Which I can say without any hesitation because it’s Monday of summer vacation so it doesn’t feel like a Monday.
So . . . I say it again! Happy Monday!
I’m linking up with my Freebielicious girls this week . . . with Must Have Monday today. (That’s another way I knew it was Monday.)
When I was sitting down to think about what I MUST HAVE in my classroom, several things came to mind.
It was hard to narrow down, but I did it for you and I’m only naming two MUST HAVE items.
I can’t explain my love for these pencils. Especially when they are pre-sharpened. PURE LOVE.
My friend, Ericca, gave these to me as a gift because we both share the same love and adoration for all things Ticonderoga. AND LOOK AT THESE! They’re regular pencils, but they are BEAUTIFUL COLORS.
So I use these all around my room and I know immediately if one of my kids took a pencil from my back table or my desk or the carpet area.
Because the colored ones are ALL FOR ME.
ME ME ME.
MINE MINE MINE.
2. A level.
I have been using a level FOR YEARS now to make sure my bulletin boards and borders are straight. I also use it to make sure that the papers on the boards are straight.
I do not want to be teaching a lesson when I notice out of the corner of my eye that a border is leaning to the left because I will want to stop teaching right then and there and fix it, but I won’t be able to because I am teaching so then I will experience sheer torture as I wait for my lunch break in order to fix it.
Yes, this is my life.
I have a small level that Steve gave me.
And then I saw Lauren at A Teachable Teacher using this:
YES!!!!! That’s her phone and a free level app and that is called PURE GENIUS.
You know what I’m going to be using from now on . . . which I guess means Steve can take a break from trying to engineer our Straipler idea.
Yes, the Straipler idea.
I might have told you this idea before but, either way, do not steal this idea (or the name) and engineer it yourself or I will have to sue you in a court of law. And I think I know someone who knows someone who might be a lawyer so don’t even go there. I know people who know people who might go to court every day and will sue the pants off of you. I think.
My friend, Susan, and I came up with the idea of putting a level INSIDE of a stapler so that you only have to hold one thing when you’re trying to get your boards straight.
I mean, putting up bulletin boards is hard work. You’ve got your level (or now your phone), your stapler, and whatever it is that you’re stapling. That’s a lot of things for only two hands to hold, especially if you’re standing on top of something that you shouldn’t be standing on top of, and you’re having to activate your core in order to hold yourself still and to keep from falling.
YOU try to hold yourself still while actually stapling something to the wall.
A level inside of a stapler. Which we decided should be called the Straipler. Get it? Straight. Stapler. Straipler.
But in the meantime, I’m going to be using my phone!
Those are my TWO MUST HAVE MONDAY items.
What are yours??