Heavy Duty Hole Punch

I was recently asked by Shoplet.com Office Supplies to review the Master DUO Heavy-Duty Hole Puncher.  
When they say heavy duty, they mean it!  This is a very sturdy hole puncher.  It has the option of two hole punches or three hole punches depending on the side you insert the paper.
The hole puncher punches up to 20 sheets of paper at a time, and it very easy to use.  I've used hole punches where I've had to put my entire body weight on the machine to get it to punch through multiple sheets.  One push with the palm of my hand operated the hole punch.

The hole punch has a removable plastic chip tray that collects all of the chips and also provides a non-skid base for the hole punch.

I plan on using the hole punch on student brag tags.  Hopefully it will allow me to punch multiple tags at once.  It gets very tiresome punching each individual tag with my hand held punch!!
You can find other Master productsmedical supplies,  office furniture, and cleaning supplies on Shoplet.com

B2S Office Supplies

 There are lots of reasons that I look forward to back to school time.  I love the fresh start of a new school year and seeing new faces.  I look forward to getting my classroom ready to welcome those new faces.  And like most teachers and students I also love getting new school supplies!  When Shoplet.com Office Supplies asked me to review products from Sharpie and Paper-Mate, I was thrilled to do so!

I reviewed Sharpie Electro Pop Permanent Markers, Paper-Mate Effortless Glide Ballpoint Pens, Paper-Mate Easy to Hold Mechanical Pencils, and Paper-Mate Liquid Paper DryLine Grip Correction Tape.

I'm a huge fan of any Sharpie Markers.  They never disappoint!  I love using their fine tip markers when I'm grading.  My students love seeing the different colors that I use.  The Electro Pop colors are soft but vibrant.  I'm happy to add them to my Sharpie collection!

My plan book is going to look nice and bright with all the colors of the Paper-Mate Gel pens.  The pens are comfortable to grip and glide easily across the page.  I didn't have any problems with the ink smearing as I wrote in my plan book.  Overall these are great multipurpose pens!

There are so many things I love about these pencils!  First of all, let's just talk about the colors.  These pencils match the colors I've chosen for my classroom this year- perfectly!  Colors aside, I love the thickness of these pencils.  Both the body of the pencil is thick and the 1.3 mm lead is thick.  This keeps the lead from constantly breaking.  The pencils are refillable too!  My only con is that the eraser isn't very sturdy while erasing.  I held the pencil at the end instead of the shaft for fear it might fall off the pencil.  This seemed to help. 

I'm often reluctant to use pens when writing out my actual plans in my plan book (unless I'm using Fixion pens) for fear of constant mistakes.  The Paper-Mate Correction Tape will help alleviate those fears.  The correction tape glides easily across the page and is easy to control.  I love using tape much more than liquid because there is no drying time needed.  This tape is a must have if you're using pens in your plan book!

Back to School Goodies for the Back to School Sale!

August 1st is the Black Friday of the teaching world!  I've been waiting for weeks for the Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School sale.  My cart is overflowing!  In case you are looking for some back to school products to purchase during the sale, I thought I would show you some of the popular B2S items in my store that will be on sale for 20% off Monday and Tuesday.

Don't forget to use the promo code BESTYEAR to get an extra 8% off!!

Indiana Goes Back to School $1 Sale

Are you starting to think about back to school?  School starts on August 10th for me, so I'm feverishly getting things ready in my classroom and searching for resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.  You can find 101 resources for only $1.00 each in the Indiana Goes Back to School $1 Sale!

Here are all the awesome deals available...
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Happy shopping!!

Monday Made-it Gone Wild!

Only two more Monday Made Its before school starts, and I've been busy!  I'm linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics to show you all the things I've made for my classroom.


 I bought a Lightbox at the beginning of the summer, and I've been in love ever since!  Yesterday I finally uploaded my Lightbox Letters to my TpT store (it's on sale for the next 24 hours!).  I'm still playing around with the other designs, so they're not in my store yet.


I've had this rolling cart in my room for years.  Since I no longer have primary colors in my room theme, I decided to give it a new look.  I think it turned out great (other than the fact that the drawers stick!).

This desk belonged to my grandfather, and I used to play school with it when I was little.  It's been up in my attic for years, so I decided to clean it up to take to my classroom.  I think I'm going to use it as a VIP desk.  I know the kids will get a kick out of its old school style!  

I bought two of these cushions at Hobby Lobby for my classroom.  Unfortunately, they didn't even last a year before my students destroyed them.  Instead of throwing them away I decided to duct tape them!  Four rolls of duct tape later and I think they're somewhat indestructible and kind of pretty!

 I love my Silhouette Cameo and use it to make lots of things for my classroom.  I decided to try working with heat transfer vinyl since  teacher t-shirts are one of my favorite things.  It took me several tries to cut and peel the letters, but I'm pleased with how my first shirt turned out!!

If you've ever visited my TpT store, you know I have an obsession with jars.  I started using them for workstations ten years ago when I taught 1st grade.  They're portable, easy to manage, and fun!  Since I'm now teaching a 3rd/4th self-contained high ability classroom, I decided to make a jar for project based learning.  My Project Jar has 40 project cards for any topic.  I can't wait for my students to use it this school year!

I like to have lots of fun and quick activities for students to do during the first week of school.  This getting to know you All About Me iPad lets students tell all about themselves using iPad icons.  Students can be as creative as they want with their drawings and choose from the 12 icons included or make their own.

I still have a few more Made Its for next week along with my classroom reveal!  Head over to 4th Grade Frolics to check out all the other Monday Made Its!!

Using Proper Form with the 3M Gel Wrist Rest

I was recently asked by Shoplet.com Office Supplies to review the 3M Gel Wrist Rest for Keyboards.  I was interested in taking a look at the wrist rest because I spend so much time at the computer.

 The wrist rest is 19 inches long and more that covers the length of the keyboard and mouse.  I really liked that it had a nonskid backing.  It didn't slide across the desk as I was using it.

 The rest is gel filled and is two inches thick.  Below you can see how much give the rest has.  It's like a comfy pillow for your wrists!

 I was also able to use the rest with my laptop.  It rested further down my arm, but still offered support to keep my wrists comfortable.  I'm looking forward to using it for an extended period of time to see if there's a noticeable difference in my wrist and hand fatigue.
Here is a sample of all four types of pens. You can find other 3M productsmedical supplies, and cleaning supplies on Shoplet.com!