Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom--"Must Haves!"

It's Wednesday and that means time to link up with Primary Possibilities for Wednesday Wisdom!  This has been one of my favorite linky parties of the summer because it has kept me thinking and "on-track" during these lazy (yeah, right! Nothing lazy about my summer days!) days of summer.

This week's topic is Classroom Must Haves. 
Here's a quick list of the "Must Haves" in my classroom.
In no particular order 
I must start every day with a Pepsi.  If I don't, well, it isn't pretty!
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I use my SMARTboard all day, every day.  When it went on the blink for a few weeks last year, I felt like I was lost!  I just love everything about it! Disclaimer:  That is not me or my kiddos!
I blogged about how I use my music wand a few weeks ago.  Go HERE to read that post.  I use this to signal the end of EVERYTHING!
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I rely heavily on my visual timer to keep me on track during reading groups.  This timer is actually for my kiddos that have trouble with transitions so that they can see that the end of an activity is approaching, but I think it helps me more than it helps them! 
I used a clip chart for the first time last year as my behavior management system, and I can't imagine doing it any other way, now!  This is the one I created to use in my classroom this year.  Unfortunately, I don't have it put together yet to post pictures, but you can click the image to check it out in my TpT store and see the preview.  If you don't know about clip charts for behavior, just google it! 
Those are my top 5 "must haves" for my classroom.  What are yours?  Head over to Primary Possibilities to link up and read what others are saying!