Teacher Tool Must Haves

Now I KNOW I'm crazy!  It's 9:00 on the night before the first day of school and I've decided to go ahead and link up with my friend, #TeacherMom, for her linky....it's every Monday during the month of August and I was going to just skip out on this one, but...well...I caved.

Here are my must have teacher tools for a "successful school" year....

Teacher Tool #1: A Schedule

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a schedule and routine driven person.  I'm lost without a plan, people.  Seriously.  It's like angelic choruses go off when I finally get my schedule posted in my room! AHHHHHHH! {sung at the very top of my lungs :)}  You can grab my schedule cards here...and now they are updated with an adorable new look!
The colorful I can objective cards can be found here.  They are included in my Common Core Units if you already have those or you can get them all separately.

Teacher Tool #2: Whole Brain Teaching
I just love love love the whole brain teaching philosophy.  This is one of my favorites {above}.  Whole class rewards through smilies and frownies.  What I love is the echo they give back because it just gets their attention so quickly.  And it makes a negative seem a little more tolerable when we all get to act out our "oh no" sad faces and voices!  You can grab all of my whole brain classroom management "stuff" here.

Teacher Tool #3: Silhouette 
Ya'll!!! My mother-in-law has one of those Silhouette machine thingies and they are pretty awesome! They can cut out just about anything.  And, honestly, I didn't really care too much about it until I started setting up my room.  Finding die cuts that are in western theme can be difficult.  I have never been able to find horse shoe die cuts that are the right size...or sheriff badges.  So this machine made this a ton easier!

My sweet mother-in-law cut out these horse shoes to decorate my hallway.

I love how they turned out!  She cut them on self-adhesive vinyl so they stick perfectly!

I forgot to get a closeup of these, but she also made boots and hats out of vinyl too!  Love the flexibility with this machine and so thankful for a mother-in-law willing to help! :)

Teacher Tool #4: Chalk Markers
I'm really not sure how I survived without chalk pens.  They are just the greatest.  I love that I can write on pretty much anything with them too....like labels, plant pots {a Fruit of the Spirit is on the front and back of each pot}....

And decorative chalkboards!  I had so much fun doodling one of my favorite Bible verses on this one for above my desk!
 which leads into my final Teacher Tool....

Teacher Tool #5: A positive attitude!
It's going to be a *great* year for me because I've decided it's going to be a great year.  And I'm choosing each day to see the good and admirable things in my students, my teaching and the people around me.

Check out more pics from my classroom on my Classroom Tour 2015 Blog!

And link up with your teacher tools for Back To School!

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