NEW LINKY PARTY! Classroom Quick Tips

One of the Instagram Photo-a-Day Teacher Challenges a few weeks ago was to post your pencil sharpeners. Here was my pic:
The two electric sharpeners don't work, then there's my beloved pencil sharpener from 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:
It's super simple. Tomorrow, just take a slow walk around your classroom. Take a close look around at EVERYTHING. What's something you have/do in your classroom that makes your life as a teacher easier? The key words are "Quick Tips." Snap a photo and tell us a little ditty about how your tip helps you. The only rule is that you may not link up with a paid product. Freebies are A-OK! This linky is set to launch this Thursday and will continue weekly on Thursdays. We hope you'll join in on the fun with us!


  1. I heart this post! One of the reasons I don't have TPT is because I would be tempted to shift focus of my blog. When TPT sales come along...I get over 500 posts. Most are just sale reminders. Thanks for returning to roots.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  2. I only started in January and already feel that I write too much about my paid products. I'm looking forward to Thursday and already have an idea or two. Is the theme going to be the same each week?

    Third Grade Galore

  3. LOL! Woops! I don't know why I thought we were doing this Wednesday! That's ok, I'll do mine tomorrow and we'll be staggered. :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  4. I am so glad to read your blog. I have been feeling the same way about several of the blogs I follow...they are just infomercials. I certainly appreciate the time people put in creating their items and I do understand that you deserve compensation, but when I first started following teacher blogs, I was just so excited about seeing what other teachers were doing as I am the only second grade teacher in my school. All of you were my way to revive my teaching.


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