Today I have the pleasure of linking up with Lidia from Kinder Alphabet and Krissy from Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business for Must Have Monday! I am going to share with you the things I have to have in order to create a successful classroom atmosphere.
1. My Sharpies - I love Sharpies. I love the smell, the pure, deep color and the the way I feel productive at the end of the day when I still have a Sharpie stain on my fingers. There are so many colors to fit my mood each day. I began my teaching career before lesson plans were typed, and everyone had e-mail. My Sharpies were and still are some of my best creation tools.
2. Sharpened Pencils - One of the best teacher gifts I ever received was a bouquet of sharpened pencils on the first day of school. When I get in my classroom at the beginning of the year the first thing I do is sharpen my pencils. The smell of sharpened pencils gets my brain working and I can start creating ideas. The pencils give me freedom of mistakes and the ability to erase what I don't like. This summer I splurged and bought a box of skinny Kate Spade pencils. Yes, I know it was a ridiculous waste of money, but they came in a perfect storage box and I will definitely know when one of my students has "borrowed" one of my pencils.