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Saturday, August 2, 2014

My Favorite Things - Back to School Linky Party

Hey ya'll! I'm linking up with oh so many wonderful teachers for a great big back to school linky party! Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite things (cue Sound of Music soundtrack!). 

Below are 5 things that I cannot live without during the school year. Take a look around, enter the giveaway, and then hop around to some other blogs to hear about more back to school must haves!
I admit. I'm obsessed. This is a picture of one side (my side) of our walk in closet. Nick's clothes only get the top left side of the closet. I basically own that space! During the year, dresses are my staple. It's funny...I was known for wearing dresses at my old school. I think I may have about 50...that's not a joke. :) This year, I will not be in the classroom. I have an office. Do you know what that means??? HEELS! My flats are all on the bottom of the closet, however, these beauties up above will get some good wear this year. I'm excited!
This is perhaps the best investment you can make. These cardboard magazine holders are $1.99 for a 5-pack! Yes people, five!!! Last year, I funded all my book bins for a whopping $8. Now that is what I call a deal! Go grab them today! You can also order them on IKEA's website. I bought a few extras in case I needed them. I never ended up using them. During the year, if one box opened at the bottom, I would just tape it with clear packing tape. I also made number labels for the boxes. I laminated them and added a small velcro circle to the back. Then, I added the other velcro piece to the book bin. This way, I can keep the numbers each year. Plus, if a student leaves, I just grab a new book bin and attach the number to the velcro. Voila!
This is my life. I LOVE it. Seriously, you may need to go buy it right now. It's editable which means you can make it look however you wish! I printed so many pages that I will have to have two different for each semester. This planner is serving as my work, school, TpT/blog, and Master's organizer this year. I can't wait to fill it up with school activities!
Math centers were a MUST in my classroom. They were also a MUST in my school. Luckily, I am a huge fan. I created this product a few months ago to organize myself a bit more this school year (before I found out about my new position), but it has proven to help other teachers greatly! This How-To Math Centers pack is a step-by-step guide to implementing math centers in any classroom. Whether you want to update the way you operate centers, or you have never used math centers in your classroom, this pack is a great resource to guide you along the way. It includes images and ideas, as well as a schedule and schedule cards. Check out the preview to get a closer view. If you need activities for your centers, check out some of my math center packs or just simply search "Math Centers" on TeachersPayTeachers. There are so many wonderful options available. If you would like more information about how I implemented math centers, check out my blog post all about it.
I discovered GoNoodle toward the end of the school year. I wish I knew about it earlier. My kiddos LOVED it. It is an online site that allows students to earn points for each activity they complete. Your students can do Zumba, yoga (see my kiddies above), track, or even just do silly dances! I use these very often for indoor recess because it rains a lot in South Florida in the afternoon. During testing, my students would do brain breaks with GoNoodle to get their wiggles out. This site is fabulous. I cannot get enough. Definitely check it out today!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to enter the giveaway below and hop around to the other teacher blogs below! Good luck this year! Happy Teaching!


  1. I love your teacher-must haves! I think that I pinned it all. Thanks for linking up with us:)
    Take care, Amy

  2. Meredith, you're so fun! I wish we could shop for scarves together. :)
    Missing Tooth Grins

  3. I just entered the amazing giveaway you are offering (I am your newest follower) I would be very appreciative if you hopped over to check out my giveaway! It ends in approximately 24 hours. Thanks so much =)


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