First day!

Tomorrow is the first day of school. These are the good things that have happened over the past three workdays:

1) I got a new parking spot in the shade.

So I’m hoping things will get better when the kids get here.  I should have a good group this year, just a lot of them (over 160 at last count).

Instead of lesson planning last night, I thought I should make some posters because fonts > freaking out.

First my classroom rules:

CAM00136Three cool things about this 1) I made it using PicMonkey, from the same people that brought you Picnik if you used that back in the day before Google killed it.  I haven’t played around a lot with PicMonkey, but I definitely could see myself spending lots of time there.  2) I printed it as an engineering print at Staples for $1.85! Warning: after laminating, the hot glue affected it oddly as you can see in the corners.  I was using high-temp glue which I normally don’t use so I don’t know if that was part of the problem.  But I’m willing to live with it for $1.85 (that’s including tax, my friend.)  3) Here’s the file.

Then I went to work on Glenn’s 3 Essential Rules of Math  Behold:

CAM00137Thanks to some crafty suggestions, I’m going to jazz it up with some washi tape and/or bulletin board border, but I still like them.  Here is both the pdf and word.

Then today I went to work on my beginning of school Powerpoint.  Do you like memes?  Well then, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy.

Also if you note in slide 5, TMC put me over the hump in states!  Thanks, Jenks!
One final image: There was a discussion on twitter that some people don’t own 12 different rolls of washi tape, or perhaps not even know about washi tape!  It is “pretty” masking tape that you can write on and also peel off of most things without damaging it.  You can usually find it in the scrapbooking section.  Office supply stores also carry it, but they are sometimes a bit pricey. I don’t know if Target still has the four rolls for $4 in the office supply section, but it’s worth a look.  There are many things you can do with it, but this is my fave:
01-washi tapeWe have a table in our entryway with all of our different white power cords.  Add some washi tape to the end to easily identify.  If you’d like to be even more clever, add the same color to the other end of the cord in case you have to unplug it.  And if you’d like to be super clever, you can put the tape just on the top of the plugs that have an orientation.  Yes, that means always plugging it in correctly on the first try.  You’re welcome.

5 comments on “First day!

  1. Oh Meg- I love you! Your memes are awesome. Btw it’s year 14 for me, too. Twinning!

    • We were totally separated at birth! 🙂

  2. […] The Three Essential Rules – from day one, these are the only “rules” I will ever talk about. Log […]

  3. Okay Meg. You got it. Post one is done, setting the stage and getting ready to go. It has begun!

    • You’re a rock star, Glenn! Thanks!!

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