Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Bookish and Teaching Items I Wouldn't Mind for Hanukkah

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! I'm reversing the posts for today and next week, especially since Hanukkah starts tonight (Happy Hanukkah!).


1. Paper clips

The number one item that I actually really want is paper clips. Before becoming a teacher, I never realized how valuable paper clips are. I use them all the time, and I never have enough. Plus, I like the colors and cool designs they sometimes come in.

2. Binder clips

If paper clips are useful, binder clips are indispensable. Paper clips are great for individual assignments, but if I have a whole stack? Binder clips are the only way to go. And even these come in fun designs now too.

3. Post-It Notes

Post-It Notes are so great for jotting down notes for me, notes for students, notes to anyone and everyone. They're so quick, easy, and accessible. And nobody can get mad when I'm writing on a hot pink background, right? Or lime green? You just can't take it that seriously.

4. Book Markers/Post-It Flags

And if Post-It Notes are great, well, book markers are even better! They're Post-It Notes specifically designed for books, so I can mark my favorite passages, or whatever I want to point out to students, but I'm not desecrating any books in the process. Brilliance.

5. Books on Teaching

I'm still a fledgling, and I know there's a lot more I could learn about pedagogy. I haven't had a lot of time this semester, but hopefully (*knock on wood*) I'll have more next semester, I can spend some time studying up and honing my skills. Any teachers out there have recommendations? I teach college during the year; fourth and fifth graders in the summer.


1. Steles of the Sky by Elizabeth Bear

I know I want it. Honestly, I will probably get it for myself.

2. The Martian by Andy Weir

Apparently I should move this up on my TBR list.

3. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

I really want to read it.

4. The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books by Azar Nafisi

I've been looking forward to this for years!

5. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

I've been saying I'm going to read it for years now.

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