Cricut DIYs For Your Classroom

A few weeks ago, my sister purchased the Cricut Explore Air 2. (Side note: I think it's the coolest thing ever!) She has been so kind in helping me put together a few things for myself and my classroom. Thank you so much, Natalie! My classroom is going to look adorable!

Check them out below:

Monday Through Friday Folders

When I was working as a preschool teacher, my co-teacher and I organized our lesson plans in Monday through Friday folders. It worked out great! I decided to implement this organization technique into my current teaching career. The labels are not only going to help me stay organized throughout the year, but they look so cute! Bonus: the folders were only 99 cents from Target. This is a great way to spice up your lesson planning folders on a budget.

New and Used Pencil Buckets

I've seen these everywhere on Pinterest. However, because of current conditions, I decided to put my own spin on the cups. Instead of saying "Dull" and "Sharp" on the buckets, I put "New" and "Used." This will help me differentiate between the pencils that have been used and the ones that have not. At the end of the day, I will be able to take the pencils that have been used and sanitize them for the next day. And, again, these buckets were only $1 at Hobby Lobby. Steal!

Popsicle Sticks Bucket

Like I mentioned earlier, these buckets were only $1 from Hobby Lobby. I picked up this pink one because... I thought it was cute tbh. I designed this label in Picmonkey and absolutely love it. I'm going to use it to hold popsicle sticks for brain breaks.

Starbucks Reusable Cup

My sister was so sweet and surprised me with this DIY. I absolutely love the way it turned out. I'm going to use this everyday!

I am hoping to share some more DIYs with you all in the future. Let me know what y'all would like to see!

5th Grade Teacher Amazon Wish List

I am super excited to announce that I landed my first full-time job as a 5th grade teacher at a private school. Throughout my undergraduate career, I volunteered for an organization that promoted emotional, intellectual, and social growth for at-risk migrant children. I absolutely loved my experience working with this organization and the children. Because of my love for working with the children, I decided to pursue a full-time teaching career. 

Here's my 5th Grade Teacher Amazon Wish List:

Hello Sunshine Teacher Planner

One of the main things I need is a teacher planner. (If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!) I saw this one on Amazon-- it has everything I need. Or, at least, I think I need. I also love the  cover. It's so fun!

*Update: I purchased the Big Happy Teacher Planner. I am thrilled with my decision! I love that I can purchase inserts and stickers to help me maximize time and space. I am hoping to get my hands on this sticker packet before the school year starts.

I have heard such great things about these pens. I am so excited to get my hands on these. I hear they are perfect for grading.

*Update: I picked a huge pack up at Sam's Club. I can see what all of the hype is about. I can't wait to use these to grade papers. 

Lilly Pulitzer Clipboard Folio

While browsing Amazon for clipboards, I came across this one from Lilly Pulitzer. I am obsessed! I love the colorful pattern. It also has a pad folio inside for all of my PD notes. Yes, please!!

3 Tier Stackable Letter Trays

This will definitely come in handy when organizing papers. I can use it for students to turn in homework, tests, etc. Or, I can use it on my desk to store papers that I need to copy or papers I need to grade. I definitely plan on ordering a few of these if my school doesn't already provide them.

Scotch Thermal Laminator Combo Pack

I recently joined a Facebook Group called Not So Wimpy 5th Grade Teachers. I stated that I was a first-year teacher and was in need of some recommendations for things I should purchase. More than 50% of responders suggested I purchase a laminator to keep at home. 

Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens

These pens will be great for planning. They're super smooth.

Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

I'm sure my IT Department will have one of these, but if not, I plan on purchasing my own. This will allow my to connect my personal laptop with projector/smart board.

Sproutbrite Classroom Decoration Banner Poster Pack - Growth Mindset Wall Display

And, of course, as a first-year teacher, I am in need of some decor. With my background in psychology, I've learned a lot about the importance of growth mindsets and want my students to know what it means to have one. This poster would look super cute in my classroom.

*Update: I went to Hobby Lobby today and wrote down a few more things that I want for my classroom. They have the cutest signs and door decorations. I'm hoping to pick some stuff up within the next few weeks and share a haul with y'all.

I am so excited to be a 5th Grade teacher. Throughout the rest of the summer, I plan on doing more blog posts revolving around my career.