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Week 1 BTS in a Flash! Teacher Faves

Welcome! I am blessed to do what I do, and looking forward to the upcoming year with my students (when do you all start?). In that spirit, for the next month I will be joining in with a fabulous group of bloggers to help teachers ease back to school. This week focuses on teacher favorites. I am sharing some of my favorites and hope that you link up to share yours. 
First up are my favorite professional development books! This year I a have a FULL month of professional development. Yes, a month. Our first day of school is August 24th, and we have sessions from now until then. I am fortunate to enjoy most of the PD that my school provides. That said, I don't solely depend on my school to develop me. I seek out experiences, opportunities, and other resources that align with my educational philosophy, and students that I am teaching. I serve a large population of students of color and/or from low income communities. Many of my students have similar life experiences to me, BUT I don't make assumptions about my students, and constantly think about how my practices are affirming my students and giving them ownership in the classroom. Some of my favorite authors with related interests are Dr. Lisa Delpit, Dr. Beverly Tatum, and Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings... to name a few.  I have BIG news about my school model, which is unlike anything I've ever read about (more coming soon), but part of this new model led me to think about my role in the classroom. Check out the excerpt below from the second edition of Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Teachers by Dr. Ladson-Billings. This book is for every teacher, regardless of your class population. 
The second book is Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov. I was first introduced to this book about five years ago, and love so many of the techniques! He recently released the 2.0 version. I haven't bought it yet, but I have this pocket guide that highlights changes. Check it out and tell me what you think!

Another one of my favorites are hanging buckets from IKEA. Not only are these stylish, but they are also versatile. The pots are heavy ceramic, and can be used to hold small plants, or school supplies. I recently saw a picture that had chalkboard labels on the front, which I *might* try out this year.

Last, but not least, I want to share my love of writing utensils! My current favorites are Staedler marker pens, but in all honesty I love so many different types of pens! Whenever my husband and I seperate in Target, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, or even the grocery store he usually finds me in the pencil isle. #noshame #iheartpens

I'd love for you to link up and share some of your favorites! You can check out this post to find out information on upcoming topics! See you soon!


  1. I love ikea and had those buckets in my office a few years ago! Great post and thanks for linking up!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  2. I am also addicted to pens! And I have those hanging Ikea pockets in four places at school! Perfect place to store the massive pen collection. And so inexpensive!

    Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher

  3. I love those hanging buckets! I wish we could hang things in our classrooms :) Happy New School Year!

  4. Oh yes! Staedtlers are awesome pens! I totally agree!