What’s in your “Me Time” drawer? And a nameplate question.

I’ve been making some headway on the décor for my new classroom colors which I am doing in bright patterns (pink, green, and turquoise) and black accents. I recently posted about my new Editable Daily Schedule Cards, and yesterday I finished a matching Calendar Pack with Classroom Numbers. I also included Days of the Week Cards for my primary teacher friends. Here’s a little preview:
You can pick them up in my TPT store for 20% off, today and tomorrow only! 
Next, I want to make matching desk nameplates, and I’d love to make a primary version as well. But it seems like there are so many options out there, and I’m not quite sure which to include on the primary nameplates. Here are just some of them:
        *Number Line           *Hundreds chart
        *Shapes                    *Left/Right hands
        *Ruler                      *Upper and lowercase alphabet
My question for you is: What do you like to see on your nameplates?  The first 5 visitors to comment on this question will receive a free download of my nameplates when they are done, so please share your thoughts! Please leave the grade level you teach with your comment!
In other news, when I was in my classroom the other day making mental notes of all my to-do’s, I took some pictures inside of my desk drawers. AHHH! SCARY! I have a lot of organizational work to do, and when the ‘After’ is done, I promise I’ll share the ‘Before’. But in the meantime, I was reminded of a post I shared last summer about my sacred “ME TIME” drawer. I’m going to re-share it here for Cara’s Throwback Thursday! Enjoy!
 Keep a ‘You Time’ Drawer {Freebie}
As teachers we are surrounded all day long by 30 something children.  On any given day, two or three of those students may be needing something, when your principal walks in for an impromptu evaluation, a parent emails you requesting a conference that day, and if your life is anything like mine, you were probably running late to work that day because you couldn’t get your toddler to eat breakfast that morning!  It’s times like these that I take those 10 precious recess minutes to dive into my “Me Time” drawer.

A “Me Time” drawer can contain anything that calms you down, and lifts your spirit up.  The sky is really the limit! It’s all about whatever makes you happy and will give you a few minutes to regroup, while focusing on yourself.  Remember you?!

My “Me Time” drawer contains:

·                     A note my principal gave me on a tough day during my first year of teaching which lists 10 reasons why she thinks I’m a great teacher
·                     A DIY Stress Ball (see a tutorial here– Note: You can use flour or play-dough inside as well)
·                     Pictures of my daughter
·                     Dove Chocolates!
·                     A little book filled with some of my favorite motivational quotes (see Freebie printable below!)
·                     My favorite lipgloss and 
·                     Travel Sized ‘Brown Sugar and Fig’ Lotion from Bath and Body Works
·                     A few cards/pictures past students have made me
If you have ditched your desk, another idea is to use a box and keep it in your classroom closet (if you have one!) 
Do you have a “Me Time” drawer?  What’s in it? 

Click the pic below to download from TPT.

I LOVE this quote because it reminds me that all of the little things we do as teachers add up over time, even when it sometimes seems like progress isn’t being made!


  1. Teaching 3rd grade for so many years, I like a cursive alphabet on my nameplates. It is like a foreign language to so many third graders, so having that constant exposure really helps.
    The Traveling Teacher

  2. I like the cursive alphabet on nameplates. The kids like to use it as a quick reference. kmhteacher@yahoo.com

  3. I find that in 2nd grade a number line is handy for students during math time and an alphabet line is great as well! pinadisavino@gmail.com

  4. I teach 2nd and in the past have loved the nameplates from really good stuff. They had left and right, colors with names, a hundred’s chart, alphabet (I chose d’nealian), and 1-20 number line. I found that the kids only used the number line and the alphabet (we had hundreds charts taped on the back of whiteboards during math). Our PE teacher has giant left and right hands in the gym, so they come to 2nd knowing those already.

  5. As a 1st and 2nd grade resource room teacher, I love to see a 1-10 number line and alphabet -for quick reference 🙂

    Mindful Rambles

  6. I don’t have a me time drawer, but I’m going to make one now! I definitely would have Dove chocolate too! Found you through Looking From Third to Fourth’s giveaway and I’m your newest follower!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. I never thought of putting resources for the kids’ to use on their nameplates! I’m not one of the first five…..darn….but I’ll speak from a 5th grade perspective. I’d like to have the cursive alphabet and a number line including decimals and fractions.


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