1. When I first started teaching (a whopping 6 years ago), I scooped up a couple of Walkmans and went to the freebie table in our staff lounge (a cemetery where old teacher crap goes to die until the custodian has a proper trash can funeral) to score some books on tape. I think I found 6 tapes and maybe 3 had the books to go with them. Fast forward a couple of years later and after patiently teaching 7 year olds how to use a Walkman (apparently it's a generational thing) year after year, I decided to update the center. I brought in my own iPod touch daily already (to listen to the Storytown weekly text every Tuesday), so I figured that would work. I bought some earphones with individual volume adjusters (yay!) from Lakeshore, a headphone splitter, and about 15 iTunes audio books that I already had at least 5 copies of. Ta-da! Modern listening center. Is there a listening center piece that could make this better? What does yours consist of? Do you have a Fred Flinstone (old) or a George Jetson (new) center? And since I'm not in the classroom yet (2 more weeks for me), just imagine a little clear tub with these items...like I said, pardon this post!
4. Back to school shopping is in full effect. My first year of teaching, I found spiral notebooks for a penny each. ONE PENNY. I haven't seen it again (trust me, I'm vigilant about it). Here's what I saw yesterday:
5. It's been beautiful and hot (75 is hot for me) all week. Went downtown (15 minute drive from my house) and had lunch at The "Fish" (Twisted Fish is a restaurant on the dock). It's tourist season, so it's very crowded, but on days like these, it's worth it!