Friday, June 1, 2012

Rockin' Resources Linky Party

With summer in full swing for me, and the gears turning wildly with ideas for next year, I decided to link up with Kelley at Teacher Idea Factory for a Rockin' Resources Linky.  I has me thinking about the 5 most important resources for me in my classroom.

#1 would have to be my computer with internet access.  Without Pinterest, my blogging buddies, and other social media that keeps me in the loop with my fellow teachers and best practices in education, what would I do?  (How did I ever teach without having a computer in my classroom?  It is mind boggling to me now.)
#2 Clipart and fonts to liven up my presentations and handouts

#3 - I definitely would be at a loss without Amazon,  Whenever I see a new book mentioned, or some new dodad, I just HAVE to have it, and with Amazon Prime, I usually have it within 2 days, and no shipping!

#4 VISTA PRINT (  My number one source for classroom decorations and motivational stuff.  Did I mention that I get most of my stuff for FREE?

#5 would have to be my personal laminator - best $30 I ever spent!  Helps to make the things I make and use a lot in my classroom last a LOT longer - Way better than the laminating machine at school (which I still use for the big stuff.)
Receiving honorable mention (and also must-haves) are individual white boards for my kids, Teachers Pay Teachers, my document camera and projector, chart paper tablets (for anchor charts) and Mr. Sketch markers.

What about you?  What are the must-haves for your classroom?


  1. I also could not live without my laminator. It's a dinosaur! I bought it for $40, back in 2002 and it's still going!

    I couldn't live without my computer and internet connection!

    I couldn't live anywhere else and just have to live just one street back from the beach, he-he!

    I also couldn't live without my family!

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  3. I'm a new blogger and still learning about the whole linky thing. I laughed when I read your post. I waited all day for my laminating to get done. I totally need to just buy one!

    Brynley's Brainstorms

  4. I had to repost . . . I cannot believe I spelled "buy" incorrectly. What a dork!

    Thank you so much for linking up! I just purchased that laminator and I am in love. The stuff it spits out is sooooo much nicer than what you get off of the cheap-o school roll. I am going to need to buy plastic sheets in bulk! Thanks again and happy weekend :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  5. Teresa... I love your list! Many things I also could not live without. I noticed you mentioned your Scotch Laminator... I have been toying with the idea of purchasing one for myself because they seem pretty affordable but had a question... can you tape/glue to the laminate? Our machine at school works ok but the laminate makes it impossible to tape anything to the back of it. It just falls right off! Any advice you could give in that regard would be much appreciateD

    1. Yes, I can tape or glue to the back! I usually use glue dots or double sided tape depending on what I am sticking it to, but yes, you can definitely stick to it! I totally recommend one!

    2. Thanks for the speedy reply! Looks like my Amazon gift card has found its purpose! :)

  6. I really need to get my hands on one of those laminating machines!
    I am with you on the pinterest, blogs & amazon! My goodness how these things have changed my teaching!
    I am your newest follower!
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten


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