Wednesday, July 24, 2013

First Post Ever!!

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Hey all,

This is my first post!  I've been following so many of the other popular teacher blogs that I was hesitant to start my own since I didn't know what my own voice would be in this new world I've discovered.

To begin with, I've been teaching for 7 years in third grade and this will be my first year in fourth.  I am uber excited and a little overwhelmed.  I am a very hard worker but don't do anything if it doesn't serve a purpose or function.  I like pretty but not just for the sake of pretty, I want it to be used and meaningful.  I am very organized and like things to have a place, it just makes my day to day so much smoother.  I love to share my ideas and help others whenever I can.  I hope that I can contribute to all the other wonderful ideas and collaboration that is taking place daily!  I don't want to repeat anything else you've seen, I want it to be original or a new take on an old or already used idea.  I tweak things all the time that I see and try to make it better or tailored for what I need.

So for my first recommendation:

PAINT PENS!  I thought every teacher knew of these but my colleague saw me using them and had never heard of them.  Sharpie makes them in really pretty bright colors which I love.

They are amazing and I use them to label everything from my sterlite drawers to clipboards because if I want or need to change it, it easily comes off (only on plastic) 

I also don't like to toss something that is in great condition just because it doesn't fit my theme or isn't uniform with all my other things.  

For example, binders.  We all love those white or black ones with the clear slide in pockets so we can label them and such.  Well, I have a ton that don't have those pockets or aren't white or black so how do you label them and make them pretty?  Paint pens!  I've used them on many binders so I don't just toss them, and I don't spend my hard earned and limited money on a new one.  

I don't like spending money on something I already have even if it doesn't "fit."  I get creative and make it fit.  



  1. I've never seen those before! How do you remove them from plastic - just with water?

    1. They are amazing!! I use them all the time for everything. This year I am using them on my desks to put their names. If you use them on plastic without paint on it, you can just either scratch it off or use a wet wipe that we have a ton of, I'm sure! If you use them on the desks you remove them using an expo marker. You put the expo marker on top them wipe away! AMAZING!!

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