Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tips and Some Random

This is what I do the other 90% of the day that I not blogging, stalking, or pinteresting....
All the picture is missing is when I move to the couch or the chair outside!  But I will take a break from my reading adventures to share some (possibly) helpful ideas.

Tip 1:  Bulletin board border happens to be the same height as the plastic drawers.  So I cut it to the appropriate length and used a glue dot to keep it in place.  Then I had some extra, blank calander squares and used them to label what is inside each drawer.
Tip  2:  I used to keep my read alouds organized by subject, or by what reading strategy they could be used for.  However sometimes, I would think where is the book and I all I could remember was the title, but not how I had organized it:-)  So I decided to take library advice and keep them organized by author.  That way regardless of the many ways I could use the book to teach, I will know exactly where to find them.

Using strips of bright construction paper and letters of the alphabet I can easily see where each section begins. 

A few books really don't stump me, for example Johnny Appleseed, Holiday, and Poetry books.  They really are only used for a very specific purpose and so I keep them organized on the shelf under the other read alouds.
The same bright construction paper helps separate my teaching books as well.
Tip 3:  These clip chart behavior systems are everywhere.  At the beginning of the year, I decided that have a portable version would be helpful, and then the pull-out teachers could use it as well.  So I made the signs, laminated them into one solid poster and taped them to the back of a yard stick.  I put a piece of ribbon through the top, put a tack in the door, and hung it up.
A bit random, but maybe one of these is helpful for you!

For more random....I found one of the coolest before and after projects on Pinterest today!  If only I still had one of these tables somewhere....check this out!
source..Caroline's Crafty Corner
source...Caroline's Crafty Corner

And one more pic...just because it made me smile!
"Raise your hand if you have read Hunger Games."



  1. I love The Hunger Games!! That is so funny!! Great idea about the bulletin board boarders for the small drawers! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Great idea about using bulletin board borders for lining the plastic drawers! Now I know what to do with those border scraps. So easy! Thanks :)


    1. Thank you. It does put them to good use.

  3. Hahaha! That Hunger Games joke just made my day! Too funny :)

    Those drawers look so much prettier with the bulletin board borders! I'm pinning it so I can remember this when I'm back in my classroom ;)

    All Students Can SHINE

    1. And no modge podge involved.....that stuff is beyond my craftiness:-)

  4. You crack me up . . . I would have paid $$ to see you do that!

    Dang girl, you are crafty! That bench is to die for. I cannot believe how fantastic it looks. (Please note that this comment comes not from my belief that you couldn't make something this cool, but rather the deep understanding that I COULDN'T make something this cool). Loved today's post :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

    1. Oh I am not crafty or can find the best stuff on Pinterest.

  5. Love it all!

    I'm on the last book of Hunger Games. I feel so behind the times. But I started reading the series three days ago, so I'm averaging a book a day because I love them so much!
    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
    Endless Pinabilitites!

    1. I just can't stop reading...enjoy. I got to meet Suzanne Collins, at Powells when Mockingjay came out.

  6. Love that table!! I saw the Starbucks saying on Pinterest the other day and I thought it was so funny. I think it would be so funny if I was in the store and someone did that.


    1. I agree...I don't have guts to do it myself.

  7. These are GREAT tips. I love that re-do on the "picnic table". I wish I still had one of those lying around. The bulletin board borders/drawer prettiness is a fabulous idea.
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

    1. Thank you! I am keeping an eye out for one of those tables:-)

  8. Great idea on the border in those drawers!!!

    ☞Go NuTTY with ME!

  9. I love the Hunger Games! Love your ideas! But, the name change is too cute!
    Literacy Minute

  10. What fabulous ideas! Now I want one of those benches too (don't know where I would put it)-but it would look very stylish! :)


  11. That table is amazing!!! I have a bunch of things on my blog you may like, so head on over. Oh and make sure you subscribe because I'm doing a giveaway very soon!

    Kate :)

    1. Okay...but you forgot to tell me what your blog is:-)