Thursday, July 25, 2013

Things I CAN'T Teach Without Part 4 Equipment and Technology

I hope you're still with me. This is part 4 of things I CAN'T Teach Without. Today is all about Equipment and Technology. Most of the technology we really don't have a lot of control over. My principal gives us what the district lets us have. So hopefully I'm not too out-dated.
This is my NEW LOVE- My Smart board. I don't know how I taught without it. I'm still finding cool new ways to use it. I had to write a grant to get it but it was soooo worth it!!!
I also couldn't teach without my 'Elmo' document camera. And of course, neither would work without my projector. 
Our district bought us some Kindles last year and I'm finding cool apps and ways to use them more. My kiddos have even taught me a thing or two. 
Of course, I couldn't teach without my computer and I LOVE my iPearl hard shell case. It helps protect my MacBook Pro.

I LOVE my label maker! I use it for tons of things cause I'm a little OCD when it comes to organizing and I like things neatly labeled.

My second year of teaching, I bought my very own paper cutter with my own money. I CAN'T teach without it. I use it all the time. I even bought one for home so I can use it for school and church stuff.
Last by certainly not least, is my KIVA! (aka benches) My hubby made it for me about 10 years ago. There is even storage in the back. It's been re-carpeted and painted twice. If I had to pick only one thing that I CAN'T teach without it would be my KIVA. It's our gathering place, it's where I do over 80% of my teaching. It's more comfortable for my kiddos to sit for a longer period of time. It's easier for them to see because of the two levels.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!


Well, there you have it, some of the Things I CAN'T Teach Without. What things do you need to teach? I'd LOVE to hear your feedback.

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6 comments:

Teacher and Life Long Learner said...

The blessings of technology....

Shelly Sitz said...

I agree with you on the Smart Board. It makes teaching so much easier!

Shelly
Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

Teaching Little Miracles said...

Those benches are awesome! I had a Mimio at my old school, this year I will have a Smartboard (but I have to share)... But they have iPads--Hooray!

Crystal
Teaching Little Miracles

Mrs. Anderson said...

I love your benches!!!!
I've really enjoyed reading your "Things I Can't Teach Without" posts.
Connie Anderson:)
www.welcometofirstgraderoom5.blogspot.com

cdeforge said...


Love all your Things because I have most of them and LOVE them TOOO!
Could you post a picture of your bench without the kids so we can see how it is made? What a wonderful idea...2 levels for the kids to see.

Rikki said...

I love your technology post too. I have to tell you I have a Kiva too. My dad is a handy man and he made me one. It looks just like yours. I recently had to move rooms. The janitor tried to get me to get rid of it. It really needs to be recarpeted for the 3rd time. But I can't part without it. I'm the same as you I teach there probably 80 % of the time. I'm so sad I missed the Utah Blogger Meet Up. I've been taking a break from blogging this summer and I didn't see it until it was too late. Hopefully next year!
☀Rikki

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