Sunday, November 30, 2014

Save Yourself Some Merry Little Minutes

This time of year is a busy time of year!  So, I have teamed up with some of my blogging buddies to share 

with you some tips and ideas for saving yourself some "merry little minutes" during the holiday season.  

My Time-Consuming Obstacle: The EVIL Copy Machine  
How many of you out there can relate?  If you are like me, you spend a lot of time at the copy machine.  Whoa....if I could have a penny for every minute that I have spent at a copy machine, I would be a millionaire several times over.  Not to mention, the amount of time I have spent trying to repair that dreaded "paper jam" that CAN NEVER be located. The copy machines at my school have it out for me, I am sure of it!  I have found a way to drastically decrease my interaction with the copy machines, which in turn has saved me time and lowered my blood pressure.  :)  

ANSWER: Sheet Protectors
I think that I should probably buy stock in sheet protectors. This isn't anything new, but this tip has definitely saved me lots of time and something I wanted to share! Let me explain how sheet protectors have drastically "saved me some merry little minutes."  I have multiple sheets that I use daily during instruction or in my centers.  I don't want to have make copies of those sheets over and over again.  So, my simple solution....put them in sheet protectors.  Here are a few ways that I use sheet protectors to not only save time, but the precious paper supply as well.

How I Use Sheet Protectors To Save Time

Idea One:
One activity that I use as a bell ringer is a Daily Review.  The review sheet has tasks that the students are to complete each day with a passage.  I don't want to have to make copies of those response questions week after week So, I have placed the questions in sheet protectors and just change out the passages each week.  This has saved me an abundance of time!  The sheets are placed in my baskets at each table and they are always ready to go!

Idea Two:
I have several "staple" graphic organizers that students use in centers or as a way to respond to text.  These graphic organizers, such as a Venn diagram, are used often and over and over again.  So, to eliminate the worry of having to copy these and having them on hand, I just placed these in page protectors.  They are readily available for students to use.  Students use dry erase markers to write on these.  Once they are finished, the writing can easily be wiped off with a tissue.  Then, they are ready to go again!  Easy peasy for me and the kids love writing on them!  It's a win-win!  

Many of the graphic organizers that I use on a daily basis are found in this pack from my store.  

Please visit my other blogging friends to learn more tips to SAVE YOURSELF SOME MERRY LITTLE MINUTES this holiday season!  


  1. I love this! Especially since I am always repairing the paper jam too!!!! I'm already dreading it tomorrow :/

    Thanks Nicole, this is perfect!!!

  2. I LOVE page protectors too-such an invaluable school supply! I know you think it's an easy tip, but sometimes there's so much to think about, we need reminders of how to work smarter! :) I also use them as white boards and have the students hold them up so I can quickly glance around the room to see who "gets it" and who still needs help. I feel bad telling you about this, but we have a "copy center" and we just send files electronically to be copied and they're delivered to our school the next day. You need to get your district on board! LOL! I can't even imagine the amount of time you spend at the copy machine! Have a great week back!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

    1. I love my white boards, too! They are wonderful! I am SOOOOOO jealous of your "copy center". I would LOVE to have something like that! Maybe I can ask Santa to bring me a copy center. LOL!!! Thank you for stopping by! You are a sweetheart!

      Enjoy your week back, too!

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  4. No doubt in my mind that our third floor copying machine HATES the teachers! It is in a full-time JAM!!! So, this tip is extremely valuable!! LOVE it!

  5. So smart! We use them in centers, but didn't even think about our bell work. Love!

  6. Are your daily review sheets posted anywhere? I love that idea!!