Teacher Must Haves and Tech Tips

I’m linking up for days 1 and 2 of Teacher Week at Blog Hoppin. 

Here are my must haves:
My personal MacBook and the 28 MacBooks my students have access to all day.:)

Coffee (preferably Dunkin Donuts).  I have to have at least 2-3 cups in order to function. 
Pinterest and blogs because of all amazing ideas I find there.
Brainpop because it’s so great for introducing/explaining just about any topic.

A supportive and goofy hubby to keep me sane through the craziness during the school year.

Here are my two tech tips:

In my classroom, I put up posters of Mac commands that my students frequently use along with a keyboard to model where to find certain keys.  You can grab these for free by clicking the image. 

My second tech tip is for keeping track of all the student usernames and passwords for various sites.  Last year, I put them on index cards for my students to keep in their “seat pouches.”  This year I am using this “Keeping Track of my Sites” handout for them to keep in their binders.  I’m going to make a copy of each student’s list so they can keep a copy at home as well.  I have found that I get much better results with students practicing spelling words and math facts/skills when they are able to do it on fun and interactive websites.  (Spelling City, Xtra Math, IXL, etc.)  You can grab the freebie here. 

I also have this freebie if you prefer to keep your students’ usernames and passwords on a ring.
Graphics From the Pond http://frompond.blogspot.com.


  1. Kristin,
    I like your idea of posting shortcuts for the kids to use. I hadn't thought of posting the keyboard picture, too. I'll have to do that, but for PCs. It is SO great that you have the computers for all of your kids!
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

  2. Thank you so much for the freebies! I will definitely use them!!!! Great ideas!!!! :-)

  3. First, I am crazy-jealous that all of your students have MacBooks! Acckkk!

    What a fabulous idea -- to put the shortcut commands on the wall! I think I'll have to pass this info on to my school's computer lab lady. :)

    ~Mrs. K. from The Teacher Garden Blog