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Teacher Tip Thursday Link Up

More than one blog post in a week?!  I know, shocking!  I actually had all intention of blogging yesterday, but ended up in the hospital for monitoring after my doctor's appointment.  No worries, baby is fine.  I am linking up with The Teaching Tribune for Teacher Tip Thursday.  Enjoy!


  1. Both great tips! Those messy kids just kill me! I have giant lab tables so I don't need zip ties. but I do need something besides tennis balls for the legs of our stools!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  2. This is why I got rid of desks. I use tables in my room...even though my kids are in 5th grade. I can't stand looking in messy, disorganized desks. It makes me looney!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Love the zip-tie idea! I did that once with dict tape and it was a total pain. I HATE desks being all jumbled at the end of a day! It seems like some kiddos just like to travel haha!

  4. I love the idea of zip tying the desks.. We just got tile floors (who ever thought putting tile in a classroom???) and well lets just say round-up. By the end of the day all the desks are in a circle in the middle of the room!
    Pauline at First Grade by the Sea


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