Monday, August 26, 2013

They Rave for a Reason

Today we started the second week of school! I am really starting to fall in love with my little class. They LOVE when we do Whole Brain teaching. In my spare time (HA!) I am going to start a series on WBT. If you haven't heard of it, go there now! But enough about my class, back to the reason for today's post...

Ok, so I bought this pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies on a whim over the summer when I was desperate to get into my classroom but still wasn't allowed. I just set in a bag and didn't think about it much until I got to school two weeks before the kids came. First morning in my room and I was so overwhelmed by the mess in front of my that I decided to try out the sharpener. WOW was I amazed! It worked beautifully and I loved that it is idiot proof. There is no over-sharpening with this little beauty.
(please ignore the mess background! Cute class pics to come!)

Beautifully sharp pencils...every teachers dream. 

Now on my second week of school I love it even more. My kids get picked up from inside the classroom and I sharpen our pencils from the day while we wait. It is so quiet that some kids didn't even realize what I was doing until the third day! and I rarely have to give the kids new pencils during the day, most can make it through on one. After a pencil nightmare in student teaching, it is so nice not to have to worry! 
I highly recommend getting one for yourself! The entire teacher-blog community can't be wrong! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Blogger Exchange Linky Party

Summer really does fly by for a teacher. I start school on Monday! Technically I suppose I am ready, but I'm not totally sure that one is every ready for the first day of school, much less the first day of school as a first year teacher. But before I reveal my adorable (if I do say so myself) room, I need to link up with Adventures of Ms. Smith and Covered in Glitter and Glue for the Back to School Blogger Exchange!

We were paired up and email info about our partner, then got to send and receive a little goody in the mail! I have always loved getting mail, but it's even more exciting now that I live so far from home. 

I was paired with Sarah from First Grade Buddies. She sent me some adorable sock monkey stuff! Name tags that I am using for the kiddos the first day of school, a sock monkey notepad, certificates, stickers, and an adorable sock monkey key chain. Thanks Sarah!