During the school year, there are many nights when I just can’t wait to go to bed and enjoy the smoothness of my sheets and the pillow top mattress that makes me feel like a feather resting on a cloud.

During the summer, there’s so much I want to do and I want to use every minute to my advantage.  Plus, the bed I use at my parents’ house is not a dream.   But tonight, oh tonight, I’m going to be a Diva Sleeper.


I’m debating whether I should buy a lamintor or not..

Any good ones reasonably priced you would recommend?

I bought this one for myself 2 years ago.
It continues to work well. I bought it at Walmart or Target for a few dollars less than the Amazon price. We have a laminator at school, but we are not allowed to use it. Only the production assistants are, and even when I put things in weeks ahead of time — I was getting them back a week after I had needed them. These are the best deals on laminating sheets I’ve found I’ve heard Costco has a better deal, but they are always all out. (Shout out to whoever bought me some last year. I used them all and then had to buy even more myself! Crazy!)
Also, these sheets are thicker than the lamination rolls used at my school. So my materials are a lot more sturdy.

Someone purchased a dream item off of my list. I hope when it arrives it has a note with who it is from so I can thank them properly.

I will be snail mailing thank you cards to those who will give me their address once the school year gets on the way.

Also, I really startled my parents with my shouts and impromptu dancing when I noticed it was purchased.   Thank you, thank you, thank you!

That awkward moment when you message someone on tumblr and after a while aren’t sure if tumblr ate it or if they just had no response.

houseboatmac asked:

I just reblogged your list of classroom wish-lists, if any of you wonderful teachers find yourself with a left handed student, message me and I'll get you a pair of scissors for them. All I ask in return is that you let them write on the "wrong" side of the paper if they feel that is more comfortable. (I used to turn over my notebooks in school so I wouldn't get painful 'train tracks' on my arm, but had to stop because my teachers were tired of the punch holes being on the wrong side. )

Passing this along.   I have scissors made for left or right handed students.  In Pre-K things are more child-led than following a right or wrong way (within reason) and it wouldn’t be appropriate to force a kid to wrote with the spiral side on the “right side” if it hurt them.  Thanks for the support!

Couldn’t resist. Made two purchases on other people’s wishlist. For very different, but specific, reasons.

Please Support My Classroom



Hi all, I’m requesting some support for my classroom this coming year. I want to give my kids every opportunity to explore and be engaged. An ipad will help to create opportunity for my classroom. It will provide more avenues for project based learning and student creation.

So I have started a Donorschoose project requesting one iPad that will be exclusively for my classroom and for student use. It will in no way be a personal device for me. I’d appreciate any support you would like to give to this project. Please message me for the link, as it’s under my real name.

Thank you :)

Hey, friends! If you can, please support my friend’s classroom. She is a great teacher who has taken on a whole lot to immerse her students in technology in the last year and she could use your help.

Want to support #education? Donate to Tumblr Teachers’ Classrooms!

Dear Tumblrverse,

Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires  more people will see it and more support can be given.   All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!

As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget).  Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby.  Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.

Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies.  In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped.  I am in awe of the teachers in this community.  After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year.  If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist.  If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.   

So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.

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Coaching parents on toddler talk to address low-income word gap

By age four, toddlers in low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than those in high-income families, according to researchers. As a result, these children tend to have smaller vocabularies and fall behind in reading. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on one program in Providence, Rhode Island, that gets low-income parents talking more to their toddlers.

This is so great and important! (I love vocab studies and initiatives).

During the school year, I pretty much don’t delete any e-mails.

That way I can search info I need and can look back at past e-mails if I need to see if something was documented.   Right now I am enduring the task of eliminating unnecessary e-mails.