Smead=Organization= One happy teacher!

Organization is the key to running a successful classroom.  The days that I don't feel completely prepared for or have misplaced materials for a lesson are always the worst days!  I'm always keeping an eye out for ways to stay organized.  My biggest area of disorganization is keeping track of papers.  Whether they are papers that need to be copied or papers that need to be filed, I am always laying them down and forgetting where I put them.  File folders help to keep me organized.  I was recently asked by Office Supplies to review some organization materials from SMEAD. (YAY!)
I reviewed their 12-Pocket Stadium File, 3-in-1 SuperTab Section Folders, and SuperTab File Folders.
I loved the Stadium File!  What a great idea!  It has 12 tiered pockets that can hold 900+ sheets of paper and file folers.  It comes with labels for the tabs (A-Z, months, household subjects, and blank labels).  The organizer is really sturdy.  It's like have a desktop accordion file at your finger tips. I plan on using it for my Friday planning.  I can add papers for copying, filing, and grading throughout the week, and they'll be ready for me on Friday afternoon when I prepare for the next week.

I have a slight obsession with file folders!  I'm a stacker (not a slacker).  File folders help keep my stacks organized.  I use file folders to plan my units.  As I start to gather materials for new units, I will label a file folder and start placing materials in the folder as I find them.  This makes is easy to access the materials when I'm ready for them and also makes it easier for me to file the unit for the next year.
I loved the SuperTab 3-in-1 Section folder.  These folders keep everything in place.  They have a Lockit flap that keeps all my papers secure (see photo below).  Pure genius!!  I also like the pockets that are included in each folder.  These are my new favorites!
 The SuperTab folders are also great folders to use because they have a larger label area.  It drives me crazy when the label of the file folder is covered by the papers in the folder.  This isn't a problem with these file folders!  I love the pink color, too!
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Got Geckotech?

I was recently asked by office supplies to review several products from GeckoTech.  All of the products were items that I could use in my classroom so I was thrilled to try them!
The cinder block walls in my classroom are adhesive proof.  NOTHING sticks to these walls!  This gives me limited space to hang things.  I do have a wall of windows, several doors, and a wall of cabinets in my classroom.  I was excited to try to the GeckoTech Reusable Hooks (3 lb and 5 lb limit).  These hooks are amazing!  I tried them on my windows, cabinets, and white board.  They held without any problem.

The hooks have a microsuction synthetic rubber on the back that allows them to be used over and over again.  All you have to do is wash the rubber and let it dry before reuse.

I plan on hanging my hall passes on the door for students to grab on their way out of the room.
I also received packing tape from Duck.
There are several reasons I like this tape dispenser.  The first is the two guides that prevent the tape from sticking to the roll after each use.  This is such a time saver!  I also like the whisper quiet design!  I was a little skeptical about its ability to keep quiet as the tape was being pulled off the roll.  You all know the obnoxious sound that packing tape can make.  Seriously, this tape doesn't make a sound!!  Well worth the purchase for this perk alone!
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