As a mom, an educator, and a wife, I have a lot of things to keep track of. I did a pretty good job over the years, but I never felt like I had a concrete way of keeping up with it all. Everything was always spread around between different calendars, sticky notes, and apps, so it was hard to remember where everything was.
A friend at work showed me her bullet journal a few years ago, and I was really intrigued by the idea of it, so I started doing some research. Now, I’m completely hooked.
If you read my posts about Canva and Sway, you’ll know that I’m not afraid to admit that I need help when it comes to anything involving graphic design. As teachers, we need all the (free) help we can get. Fortunately, there are a ton of free tools out there to help us design beautiful posters, anchor charts, projects, newsletters, and crafty personal projects.
Whether it’s anchor charts, lesson plans, flyers, or newsletters home, teachers are always creating. It’s easy to pull up a document and type something up, but it doesn’t necessarily look pretty or polished. I’ve seen teachers go to TPT to buy anchor charts because they look prettier than what they can make (even though the content is the same), because they want their classroom to look cute.
Save your money. With Canva, you’ll be churning out gorgeous content in no time. Heck, you could probably even sell it on TPT!
If you’re a teacher or librarian, you need supplies. Supplies cost money. Because you work in education, you don’t have any money. So you spend your personal money, which you don’t have, to buy these supplies.
I see students playing board games in makerspaces pretty frequently. Personally, I love board games. In fact, my husband and I have such an extensive collection that we’ve run out of places to store them. Board games foster critical thinking and are a great way to interact with other human beings face-to-face. Not only that, but they’re fun!
The question is…are they really appropriate makerspace activities? The whole point of a makerspace is for students to explore and create, and they’re not necessarily doing that if they’re just playing board games for fun.