Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fabulous Teacher Finds!

Hey everyone!  I hope everyone enjoyed their day off yesterday!  If you have off this week like me your probably relaxing and enjoying your time off!

My honey and I are so excited because we saw a house we loved yesterday.  We want to buy a 2 family house to make it an *investment* and we found one we truly enjoyed. However, it needs some minor updating. =(  Not sure yet if we are willing to go the extra mile to update but I guess we shall see.

Anywho,  recently I posted about my room and how I am in dire need of a small library.

I have a small window sill that I use to display the books I will be reading for the month. 

So I went on a book stand hunt!  I no longer could stand a small breeze coming through the window and knocking down all my darn books.  My kiddies were starting to tell I was getting frustrated! 

Guess what I found today at Really Good Stuff!  

A perfect fabulous find made just for me I'm sure. =)

It's called a Book Display Stand.  Click HERE to check it out and get more details. 

It's a strong wire rack able to hold up big books, picture books ..pretty much any kind of book! There's even a magnetic strip that lets you title the display each month.  What an awesome idea!

I feel like this would be perfect for that window sill where I put my books for the month.  
Of course I ordered it.  It's a great deal too!  It's only $24.99.  
I can't wait to get it and set it up.

Another fabulous find from Really Good Stuff are my amazing Privacy Shields!

I bought a pack of 3 years ago and it's still in great shape!  It really is perfect for those little ones who have wandering eyes during test time.  

Before the privacy shields, I use to have the kiddies take out two folders and open them.  It didn't cover the entire desk and it would at times fall because they weren't sturdy enough.  I had a lot of innocent wandering eyes!

So I found this online and couldn't resist to try it.  Boy am I glad I invested in this. Look how much of it covers the student's desk.

You can find these HERE and check it out for more info. You can buy 12 of these for $35.  It's definitely an awesome bargain and will save your voice from saying, "Boys and girls, eyes on your own tests please".

I have my kiddo's take these out every Friday when it's Test Day.  
The students keep them in their desk.  Every Friday, they come to class, unpack and take these out as they know it's apart of test taking.

I like to have them in their desks because it gets time consuming to pass them out every time I feel it necessary to use them.  I am very spontaneous and like to grade classwork or my kiddies writing after I feel they have mastered whatever it is we are learning.  So it's kind of an impulse thing when I say 
"Privacy shields out please". 

I would highly suggest investing in these.  They have lasted me so long already and feel they have a good few years before I think about getting another pack.

How do you have your kiddies protect their tests?
I'd love to hear your ideas.

On another note!
A good friend of mine told me yesterday I taught her younger cousin this year and she had no idea it was me.  LoL 
What made me really smily was that the little girl told her how much she loved me and I was the first teacher who never raised my voice or scolded her.  She said I was so nice and such a great teacher.  
Unfortunately in the middle of the year she had to move to another class for private reasons but she was devastated when she heard the news.
It's always nice to hear how you were admired by someone.
I always think I'm a great teacher but when a kiddo tells you, it's just nice that your doing a great job.

Off to babysit!



  1. I love that book rack! I am starting a supply list for the summer and will have to put that on!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  2. Love this rack! I was just taking a peek at your books- we just read Penguins by Gail Gibbons today :)

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I didn't know about the "Really Good Stuff" site. I can see shopping in my future.

    I am your newest follower!
    Granny Goes to School

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  5. I LOVE "Really Good Stuff"! They always have the best things for your room! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am actually familiar with your blog and read it on a pretty regular basis. But for some reason I wasn't following you!?!?! Don't worry, I fixed that problem!

    The Applicious Teacher

  6. That's such a sweet story about your (old) student. That's gotta feel good!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  7. Thanks for the follow! I am now following you as well -- I love your blog! Great teacher finds :)

    Mindful Rambles

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have the same privacy shields - love them! Really Good Stuff is great. So nice to see a fellow Jerseygirl in blogland!! Love your blog!!
    Science for Kids Blog

  9. Very cute blog...Dreamlike Magic has some really nice blog designs! But I am a teacher's teacher and love all the teach talk on your blog. Hope your day was bright!

    Shine on!
    The Lightbulb Lab

  10. Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I need some nice, sturdy privacy shields. I actually use file folders that I stapled together. They work for now. :)

    Adventures in First with Mrs. Key

  11. Thanks for being my newest follower! I'd love some of those privacy shields. I use folders, but they fall over all the time!
    Owl Things First

  12. I really like the book rack because you can put all sizes of books in it. That is cool to hear such sweet things about you as a teacher! Great Job!!!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower!
    Polka Dot Kinders

  14. I love your privacy shields. I use flimsy folders and well and I know my students love them. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm your newest follower as well!