvement is five molded plastic stools from IKEA. They nest and look like upside-down trash cans. When kids are working in groups, instead of trying to move desks (nearly impossible in my crowded room,) one group member can grab a stool and sit opposite the front row of desks. The kids are loving them, and they were only $5 apiece!
     
  8. Aliceacc

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    A fresh piece of chalk.

    I hate dealing with the little nubs :)
     
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    Alice, do you use those chalk holders? I remember in school I would only volunteer to write on the board if the teacher had a holder on the chalk.


    I can't live w/o:
    ~sharpies
    ~post-its
    ~pens (it doesn't matter what color/style/size)
     
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    ME TOO :) I love binders :wub:

    I also :wub: sharpies, flair markers, big binder clips and post-its.
     
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    I can't live without:

    1. jumbo size paper clips: I got nuts if I don't have a big supply of these and the jumbo size can hold so much better and more papers.

    2. Dry erase markers/wipe off markers

    3. Printer
     
  12. Marci07

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    I saw these at my friend's classroom and I always wondered if middle school students could actually sit in these. I'm definetelly going to check them out.
     
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    binder clips
    post its
    my rolling desk chair
     
  14. Aliceacc

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    Nope.

    I like a plain old piece of chalk.
     
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    Back in the day before chalk dust gave me horrible sinus problems, I loved using chalk and I didn't like the chalk holder at all.
     
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    Sharpies
    Crayola classic 'fat' markers
    Wipe off markers
    (I think I have marker issues!!)
    :lol:
     
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    Sharpies
    Mechanical pencils with 0.7mm lead (one of my students had a pencil with 1.0mm lead which I loved, but I can't find one)
    Post-its (every shape, size and colour)
    Binder clips
    A pad of chart paper
     
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    Flair pens, highlights, purple pens and binders.

    Binders so much that my mom told me "if you come home with another binder you and your binders can go live on the streets." (She was kidding)
     
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    computer...I type everything...do grades on it...smart board attached to it...and do lesson plans on it.
     
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    Love the THICK Sharpie markers that are specifically for chart paper.

    They only come in primary colors but I love writing our spelling words on them because they are BOLD and BIG! :)
     
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    I forgot about the binder clips!!
     
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    Someone put a huge bag out on the give away table last month, and I took enough to fill a bowl on my desk. So happy to have more than I could ever need - I think last year I only had 5 or 6. It was awful, and I was too cheap to buy more! :lol:
     
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    sharpie markers and sharpie pens
     
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    Magnets I had metal white boards (most of them now are metal ) I would get the kind that you put business cards on
    I made a "what day is it " Month, day, & year, and day of the week
    Colored electrical Tape to divide my white boards
    Duck (duct) Tape
    Clear packing tape
    super glue (for my use only)
    Popsicle sticks Kids in a can,
    10¢ folders (maybe a little more) when a student has a crises and needed a folder
    And since I taught Middle school a "girls' kit" with feminine supplies
    I would when practicing how to enter the class always find a way to have the girls enter with out the boys and I would tell them "I have 4 daughters so I know what you girls need every once in a while just go to the box marked 'Ribbons' take what you need" I had so many girls (and mothers) telling me "thank you" even the home Ec teacher didn't have a supply, I Put some real girly ribbons on top of the box so the boys would not think of looking there ​
    Safety Pins For a girls blouse or a boys pants
    2 electric pencil sharpeners With a supply of pencils (need a pencil? leave your old one) My detention students would sharpen them.
     
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    Will you marry me?
     
  26. Iowa_Teacher

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    Off topic, but I agree! Chalk dust not only gave me horrible sinus problems, but I got pleurisy...twice :( If you don't know what pleurisy is, imagine having sandpaper on your lungs so they can't move smoothly inside your body....it's painful!
     
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    I just read this I am all choked up
    I mean gosh
    I don't have a tux but I can rent one would Vegas be ok most of my Family live in CA & AZ (one pain in the backside cousin in FL) I will be in OK on Oct 24th
     

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