Well, Spring Break 2012 is coming to a close. I get up bright and early tomorrow and have to leave at 7:45 am for a 10 hour car ride back to Tulsa. It's been so nice and relaxing, and I'm not so sure I'm ready to go back to school yet. Anywho, those are the thoughts popping into my head tonight.

On a happier note, I'm creating wish lists for graduation!  I'm going to websites and finding things I want for my future classroom that people who want to celebrate my graduation from college can get me! It's fun, but overwhelming!! And that's where you come in. I'm looking for expertise in this area, especially expert teachers who can tell me what I will need for my classroom! By the way, I'm hoping to teach somewhere between 3-5 grade. So if you are reading this, and you can help me out, here are my questions:
  • What do I absolutely positively NEED for my classroom?
  • What books do you recommend for starting a classroom library?
  • How do you stay organized?
  • What are things you wish you had your first years of teaching?
Love, Allie


  1. If you haven't read the book The First Days of School by Harry & Rosemary Wong then I would. It is amazing and is how I run my classroom. It works for classroom management.

    Also, you think you need a lot of stuff in your classroom but you actually need a lot less than you would think as far as supplies go. I would wait and see what the school offers before spending a ton of dough . . . I definately learned a lesson there . . hundreds of dollars unnecessarily spent.

    And . . . for books I would hit up local goodwill and used book stores. I get some amazing deals on quality books from these places. I didn't start building my collection until I was settled into my classroom and I used books from the school library. My librarian lets me check out 200 - 300 books at a time. This way I could be pickier about what I spent my money on instead of trying to buy a large quantity at one time.

    Best of luck to you and come check out my blog sometime! :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac Blog

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, I had to read The First Days of School for one of my classes! I loved it! And I'm planning on getting all my books from thrift stores and such! As well as waiting to spend the money! I'm just making lists of what other people can spend money on to give me for graduation :). Thanks for your advice!
      Love, Allie


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