Teacher Toolbox: A Makeover and A Freebie

Although I love school supplies, organizing them is something that I have always struggled with.  Not anymore!   Last year I started using a Teacher Toolbox to organize my supplies and it was an absolute game changer. I made some fun labels to help me organize and it made life so much easier for myself and my students!

Check out these teacher toolbox makeover!  This post has two editable teacher toolbox labels with clip art and a FREEBIE.  Your school supplies will be so much more organized with this teacher toolbox!


This year I decided it was time to change up my classroom colors and decor so it was clear that my wonderful toolbox needed a makeover as well!  So with some spray paint and a dream I transformed my toolbox! I had never used spray paint before so it took me a full 48 hours to get up the courage to use it, but I’m happy with the results.  However, now I feel like there are so many more things that would be better with a fresh coat of spray paint.

Check out these teacher toolbox makeover!  This post has two editable teacher toolbox labels with clip art and a FREEBIE.  Your school supplies will be so much more organized with this teacher toolbox!

I used these editable labels to designate a drawer for everything.  There is a nice variety of school supplies included and they were easy to stick to the drawers with double sided tape.  Click on the image below to find two sets of editable labels with clip art, as well as free editable labels without.


No toolbox?  No problem!  One of my friends uses these labels for her supply bins!  Thank you so much for stopping by - happy organizing!

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Check out these teacher toolbox makeover!  This post has two editable teacher toolbox labels with clip art and a FREEBIE.  Your school supplies will be so much more organized with this teacher toolbox!


Teacher vs. Students



Click to read more about Teacher vs. Students.  A quick teacher tip that is a fun way to keep students engaged in a whole/small group activity.




Instagram Inspiration: June


I am obsessed with Instagram!  It makes me think I need thinks that I don't but it also inspires me to try new things in my classroom!  Here are 5 June Instagram posts that I loved.  You will find some organizational tips, a reading challenge, projects and teacher quotes!

The first step in recovery is admitting that you have a problem.  I have a problem with Instagram.  I love it and I am on it waaaaaay too much!  It makes me want things I don’t need but it also inspires me to try new things.  So I am going to combine my love of Instagram and blogging by starting a new monthly feature: Instagram Inspiration.  I will share my 5 favorite Instagram pics from my feed.  Welcome to the June edition:

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Erin Condren Teacher Planner:

Here is the perfect example of Instagram making me think I can't live without something.  I usually make my own planner on the computer, but this year I'm going to give this beauty a try!  Since I am not a classroom teacher I do not need to log absences.  Rather than waste a page I decided to create the template for my passwords.

If you would like to do the same - click here: http://bit.ly/ECpasswordPage
I recommend cutting the label, sticking it to another blank label, and then applying it!

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Summer Reading Challenge:

This is also something that I came across on Instagram!  It is a freebie from A Teachable Teacher's Teachers Pay Teachers store.  My teammates and I added some mystery by sealing it with a label that said "Top Secret."  The front label said that they could not open the envelope until the first day of summer!  This Summer Reading Challenge had a nice variety for students so we were able to use it for students in K-5.

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Crayon Storage:

This is one of my favorite organizational tips from Pinterest!  A travel soap container ($1 at Walmart) can hold a box of 24 crayons!  I used to have kids share from a large bin of crayons, but it is so nice for kids to have they own set that is in an easy to manage container!

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End of the Year Teacher Gifts:

One of my friends is a chalkboard extraordinaire!  She also happens to be one of my son's teachers so I knew that there was no better end of the year gift other than - you guessed it - a chalkboard. Unfortunately she has crazy chalkboard skills and I don't.  So I cheated!  I found a quote, displayed it on my Promethean board and traced it onto the chalkboard in pencil.  Then I went over the letters with my chalkboard pen.  In case you were wondering...I am now also obsessed with chalkboards.

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Saying Goodbye:

An amazing teacher from my school just retired and this is one of the five (that is not a typo) cakes that we had for her.  This has always been one of my favorite quotes about teachers and it is so perfect for this particular person.  

Thank you so much for checking out my first installment of Instagram Inspiration!







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Instagram makes me think i need things that I don't but it also inspires me to try new things in my classroom!  Here are 5 June Instagram posts that I loved.  You will find some organizational tips, a reading challenge, projects and teacher quotes!