Blog Swap Sunda with Kristy from Teaching Times 2

Today I am so excited to have Kristy Pruett from TeachingTimes2 for Blog Swap Sunday.  Kristy has some great ideas to share for Back to School. I hope you enjoy them like I did!

Hi, I am Kristy Pruett from Teachingtimes2 and I am so excited to do this blog swap with Ms. Amy. She is the sweetest thing. I know everyone  is getting ready for back to school or maybe you have already started like we have. Two weeks in!! Only 170 more days to go, but who's counting...I have been teaching for 14 years but for the past 5 have put my roots down it first and love it. I have a twin sister that teaches second grade right across the hall. So I hope you liked me in first because your going to see me again next year. LOL.. She's a great teacher and gets many requests at the beginning of the year. I'll toot her horn just a little. She's the other part of our blog from Teachingtimes2. I was wanting to share some ideas from my classroom that I hope would be helpful for a new school year.
If your like our school, everything gets moved out in the summer time from our classrooms to clean the floors and such.. It's at this time I get the itch for something different in my room, I'll start suffering the internet for new ideas and pictures to inspire me. This year all it took was one sign and I was hooked:
Hobby Lobby is my second home. I pay rent there monthly for as much time that I am there and as much as I spend, at least that is what my husband says. I found this sign there and found my next room. Usually, I always go with a theme in my room.,ocean,frogs,bees,bears, but finally decided after seeing this sign to go with colors instead of a theme. So after purchasing it, I bought accessories that matched. A lot of blues and greens.I also recently fell in love with washi tape as well. Had no clue what it was until recently and now it is washi mania in my room. You can use it anywhere:
On your computers......

 on your bins.........

on your wall....

On your Mailboxes.....

Even the kitchen sink.Well.... maybe not the kitchen sink, but the
mirror above it anyway.
I also have become quite the "Command Hook Commando" in my room. You can do anything with Command hooks.

Use command hooks to hold your standards up on your board..

Use them as a headphone holder for your computers...

I even use the picture command hook strips on my fabric in my room, beats velcro hands down.
Whatever color or theme you choose this year, also think of the little things like washi tape and command hooks to finish the look off.  I also wanted to share with you my "Must Haves" this year for the beginning of the year. One of them is my "SECRECT WEAPON". Every teacher must have a Secrect Weapon. You know the one I'm talking about. It is the one thing that you can always turn to that will never let you down in terms of classroom management. Well, if you don't have one then look no further, I have the answer for you and here it is.
WHAMMMM!Looks so innocent doesn't he.
Well, he really is but he has become the most valuable assest in my room. You push his foot and he will play music and flop his ears up and down. Students will do anything to get to push him. I bought him and a yard sale and he has been the best$1.00 investment I ever made.
One more must have this year are my Bloom's Taxonomy Posters that I made in the summer.

I got so tired of running back to my lesson plan to make sure that I used  different words throughout my lessons to hit different learners. These are very helpful for me and my students. You can make your own or check out ours. Sooo glad I made these.
Click here to check out Posters
However you fix your room or whatever becomes your "Secret Weapon" this year,  I hope that you have a wonderful school year and stop by and visit us and Ms. Amy throughout the year.
Thanks, Kristy Pruett From

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