Rockin' Resources Linky Party

Today I am linking up with one of my all time FAVORITE blogger   babes the hilarious, Kelley from Teacher Idea Factory for her linky party Rockin' Resources ~ Part Deux.  I love, love, love this party.
If you want to see my post from the last time we rocked this party out click here.  

Here are my must haves for the classroom:

1.  Cordless Glue Gun ~ This is one of the best purchases I have made.  My classroom has concrete walls and only ONE bulletin board.  The only way that I can hang things up is with my glue gun so it being cordless comes in very handy.
TIP: Laminated things stick to my wall and then peel off fine.  For construction paper I put masking tape on the back first before using my glue gun.

 2.  Stikki Clips ~ Since I only have one bulletin board, I created a wall using laminated scrapbook paper and these stikki clips (thank you Proteach for this idea).  It's hard to see from this picture but each sheet has 2 clips on the top.  When I'm ready to switch the kids papers, I just pull off the sheets and slide in their new project.  I've seen some people use clothespins but these have worked great for me.
This is the fourth year that this wall has been up and I haven't lost a clip or scrapbook paper yet.

3.  Name Badges and Clips ~ I write my kids name and lunch number on name tags, laminate them and put them in these badges.  My kids wear these for lunch and special area time for the first few month of school until the other teachers learn their names.  We also use these for field trips, substitutes and guest speakers.
I buy mine at Walmart but they sometimes have the vertical ones at the Dollar Tree

4.  The Desk Apprentice ~ It's big, it's expensive but it was worth the money.  This is one of the ways I try to keep piles of stuff off my desk. This baby holds a ton of my stuff and I love it.
The original is only available at Staples but only buy it when it goes on sale for 50% off.

5.  Handwriting Without Tears ~ Ahhhhh my new favorite classroom tool.  This is a handwriting program that I started using in my classroom this year and I saw amazing results.  I pinky promise that I will be doing at least one post about this soon (when and if I can ever stop hooking up with these great linky parties).

There you have it, my updated list.  Be sure to hop on over to Kelley's blog and join the party. 
Well, I'm off to stalk some more. SHINE on everyone!


  1. I am addicted to those name badges, too. My table captains wear them and they think they're all that and more because they have a clip on badge. The clips look intriguing, too. I use clothespins, but those look a little classier! I've seen them, but never really SEEN them. Love my glue gun, too!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. My district is supposed to be looking into Handwriting Without Tears. It's good to know that you like it. The truth is, my kids end up having good handwriting as it is, so I've been a little skeptic. I'll try to be openminded! :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. I have tried using those sticky clips before and can never get them to stay up. I have absolutely no clue what I am doing wrong, but I end up just giving up. I guess you need to be smarter than the object your working with :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  4. I need to get myself some of these supplies! I like the cordless glue gun. I too have concrete walls (uhg!). The desk apprentice looks nice too. Ohh and I can't forget the bulletin board you created!
    Where Seconds Count

  5. Sweet Stacy . . . you did indeed come up with a gem of an idea. Thanks so much for the idea to bring this puppy back and for linking up. I never really thought about the challenges cement walls must bring. Holy Glue Gun :) Great list my friend.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  6. Wow, I didn't know they had cordless glue guns. I need to get one.


  7. Cordless glue gun? WHO KNEW!!!

    I might be using your stikki clips idea this year. I don't think I will have any kind of bulletin board and won't be able to staple into the wall like in my old classroom. Thanks for the tips!

    The Frizz in First Grade

  8. I have the cordless glue gun but, where do you get the stickki clips?


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