The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of…
Alternative Title For This Post- You’re Welcome For Starting Your Back-To-School Shopping List
A few weeks ago, I wistfully walked the aisles of one of my fave stores…Staples. Over the years, Staples and I have had a very contentious relationship filled with dramatic tales of frustration and rage that have been countered by stories of pure joy and inspiration. (Psssstt…totally click on all those links. The stories are SO worth it.) (Besides, before you know it, we’ll be back to school and you will have no time to leisurely click away an afternoon.)
Keep in mind, I was not in there to shop. No, no, no. I was in there to print out a copy of my entire dissertation – that’s right people, you read correctly. I have a complete first draft.
And, because it’s roughly fifteen ho-jillion pages (including the appendices), I had some time on my hands. A few moments to kill. A moment to wander. Oh, let’s just be honest. I skipped up and down the aisles for about half an hour taking pictures of my favorite things with my iPhone.
So now, for your viewing (and perhaps list making pleasure), here
is my version of porn are the spoils of that day.
We are kicking things off with one of my favorite writing implements of all time. (I know, I know, they’re not Sharpies…but don’t worry. Those are coming.) Yes, they are on the pricey side for a pack of pens but a) they are fabulous, b) they last, c) the variety of colors makes list making endless amounts of fun and three times more organized because of the option to color code categories and d) COLOR CODING people! (Uh yeah, it deserves to make the list twice.) Note: these are for teacher only. Some things we have to keep all to ourselves…
And from here we shall move on to all the other writing implements of choice that will make your heart (and your classroom) sing with joy.
Another wonderful option for Teacher Only list making and letter-home writing.
I love these so much, I feel like I should blow kisses at the image on my screen.
Is it just me, or is using a fresh Expo marker on a clean white board a little slice of wonderful?
I personally preferred writing my plans in pencil since I was so frequently asked to “be flexible” and “go with the flow” which translates roughly to “scrap all your amazing plans and shuffle your week around so that you can accommodate this bullshit assembly/surprise field trip/interruption of your choice.”
And OH! Do I love me some Crayola markers in classic colors. Fat, skinny, you name it, I love it. Name another job where you can get away with writing a note in marker to another one of your co-workers.
These beauties are my weapon of choice for organizing my little friends, and their writing tools. You know, all of which I supply to them. With money from my own pocket. (Keep in mind that these puppies usually go on sale as the day of reckoning approaches…because $1.99 each? Uh, no.)
Because I am the coolest teacher eva, I always made sure to have a stash of SMELLY stickers on hand in addition to your run of the mill thematic/words of encouragement/generally shiny stickers.
So while these babies are not as colorful and not as shiny as some of the other supplies above, they have so many uses that they are one of my most favorite things to have on hand in the classroom. I heart you and your simplicity, 3-tab file folder.
And if you NEED fancy, then there’s these:
Did your heart skip a beat too?
Every teacher must, must, MUST have a decent pair of adult scissors. Scissors that she keeps to herself and does NOT loan out when another co-worker inevitably asks to borrow her scissors because you never know what people are going to use them to cut. Sharp scissors = non-negotiable.
While a three hole punch may not seem like an obvious need for back to school, believe me, you will thank me. I had one of these bad boys hidden away and had hordes of colleagues troop in and out asking to borrow it. So worth the money.
I used to have three staplers located in various places around the room. Then I had a fourth stapler that was “for the people” meaning my friends could use it also.
Again, these may cost you a bit if you plan on buying one for every friend in your class but OH HOLY CRAP did we use them all the time. Plus, your friends feel uber nerdy/ultra fabulous when completing oh-so-important work on their fancy pants clipboard. HILARIOUS!
I don’t think I’ve ever written about their simple brilliance here, but I do love and USE ( I MEAN I USE!) index cards. Colored ones, lined ones, plain ones, you name it! They make great (and inexpensive) name tags for desks when jazzed up with a sticker. They are wonderful for a stack of personalized word wall flash cards. I love them for personalized mini-strategy charts or checklists. I’ve used them to create mini-Don’t Forget Your Glasses reminders for friends who shove their freaking glasses in the back of their desks and then wonder why they can’t see shit. Direction cards for centers, teacher cheat sheets for chapter books…I could go on and on.
Can we now pause for a moment and delight in all things Post It? Because…well, there was this. And I just stopped dead in my tracks.
Are you clutching at your heart too? It gets even better. Check these out:
MONOGRAMMED POST IT NOTES, PEOPLE! Clearly I was all about the “M.” Tres fancy, no?
Now this is by no means a complete list. It is only just the beginning, but it is a solid beginning of teacher treats and MUST HAVES that is oh-so-fun to throw into your cart. (Until you get to the check out.) So go forth and
drool shop!! Focus on the joy of all these shiny new office supplies! (Rather than on the bullshit reality that you’re paying for them yourself….there will be plenty of time for complaining later on this year, don’t you worry.)
I will leave you with this…a wonderful mix-and-match delight:
PS – Would anyone be interested in me posting my (more complete) back to school list with links?? Anyone? Bueller?