1. They usually have post-it notes stuck all over the pages.
2. They are always spiral bound!
Earlier this spring, when the UPS guy delivered my Math Work Stations book I quickly yanked the box open. My first words, "I love her!". I was referring to Mrs. Debbie (AMAZING) Diller who talked her publisher into spiral binding the book for all of us who hate it when books keep flipping closed every time we get interrupted.
To solve that problem with all of my other favorite teaching books, I just take my precious books to Office Max. After I give the employee the lecture about how much I LOVE the book, how sad I would be if any of the text/pictures were cut off and how poor I am because I'm a teacher... I hand over my book and for just a few dollars ($2 the last time I went)... VOILA! It's quick, inexpensive and so worth it... plus it makes MY copy of the book easy to spot when someone wants to borrow it.
Here are a few of my spiral bound treasures.
Enjoy your day!