A few weeks ago, I wistfully walked the aisles of one of my fave stores...Staples. Over the years, Staples and I have had a very contentious relationship filled with dramatic tales of frustration and rage that have been countered by stories of pure joy and inspiration. (Psssstt...totally click on all those links. The stories are SO worth it.) (Besides, before you know it, we'll be back to school and you will have no time to leisurely click away an afternoon.)
Keep in mind, I was not in there to shop. No, no, no. I was in there to print out a copy of my entire dissertation - that's right people, you read correctly. I have a complete first draft.
And, because it's roughly fifteen ho-jillion pages (including the appendices), I had some time on my hands. A few moments to kill. A moment to wander. Oh, let's just be honest. I skipped up and down the aisles for about half an hour taking pictures of my favorite things with my iPhone.
So now, for your viewing (and perhaps list making pleasure), here
We are kicking things off with one of my favorite writing implements of all time. (I know, I know, they're not Sharpies...but don't worry. Those are coming.) Yes, they are on the pricey side for a pack of pens but a) they are fabulous, b) they last, c) the variety of colors makes list making endless amounts of fun and three times more organized because of the option to color code categories and d) COLOR CODING people! (Uh yeah, it deserves to make the list twice.) Note: these are for teacher only. Some things we have to keep all to ourselves...
And from here we shall move on to all the other writing implements of choice that will make your heart (and your classroom) sing with joy.
I personally preferred writing my plans in pencil since I was so frequently asked to "be flexible" and "go with the flow" which translates roughly to "scrap all your amazing plans and shuffle your week around so that you can accommodate this bullshit assembly/surprise field trip/interruption of your choice."
And OH! Do I love me some Crayola markers in classic colors. Fat, skinny, you name it, I love it. Name another job where you can get away with writing a note in marker to another one of your co-workers.
so many uses that they are one of my most favorite things to have on hand in the classroom. I heart you and your simplicity, 3-tab file folder.
And if you NEED fancy, then there's these:
Can we now pause for a moment and delight in all things Post It? Because...well, there was this. And I just stopped dead in my tracks.
Are you clutching at your heart too? It gets even better. Check these out:
MONOGRAMMED POST IT NOTES, PEOPLE! Clearly I was all about the "M." Tres fancy, no?
Now this is by no means a complete list. It is only just the beginning, but it is a solid beginning of teacher treats and MUST HAVES that is oh-so-fun to throw into your cart. (Until you get to the check out.) So go forth and
I will leave you with this...a wonderful mix-and-match delight:
PS - Would anyone be interested in me posting my (more complete) back to school list with links?? Anyone? Bueller?