One of the Instagram Photo-a-Day Teacher Challenges a few weeks ago was to post your pencil sharpeners. Here was my pic:
Classroom Friendly Supplies, and in front are a few cheap-o hand sharpeners that I use for colored pencils only. No colored pencils in the electric or CFS sharpener, as I don't want the blades to get ruined.
Someone commented on my photo, saying that she thought it was such a great idea that I used hand sharpeners for colored pencils. My first thought was, really? I didn't think it was that ingenious. But then it got me to thinking...
How many other things am I doing in my classroom that are "good ideas," but I don't even realize it?
I started blogging back in June because I wanted to share my teaching ideas with the world... or whoever wanted to read them :) As I read and followed other bloggers, I got sucked into the TPT world. Don't get me wrong; I love creating and giving away products, and I'm super thankful for my buyers, as we're using the money I'm making to help with a down payment for our next house :) But some days I get a little irritated. I feel like some blogs and even Pinterest are turning into big sales pitches. I've even stopped following some Pinterest boards because all they pinned were paid products. My blog started getting that way too, which was pretty disappointing for me.
So I decided it was time to get back to my roots. I got in touch with my BBB Jean from Diving Into 2nd Grade, who was also having some of the same feelings I'd been having. We had a little brainstorm, and came up with this: