School supplies are out at Wal-Mart.   I tried to walk by, I really did.  I even filled my cart up with groceries  and shampoo for my husband.  Then I made my mistake.  I thought  I would just *peek* to see if the composition folders were out because those tend to fly off shelves.

Oh my.

Suddenly, I had 25 red, 25 yellow, and 25 blue folders, 25 composition notebooks, 18 packs of glues sticks and 4 packs of cap erasers in my cart.  How did that happen?

Then I thought since I had already blown it, I might as well go down the college/ dorm room aisle (I am beginning to get a feeling of why my diets never work…hmmmm).  I found these awesome bath caddies of $1 each!  Score!  They are black and match my black borders!  I figure I will use them for communal supplies and set them on the black drawer sets at each table.  I thought six caddies for six dollars was a deal!


I need to make pretty labels for them… adding that to the to do list.

I am currently working on several things.  I like to start 200 projects.  Finishing them is not nearly as much fun!   One of them is a beginning of the year unit teaching students conventions of conversation.  So much of the new Common Core Standards revolve around students talking, but after my summer school experience I am learning kids talk AT each other, not with each other!  Right now it is about 6 partner activities.  I have two lessons around books planned- but  I need the books to ship from Amazon to make sure, and then I will move to conventions of conversations in a large group.  Whew.  Here is a sneak peak of everything so far…

I am hoping to get it finished  by the end of July     before 2013     soon. : )

Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website ( and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

2017-07-05T22:38:36+00:00 Categories: Uncategorized|

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