I ♥ Vista Print! Like most teachers, at first I thought it was way too good to be true. Alas, it is legit and I love it. I am not as addicted as some but I enjoy it just the same.
Here are some of my creations from the 2010-2011 school year:
Stole this idea from someone else. I LOVE this stamp! Toward the end of the year the kids would hear the telltale clicking of the stamper and sigh!
Business Cards to send home. Of course I am no longer teaching 5th grade but I will reuse them anyway and change 5th to 2nd! These came in super handy throughout the year.
I also stole this idea from someone else. I use these as conference reminder cards. They were AWESOME. I even told the kiddos if they brought the card to the conference I would stamp it and every stamped card earned an ice cream. I had 100% conferences!!
When I taught 2nd grade before, my principal shared "Ready Position" with my class and I. I have used it since and this handy magnet on the whiteboard is great for subs!
Small magnets for student names (I ended up with 2 sets so 50 total). I used them for our behavior ladder to start the year last year. This coming year I want to use them for groups.
Post-Cards that I used as "Rock Star" awards (our theme was Hollywood). Kiddos who went above and beyond would earn a Rock Star award. The back was blank and I wrote personal messages on them for whatever the good deed was that I noticed. Sometimes it was simply completing 100% HW for the month or as huge as being a mentor to a younger student.
Creations I have purchased (so far!) for the 2011-2012 school year:
Business Cards to be used a Debit/Credit longs for classroom economy. I actually ordered these when I thought I was still teaching 5th grade next year. I'm not 100% positive if I'm going to use them this year or not.
Post cards to send home to capture personal information on. We only get info cards that go to the office and I figured this would be an easy way for parents to fill this out and get it back to me and they're small and easier to store. I am thinking of stapling them inside each student's personal folder with their communication log.
Clip Chart banner -- I made my own last year and wanted something a little more durable for next year. I will NEVER use another behavior system ever again!
Business Cards to send home with kiddos when they reach "Outstanding". I realized AFTER I ordered that it says "move" instead of "moved"....my anal-retentiveness will just have to hope none of the parents notice! I added that list of things so I can easily circle the thing(s) that contributed to them being able to clip up.
Stole this idea from someone else too. I LOVED the idea since I HATE IT when kids forget to put their names on papers (especially toward the end of the year!). I wanted a better place to put no-name papers and this fabulously large magnet will be a big help so I can keep them in a small spot on the whiteboard.
Personalized Mug -- I just liked the sun because it looks so happy and I'm on a quest to be positive! I don't drink coffee but this will still be perfect for my mid-morning Diet Coke fix!
Lastly I ordered these magnets to give to my students in their welcome kits. They can stick them on their fridge at home so they have a special place to hold wonderful work they bring home.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my creations! I had SO MUCH FUN making them!!