1. Pinterest/Teachers Pay Teachers
Pinterest came into my life at the perfect time. I have been teaching second grade for five years and I was starting to feel bored with my same old curriculum. Enter Pinterst...I have learned so much from other teachers and have gotten ahold of such awesome ideas, it re-energized me completely. It also led me to Teachers Pay Teachers.
2. Donors Choose
I started using this site in 2009 and I will forever be grateful for everything we have received. I was spending close to $300 a year in extra resources for my kids. This is no longer the case, now I go to Donors Choose! This frees up my money to spend on TPT :)
New to Donors Choose? Check out my post HERE with some tips that may help you out.
3. My Teacher Bag
|Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty-One|
I searched high and low for a teacher bag. I was using a Joann's bags for a few years and they were ok, but they ended up collecting endless amounts of paper. So I went on a search and found this amazing bag! It is from Thirty-One, it has 5 pockets and two side stretchy pockets that hold my water bottles. The handles are sturdy and at a comfortable length. Then I found an idea on Pinterest that blew my mind! I put this file folder holder in it from the Container Store, and now whenever I put something in my bag, it is organized! This has made my life so much easier!!
4. Easel from Lakeshore
One of my treasured possessions donated by people at Donors Choose. It has lines on the back, it's magnetic, it's WIDE! I love this thing and my kids do too. I do most of my teaching on the floor so this easel is a life saver!
5. Document camera and projector.
We got this phenomenal resource three years ago and I can't imagine gone back to old school projectors. If the kids don't understand something, just put it under the document camera! You can model to your heart's delight with this thing.
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