Clever Ideas for Teachers

     "I'll introduce you. But you'll regret it. Almost everyone does," my friend said, as she chuckled knowingly. 

     "Say goodbye to your husband. Your kids. Even the dog," she warned. 

     This was getting scary now. The dog? No. Not the dog!

     Oh, I would not be deterred. She was exaggerating anyway. You know how some people are.

     *Sigh* How naive I was back then. That fateful day I learned how to use Pinterest
    We've been through a lot, Pinterest and me. When we add in the dollar store, we are pure magic. Thanks to P and DS my classroom has never been so beautifully organized. My anchor charts have never been so colorful. My "getting to know you" ideas and writing prompts have never been so dynamic. 
                             Teachers can find awesome uses for dollar store finds on Pinterest.

 Regrets? I've had a few.

The duct tape wallets my advisory class tried to make. I had that pinned to my Clever Classroom Ideas board. It's not so clever when your money sticks to your wallet because the designer doesn't completely fold in the edges.

And we won't even talk about the NECCO conversation heart picture frames. Let's just say that dogs don't tolerate glue ingestion very well. Hmmm... maybe you should approach my Clever Classroom Ideas board at your own risk.

 But I've had successes too. Wild, joyous successes. Here are a few of my favorites.

                                                This year's dollar store haul.
         Sunny T. had to hop onto the chair to get in on the action. Okay, maybe he was feeling a little neglected.
            Here is clever idea #1. No more multiple pinholes. I just hang these colorful clips on the pushpins. The board stays neat looking, and I can easily switch out the display.              

Teachers can find awesome uses for dollar store finds on Pinterest.

     Clever idea #2. All of my class rosters are hanging on one lanyard! All I have to do is grab it and dash out to save myself my class in case of an emergency, fire drill, or assembly. 
Teachers can find awesome uses for dollar store finds on Pinterest.

       Clever idea #3. No more missing pencils! These duct tape pencil markers work like a charm.


Teachers can find awesome uses for dollar store finds on Pinterest.

      Speaking of charm, My Love is beckoning. I haven't pinned in at least an hour.
   

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