Monday, July 30, 2012

Things I Couldn't Live Without!

What a great linky party hosted by Teacher Idea Factory!  I could spend all day reading through everyone's list of the top 5 things they couldn't live without.  It's a good thing I don't have big plans for today!  I have a feeling that I'll be adding to my shopping list.

Teacher Idea Factory

So here's my list:

1.  My Keyspan presentation remote.  I use this ALL the time and would be lost without it.  I know there are half a zillion apps out there that would allow me to be untethered from my computer, but this is still my favorite way to roam the room!

2.  Zenergy chimes have to be second on my list.  I love them.  Love the calm sound, love the ease of use, love the way my students respond to them.  Did you know that you can 'yell' with chimes?  Of course this is NOT something that I suggest doing, but there was that ONE time when I was more than a bit irritated and got slightly aggressive with my chimes.  I'll have to admit, it got my students' attention.  One even commented, "Uh Oh, Mrs. T is yelling with the chimes!"  

3.  Mr. Sketch markers. I love making anchor charts.  Or maybe it's just that I love Mr. Sketch markers so much and anchor charts are my excuse to use them?  I saw on someone else's list that RoseArt makes scented markers.  I might have to pick some up for my students to use as my Mr. Sketch markers are off limits to little hands.

4.  I can't imagine life in the classroom without Elmo.  My bulb finally blew on the last day of school and I'm a bit worried that I won't have a new one in time for Day One of the new year.  I should have put that on my First Day Jitters blog hop post.  

5.  The last item on my list of 'must haves' is our iPad.  With much thanks to DonorsChoose, we were able to get two iPads for our classroom last year.  The kids have named them Steve and Roxy.  They are well used and well loved.  

Okay, I'm off to read what everyone else has on their lists, fully aware that this may cost me a fortune!


  1. Yay! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up! I loved reading your list. I am so jealous that you have a an Elmo. We are still using overheads!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

    1. I can't imagine life without my Elmo!

  2. I have the same chime and love it too! I nominated you for a blog award, stop on over to my blog to pick it up:)
    The Common Core Classroom

  3. Hi! I found you through the blog hop and now I'm your newest follower. Gotta love the ELMO, but one drawback is you tend to get tied to it. I love that you got 2 iPads using I did a proposal for 3 iPads ands was so lucky to have it funded by 1 donor. I'm a newbie blogger and would love to have you hop on over to check out my blog when you get a chance.

    1. Hi Tammy!
      One donor funded 3 ipads?! Wow, that's impressive! I agree with your comment about being tied to ELMO. This year, I've rearranged my room and ELMO is now back on a tall rolling cart that's more centered in the room. Thanks for following me! I'm heading over to your blog right now!