Friday, June 1, 2012

My Rockin' Resources

So, Kelley, at Teacher Idea Factory is hosting her first linky party to give everybody a place to share those special classroom items you can't live without!

Rockin' Resources: Things I Couldn't Live Without

I'm going to tell you about my top 5!

1. Donors Choose - I have had 4 projects funded so far that amount to over $1,200 worth of products and supplies that my students benefit from!  I couldn't give them all of these resources on my husband already thinks I spend too much!  So I am extremely appreciative of all of those that choose to give to others and donate their hard-earned money to help our students!  I told a little bit more about 3 of my funded projects in a previous post. 

2.  Colorful Pens & Markers and Scented Stickers - If I have to grade papers, I can at least spice it up a little with some cute colors!  Flair pens are one of my favorites for grading!  I love colorful dry erase markers for writing on the board too!  And my kids absolutely love scented stickers...there is nothing better!

3.  My students' work organizer - I bought one organizer like these from Wal-mart when I moved to third grade for my kiddos to turn in all of their work.  I love that they have a specific place to turn in each different assignment!

4. These handy little "grade book" slips, and highlighters!  I found this form at Teach 123 thanks to pinterest!

I write my students names on the slips and then copy them.  I cut them apart and tape them down next to our organizer, one for each assignment.  The kids highlight their name on the list and on their paper before turning it in.  I could count the papers turned in with no name on ONE hand after implementing this system!  And it's so easy for the kids to third graders caught on quickly and didn't need any more instruction in how to turn in their papers after just a few times!  It's simple for me to see who hasn't turned in their work as well.  I just paper clip the slip with the finished assignments when they've been turned in.  This year, I might copy the lists onto different (light) colors for the different subjects I teach!

5. Dropbox - This website offers free storage for all of your files and documents that you create or download. {TPT anyone?}  I love using dropbox, because you can access your account from any computer with internet access or even your iPhone and iPad.  You can create folders just like you do on your computer.  I can work at home and upload my documents then open and print them at school (or vice versa).  No more worrying about forgetting my flash drive!  Here's a screenshot of what my dropbox folder looks like.

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  1. Ooh- I'm moving up to 3rd and I'd love to see how you use the work organizer! Is it by subject?

    Thanks :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

    1. Wow! How exciting Jenny! I do label my organizer by subject...I make labels to match my theme and attach it to the side. I have one shelf for each subject - reading, math, grammar, spelling, science/social studies, and writing. I'll try to remember to take a picture of it when I set up my new room for next year and post it! Thanks for stopping by and for commenting! I'm off to check out your blog now!

  2. Thank you so much for linking up Jackie! I forgot all about Drop Box. That is the coolest tool around. I use it to send junk to school and to my husband (he prints my goodies in color from me from his office). Great call on this one. Thanks again for joining! Happy weekend :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  3. I definitely want to investigate Dropbox some more!! It seems like the perfect way to back up your files. Enjoy your weekend! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. I need to look into dropbox! That sounds like an awesome tool. Thanks for sharing!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  5. Ladies, I love dropbox! Definitely check it out!