Best light e.v.e.r.

The day the Safco Vamp LED Flexible Neck Light came into my life was one I'll never forget (really)!  I spend hours on my computer, and the lighting in my den isn't that great. My family is usually relaxing in front of the TV while I'm squinting at my desk.   When Shoplet.com Office Supplies asked me to review the Safco Light, I was very interested!

There are so many wonderful things to say about this light that I don't even know where to begin.  First off, it is flexible.  It can pivot in so many different directions, as well as fold flat for storage.


Next, it has two different light settings, warm or cold!  The base has seven different dimming functions!!  All you have to do is tap a circle to dim the light or increase the brightness.


Also, the base has a USB port!  You can charge your phone, etc. as you work!!  Unfortunately you can't see it in the picture, it's on the back of the base.

I usually do my computer work in my office where the lighting is much better.  This sweet little light opens so many doors (or rooms) for me.  This may not be a good thing for my productivity though!


You can learn more about the Safco Lamp, as well as other promotional products , medical suppliesand office stationary at shoplet.com!

Genre Banners and a FREEBIE!

I have a new obsession, or should I say my students have a new obsession.  They love filling out banners, and I love making them!  I have eleven banner topics so far...


Most of my banners are for holidays and special occasions.  Genre Banners can be used year round.

It includes nine genre banners (realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, non-fiction, poetry, folktales, and biography).  Each genre comes in two different styles.

My students completed the non-fiction banner yesterday.  You can see the two different styles above.

You can download my Non-fiction Banner by clicking on the picture below.

You can take a closer look at my entire Genre Banners product in my TpT store, as well as all my other banners!  You can purchase all eleven banners and all other future banners in my Banners for the Entire School Year at a huge discount!


Pentel Pens and Pencils

I was recently asked by Shoplet.com Office Supplies to review several types of pens and pencils from Pentel.  I'm always happy to review items that I use everyday in my classroom!

I reviewed Pentel Vicuna Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Pentel Twist Erase III Mechanical Pencils, and Pentel EnerGel Retractable Gel Pens.

The Pentel Vicuna Retractable Pens are wonderful!  I love these pens for grading papers!  My students hate the dreaded red pen (seriously, they asked me not to use red!).  This pack of ballpoint pens comes in eight colors.  I can choose a different color each day of the week.  I also used them for lesson plans.  The different colors are great for color code each subject in my plan book.  The pen has a .7 mm fine point.  I love writing with fine point pens!

 Papermate Twist-tip mechanical pencils have been my go to pencil for years.  I like the twist-tip over the push pencil.  The Pentel Twist Erase may become my new favorite.  Even though it is a push mechanical, the lead doesn't seem to break as easily as other push pencils.  My favorite part of the pencil is the twist eraser.  It measures about an inch and is replacable.  This is different from the Papermate.  I always seems to run out of eraser long before the lead runs out.

The Pentel EnerGel is such a fancy pen.  I love the teal color!  It has a thicker body which makes it very comfortable to hold, and it's very sturdy.  This pen is a medium point (not my favorite).

You can check these pens and pencil out, as well as other promotional products , medical suppliesand office stationary at shoplet.com!


Bright Ideas: Using a Paper Towel Holder in the Classroom

Welcome to the "Bright Ideas" blog hop!

I have O.C.D. (Organized Classroom Disorder)!  I like everything to have its place and things to be tidy.  One of the hardest teaching tools to find a place for are anchor charts.  I make anchor charts for every subject.  Some anchor charts are on chart paper, and others are made on Power Point slides to display on the Smart Board.  I like to keep anchor charts available for students to use as a resource throughout the year.  Unfortunately, anchor charts can quickly take over a classroom.  This is where the paper towel holder comes into play.  It makes a perfect mini anchor chart holder!  Here's how:
1.  Purchase a wooden paper towel holder, loose-leaf rings, cardstock, and three hole paper protectors
2.  Decorate your paper towel holder.  This step is optional.  I just like to paint everything!
3.  Add cardstock to each paper protector for stability.  Place loose-leaf rings through each hole in your paper protectors.  Remove the middle piece of the holder and slide the rings on before screwing it back onto the base.
4.  Insert mini anchor charts into the paper protectors.  Students can flip through the charts to find the one they need.
If you want to allow anchor charts to be removed for students to take to their seats, use three hole pocket dividers instead of paper protectors.

I hope you find this organizer to be useful in your classroom!  For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below!  Thanks for visiting! 



Teaching students to edit and revise

I love teaching writing.  I hate teaching students to edit and revise!  This task can be especially challenging for reluctant writers.  In the past, I've made anchor charts, conferenced with students until I'm blue in the face, tried peer editing, etc.  You name it, I've tried it.  It wasn't until I made my Close Reading on a Ring product that I thought, "Why can't students edit and revise on a ring?"


When my students finish their rough draft, they have the option of grabbing an Editing and Revising Tool Kit.  The kit contains everything they need to edit and revise their piece.  The plastic pencil case contains eight colored pencils and a color key.


They also grab the editing and revising cards on the ring.  Each card gives students a task to complete to help them improve their story.

 When students finish flipping through the rings, their story is ready for the final copy!  Here is an example of one of the revising cards for substituting.

You can take a closer look at my Editing and Revising on a Ring product here.  I've included color and black & white cards for printing, as well as editable cards for you to add your own tasks.

Better than a white board...

I was recently asked by Shoplet.com Office Supplies to review the Best-rite Visionary Magnetic Glass Board.  While I love to review anything that can be used in my classroom, I was a little hesitant to review the board because I already have large white board and an easel white board in my classroom.  I went to Shoplet.com, read the product discription for the glass board, and decided to give it a try.  I am so glad I did.

The Best-rite Visionary Magnetic Glass Board isn't like a traditional white board!  It reminds me of a large glass cutting board.  The board can be mounted on the wall with the included hardware.  I didn't mount it in my classroom because I will probably be changing buildings next year, and the custodian isn't a fan of hanging things that are not permanent.  I was thinking of placing it on an easel until next year, but I was concerned that it might get knocked over.  It is a heavy duty glass, but I don't want to take any chances.
The board measures 24 X 18 and is an 1/8 of an inch thick.  I love the fact that the board is magnetic and dry erase.  You can use dry erase, window markers, and chalk markers on the board.  Everything erases so easily.  I just used a dry paper towel to erase my board.
The best part about the board is how vivid the colors are on it!  Light shines through the glass and really makes it pop.
I haven't decided if I will use the board as a message board outside my classroom door or to write my quote of the week on it from my Quote Jar.

There are so many different uses for the board.  It is definitely one product that I would highly recommend.
You can check it out also with other promotional products , medical suppliesand office stationary at shoplet.com!