I did see that Reagan over at Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits is having a Hall Pass linky party. So of course I had to link up. It's been fun reading others posts about what they enjoy and some activities in their room.
Product--One of my favorite products is my new Monster Classroom Theme Pack.
Area---I think one of my most favorite areas in the classroom is my Mimio. We don't have Smart Boards in every classroom so those that do not have Mimio's. A mimio turns your existing white board into an interactive board. It's pretty cool. You can see in the left of the picture on my white board the white thingy attached to the board. That's the mimio and then it has the pen attached to it to use as a stylus.
You hook a USB hub into your computer and walla---it's interactive! My projector and the laptop sit on a roll cart that I use. I've created a couple of Mimio lessons that I've uploaded to Mimio Connect. Unfortunately I haven't had time to do more...but I do enjoy it.
Signal--As far as signals go....sometimes I randomly burst out into song. A song I made up. A song that makes little to no sense. A song that usually has no tune. Mainly because I can't sing. But the kiddos enjoy it and it seems to be calming in a way.
I also do that clap clap clap or whatever where I do a pattern and they follow it. That works BEAUTIFULLY. Always...they stop talking.
And sometimes I might play a song or sing a nursery rhyme and when that's finished, they are to be either back in their spot on the carpet or wherever I asked them to go or do when that song is done.
And these signals can change daily. Sometimes if they are
Sanity---Oh wow....huge word with lots of meaning.
God/church/my church family
Books---love them....love to read...need more time to do more reading
Walks with the pup---I mean how can you not love this???? (This obviously was after said walk)
The beach---we only live about an hour and half away..so in the summer---it's on....love every single thing about it.
There you have it. My Hall Pass. Go check out everyone else's.