First, I want to give a big shout-out to the ever fabulous VistaPrint! I purchased the teacher contact information magnets that I gave my families at the beginning of the year from them. They were wonderful quality and everybody was really impressed with them. They also have a bunch of items you can get for free, you just have to pay shipping! I go around every day initialing my students' planners to verify their behavior performance for the day and thought there had to be a better way! There is, I got a FREE personalized stamp that fits perfectly in the designated spot in their planners. I used a return address stamp that had a star. Instead of putting in all 3 lines of information, I just put my name. It automatically centers and turns out perfectly. I know that some other teachers at my school are now looking into getting their own personalized stamps. You should too!
So many of the ideas I find on Pinterest seem like such "Duh!" things. I use to be a pretty creative person and I feel like Pinterest may be robbing me of my own inventing process. I think it's making me lazy, if I want to get an idea I just type something in and *poof* hundreds of wonderful, already created ideas pop up. This is one of those "Duh, why didn't I think of this" ideas. Hot glue pom poms on the end of dry erase markers to make little erasers for the kids. It's just like the big erasers I use on the board and saves on tissues or having dirty socks in the room. I haven't used them yet, but hopefully the kids don't destroy them the first day... We all know how kids are with new things!
And, I leave you with a Transition Anchor Chart. Hopefully I can break the kids of the "First, Next, Then, Finally" pattern of transitions!