Do you use lamps and other types of lighting in your classroom? We use these all the time to review for tests! The buzzers just make learning that much more engaging! I divide my class into two teams or give a buzzer to each table group! We have 2 sets of these twinkle lights and we love them! What teacher doesn’t love a good anchor chart? My issue with the traditional anchor chart paper is that I don’t like the messy paper rips at the top if I choose to pull it off the spiral to hang up in the classroom. I got the idea for this from another teacher at my school.
For Work on Writing, I LOVE these magnetic hooks. Our school doesn’t have anywhere for me to store my teacher’s desk, so we use it for our Work on Writing center. They really help provide a calming environment for my students. One pack is plenty to go around our white board! I had been using Command Hooks to hold our prompts and vocabulary lists, but found these 8 magnetic hooks for $9. I love that they’re portable and sturdy so I don’t have to hear, “THE HOOKS FELL, MS W!!” six times a day during guided reading.
We can’t have candles because the open flame is dangerous (a smart policy, in my humble opinion) and plug-in fresheners give me a headache. I love bins. Tall bins, small bins, clear bins, colored bins – I just love bins! These bins here are ones I bought two years ago to house my mentor texts. I love that they have a latch so that the lid really does stay on! These are great for mentor texts, organizing stations, storing games and activities, and more. I was resigned to having a dingy-smelling classroom until I discovered wax melts! Does that make me weird? No more messy paper mess at the top of those pretty charts with this self adhesive anchor chart paper.