Leanne Nalani

{August 11, 2014}   The Plight of the Missing Swingline Stapler

Classroom Photos

Office Space is one of my favorite movies in existence. The problem is that I’m having a Milton moment.

Milton Stapler


See, last Thursday I popped into my new classroom to do some work and, of all the cool stuff I’ve bought, my favorite metal Swingline stapler went missing!

Swingline 747 Stapler

Have you seen me?

If you haven’t figured out that I’m a little quirky at this point, you don’t read my blog you do now! Being a strong Taurus, I’m very particular about stuff that belongs to me, especially quality stuff that I shelled out $20 for. I went back to my room today to decorate and it’s still nowhere to be found. Sad face. So what if there are 3 other standard ones in the room…

Aside from that, I started putting things on the walls.

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Chalkboard stickers


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Pencil dispenser!


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Birthday board


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Calendar and a behavior expectations poster in the works


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I got one of those fun colorful lamps. Mood lighting. Why not?


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View from the teachers’ stations


There’s definitely not enough stuff on the walls. After looking at those last two photos, it came to me. The real thing that’s missing are those big banners like the ABC’s and number lines for the tops of the walls. Agree? Disagree? What else is missing?


The Book of Mormon

The anticipation all weekend was killing me! There’s nothing like experiencing a big musical for the first time. Before the show we went to a modern-style restaurant called Urbane.


I drank 3 specialty cocktails before the show. At least we walked from the restaurant to the venue.


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We shared poutine. I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever get sick of this stuff. I get it at any restaurant that offers it!


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Before the show. We’re not allowed to take pictures during.

For those who may not know, The Book of Mormon is a musical that was created by the makers of South Park. It has won 9 Tony awards including best Musical.

Long story short, the show was hilarious and well worth seeing. This was its last night in Seattle.

Book of Mormon


Hot Zumba?

Today was another 90 degree day. After getting home from school we had reservations for racquetball but the AC is questionable so we cancelled. My dilemma was that I needed to do some kind of exercise and we had an 84 degree room. Mike suggested taking Loki for a walk but outside it’s 90 degrees. I chose 84 degrees for 20 minutes of Zumba. It’s tough to exercise in that kind of heat! Does that count as “hot Zumba”?


*What is my classroom missing? Help me out, I’m new in the elementary scene!

*Are you as in love with poutine as I am?


cathyo says:

I didn’t teach much primary back in the day when i was a teacher, but I agree Alphabet and number line are standard classroom decorations! Have you checked pinterest for ideas? i imagine there would be tons of stuff on there. Good luck!

I do a lot of Pinterest stuff for the resource room but I haven’t looked up classrooms. That’s a good idea! I did look at several teaching blogs to see what teachers have done in the space above the whiteboards. It’s what you’d expect, mostly. I think I’ll be heading back to the teacher store to see what they have! Number lines were really helpful to the freshmen I worked with last year. Maybe an upper/lowercase alphabet would be good, too. I have a bunch of Kindergarteners this year which is pretty unusual.

Heather says:

I love seeing all of your classroom stuff. I always wanted to be a teacher and the beginning of the school year is such an exciting time. Good luck!

Thank you! I’m unreasonably excited and over-preparing if that’s even possible. Any relation to nesting? :p

I haven’t even gotten my keys for my room yet! LOL. Looking good sis!

I’m on it! Plus I have 4 days of all-day trainings next week and at least one more the following week. And we’re already planning a team meeting about a week from now to plan out specialist schedules before school starts!

And no strychnine in the guacamole!

Tara Jane says:

Your classroom looks so fun! It’s always so exciting to decorate your own space, isn’t it? 🙂 And I have yet to try poutine -although everytime I hear it mentioned I think of you!

It is really cool to be in elementary school and decorate a classroom. It’s a lot of work but pretty fun, too. In high school it’s not quite as exciting and the teaching stores don’t carry a lot of secondary decor.

haha It’s ironic that I’m so into poutine considering how unhealthy it is. Luckily it’s something I don’t indulge in very often. I think it’s more enjoyable when it’s a rare treat. 🙂

I think poutine is one of those things I’d never be able to stop eating once I started! That is so many good things in one plate!

I wouldn’t worry about putting too much on the walls for now. It’s better if your displays are student generated i.e. class expectations, word wall, student art (getting to know you activities like I’m a star because……., identity t-shirts, things that are important to me, highlights of my summer, etc.). There are great ideas on Pinterest. If you want more detail on the things i’ve mentioned I’ll see what I can round up for you. Have fun!. The first couple of weeks really are all about establishing routines and getting to know each other.

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