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.

Last Friday Fiction of the Summer


I’m linking up with The Teaching Thief for her last Fiction Friday of the summer.:(  Thank you, Amanda, for hosting this awesome linky!  I’ve learned about so many great books that I can’t wait to read this year.

My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook is on the top of my list of must-reads for the beginning of the school year.  It’s told from the point of view of Louis, an “erupter,” who is constantly interrupting people and blurting out at school.  Kids (and adults) can relate to Louis and how sometimes we want to get something out so badly that we feel like we’re going to erupt like a volcano.

The story helps kids think about how they feel when they are interrupted and teaches strategies to stop themselves from “erupting.”  I didn’t discover this book until midway through last year, but I truly feel that it made a difference with my class’ blurting out issues. 

I haven’t actually read The Kid Who Ran for President (by Dan Gutman) cover to cover, but from what I’ve heard from my students, it’s hilarious.  I stumbled upon it while organizing my library and thought it’d be a perfect read aloud with the election coming up.


Be sure to link up with your favorite children’s books!