Free stuff and laminators? I am a real teacher now

Jackpot! Summer is half over for me[1], so naturally it’s time to start working on classroom stuff.

Today, I visited teacher heaven — or, as it’s properly known, the Jim Cherry Teacher Center. Employees of my school system get a $3 credit every visit. And with prices like poster board for $0.15 or laminating for $0.25/ft, you get a lot for your money. Private school teachers are welcome, too! Not in the metro Atlanta area? Chances are really good your public school system offers something similar.

Lookit what I have access to:

  • laminators
  • poster printer
  • sample instructional games
  • letter/die cutters
  • ribbon maker
  • color copier
  • button makers
  • awards embossers
  • opaque projectors
  • book binders
  • art waxer

Like me, do you have no idea what an art waxer is? To the Google Machines! An outdated post on a mailing list tells me it’s an outdated piece of equipment with a nifty new use: sticky wax on the back of your posters will stick to your concrete block walls. Dude! Nothing sticks to my walls.

Even though I’ve completed seven years of teaching, I didn’t feel like I’d earned my chops until operating a laminating machine today. Next time I go out there, it’s the die cutters[2].


[1] It’s true — planning starts August 1 down here in the Dirty South
[2] these

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2 thoughts on “Free stuff and laminators? I am a real teacher now

  1. How I miss the days of Premier Dekalb! In Gwinnett a lot more of those functions are localized. I am looking forward to the school year probably because I get to teach Math 3 and Stats/Discrete Math. But I may send my wife to Jim Cherry 4 me, just because u bring up such great memories! Enjoy your last 3 weeks!

  2. Good luck with Math 3 and the new discrete math! I’m interested to see, especially, how the discrete paths work out.

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