It's time for Spotlight Saturday!! This link up is like a Teacher's Show and Tell, where we get to share our favorite products, resources, activities, ideas, tips, tricks, and anything else we can share with each other to make our classroom lives easier, more awesome, or both!
I'm always so excited to read all about the amazing Spotlights that are shared through this link up each week! You can link up at the end of this post!!
This week I am Spotlighting my FAVORITE getting-ready-for-school helper! It's that time of year when I am headed back to school and need to get all sorts of different things printed, laminated, and cut out. Last summer I found this little gem in the crafting aisle of Wal-Mart. This is my Fiskars SureCut Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer, and I LOVE IT!!! It is so incredibly perfect to use when trimming papers that have straight lines, even when they are laminated!
This little beauty is a HUGE help when I'm cutting things out for the classroom! I used this to cut out and trim up my number line, alphabet line, shape posters, and so much more!! This cutter is so easy to use! All you do is place the page under the metal bar and line up where you want to trim, then slide then handle up or down. The blade slices right through laminated cardstock, construction paper, and scrapbook paper. It's perfect for trimming up the edges of papers or slicing pages in half. Best of all, it gives you a straight line each and every time!! I'm not one of those blessed people who can cut a straight line. Like, at all. I always end up getting all slanted at the end.
It really helps me save time when cutting things out, like these welcome cards for my Dragons. It only took a few quick slices to get these cut apart and trimmed up!! I would definitely 100% recommend this to anyone who ever has to cut out something on a straight line!!
I also use it to trim down different things I use around the room, like locker tags and hallway work display tags. That made it a bit easier to cut everything out. Once I had it trimmed down to a more manageable size, I could then cut it out with scissors. I'm on the lookout for a really great pair of scissors, so if you have some suggestions I'd love for you to leave them in the comments!!
Now it's your turn!! Link up and share your favorite products, tips, tricks, and anything else that we could use in our classrooms to make life a little bit easier, more awesome, or both!
Feel free to use either of the Spotlight Saturday images to help advertise your post! Read the rules below and then link up to share your Spotlight!!
1) You need to spotlight an educational resource that either you have created or you have found from someone else and love! This means you must link up with a blog post you have written putting an activity or idea in the Spotlight. Please do not link directly to a product in Teachers Pay Teachers or Teacher's Notebook or similar sites.
2) If you are Spotlighting a product from your own TPT store or that of another seller, make sure that in your blog post you Spotlight a freebie or a paid product. If you have a freebie and a paid product from the same seller, feel free to use both in your post. If all you have is a freebie, then post about the freebie and how you used it. You can also Spotlight a freebie that someone else created along with a product that you created.
2) Make sure to give credit where credit is due! You will need to include the name of the creator as well as a link to their TPT or Teacher's Notebook store where others can get a copy of the resource as well.
3) Include pictures of the product in your post, either screen shots or photographs of your kiddos actually using the product. Give us a snapshot, just a brief glimpse into how the product or activity works. Just an image of the cover and one of the pages you have listed in the preview of the activity on TPT would be fine. It gives readers a visual and helps them better understand what your product is all about.
4) Make sure to leave a comment on the post of the two people before your post and the person after. This will help get conversation rolling, and will make sure everyone feels recognized for their efforts!
5) This is not the place to share your frustrations or disappointment with an activity or how you would have done it differently. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase that is a private conversation you need to have with the seller via email. This is not a link up to bash any sellers or their products, and any posts like that WILL BE DELETED!!
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