The BEST thing I learned this year

As a first year teacher this year, I definitely learned a LOT! I learned a lot of new tricks, I learned a lot of new strategies and I learned a lot about myself as a person! But there's one thing that sticks out in my mind the most as the BEST thing I learned.

So here it is!

Before the start of the school year, my co-teacher and I were working in our classrooms setting everything up for the first day, when she showed me the absolute coolest thing that I am STILL amazed with!

Erasing permanent marker!!!

What?!!?!? It's a good thing I was sitting because I literally would have fallen over! How in the world can you erase permanent marker?!

Well, here's how!

First of all, the trick is to laminate all of the things you want to use again before writing on them!

Then, write what you want with permanent marker! Imagine, no more dry-erase markers being rubbed off labels!

When the school year is over, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, throw your name tags away! Just use a rubber eraser to erase the permanent marker and use them again! The Earth will thank you ;)


I mean, how rad is this?!?! Think of all the things in your class that you can re-use over and over again! Name tags, labels, birthday candles, classroom jobs, bulletin board pieces. The possibilities are endless!

Since my students don't have assigned seats, I use name tags for their cubbies. 
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25 comments

  1. Isn't it wonderful!! My name tags are in such poor shape by the end of the year I can never resuse them! :(

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  2. I have 4 words for you:
    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

    It will take anything off of any surface - OK, well not paper unless it's been laminated, but I use it for everything (walls, tile, linoleum, plastic, white boards, metal). That's how I get my sharpie off lamination. But when I don't have a Magic Eraser handy I will totally remember this tip!

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  3. Thanks for the tip! I use the magic eraser to get permanent marker off laminated items as well.

    My tip is one of organization. I absolutely love going into my cabinet and grabbing the birthday bags and student of the week envelopes because they were made ahead during planning week. It is a time saver and I didn't have to worry about making b-day letters or anything because it was already done.

    Primary Connections

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  4. What????? I didn't know this!! I always use fingernail polish remover!!!!! This sounds a lot less messy AND less stinky!!! I'll have to try it:)
    THANKS!!!
    Little Warriors

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  5. Brilliant! I'm storing these ideas away!

    ps I have my first interview coming up for a full time position next year. Have any interview tips?

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  6. Wow...I never knew about just an eraser..I've used dry erase markers...You color over the permanent marker and wipe it away. I'll have to try the eraser too.
    Thanks
    Stacee

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  7. I've always used nail polish remover- works perfect on many surfaces (except my leather couch- courtesy of my third son)

    ~Tamara
    Teaching Blog Addict

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  8. Coolest thing ever! Being that I'm about to start my first year teaching, this will be so useful :)

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  9. I never knew that! I can't wait to try it out!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my site and leaving a comment because it really made my day!

    www.littlemisskindergarten.blogspot.com

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  11. Girl- SHUT UP! I've always used nail polish remover! LOVE THIS!

    Rowdy in First Grade

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  12. This is awesome! And I can't believe you are a first year teacher!!! Go you!

    Magnificent Multiagers!

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  13. Great idea for a linky party- you go girl!!!

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  14. What a fun linky party. We have 3 more days of school so hopefully at the end of this week, I'll find the time to link up :)

    Jodi
    Fun In First

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  15. Love your blog chica! Keep up the great work!
    Rowdy in First Grade

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  16. Fantastic. I learned a few years ago that Dry erase markers also get rid of permanent marker marks.

    As always I love your posts. BTW, your tags look super cute. Did you make those?

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

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  17. Wow! What a great tip! I had always used rubbing alcohol but this sounds a LOT easier and less messy. Your blog is awesome by the way!

    Breeana
    Kindergarten Whale Tales

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  18. Well isn't this WONDERFUL! I entered the Linky party and used an N instead of an M...

    www.littlemisskindergarten.blogspot.com

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  19. Totally shared this on fb! It opened up a world of ideas. Thanks! Great idea for a linky party.
    - Leslie
    KindergartenWorks

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  20. Thanks for the tip! I've always used the dry erase marker trick in the past. I'll have to try using an eraser too!... just as long as my kindergarteners never figure this trick out! ;)

    Tammi
    http://havingfunk-1.blogspot.com/

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  21. I use expo cleaner...works fabulous!!

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  22. Who knew! I've used hair spray in the past but this sounds a lot less messy! Thanks for sharing and love the blog!

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  23. Adding water helps, too. You usually don't have to rub as hard plus the water sometimes makes the stubborn marks come up easier!

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  24. I did this last year, for my students at their table spots. I found out that they also found out that if they used their eraser they can make their name disappear. I think it is a great idea but I wouldn't do it for their name tags if they are at a table where they will be using pencils.

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  25. What a great idea. I will use this for my toilet pass next year. I'm not sure how useful it will be in a high school setting but great to know. Thanks

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