Sunday, August 14, 2011

Don't Ya Wish Your Favorite Book Had Spiral Binding?

Whenever another teacher comes to my room to ask about my "favorite" books for teaching something's easy for me to find my favorites on my shelves for 2 reasons.

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!


  1. Great idea! I think I'll be heading to Office Max!


  2. I had no idea it could be done. LOVE it!

  3. I had my Making Words book spiral bound at Staples and it was pretty cheap too! And I also was thrilled when I saw that Math Work Stations was spiral bound!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  4. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing :) Is there not a set price for this? So it is easy to sway them into doing it for cheaper?

    Fabulous Firsties!

  5. Awesome idea!!!! So needing to do that, especially for my favs!!!
    Counting with Coffee

  6. What a great idea.....that I never would have thought of on my own!

    Quench Your First

  7. Awesome idea! Thank you for this. I had the same question as Cassie - is it really that easy to sway them? Or is the price usually that cheap? I'm a chicken when it comes to talking down a price, so if the price is $20... that's how much I'd end up paying, ha!

    Mrs. Lopac Teaches...

  8. Oh no, it's always that price. I just can't remember the exact amount. I have never paid over $3 per book.

  9. Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing it with us. I loved the fact that Debbie's new book was coil bound. I didn't realize her others were not until I got them in the mail. I think I'll be heading over to Staples to see if they will do the same thing.
    Ms. Brown's Grade 2 Class

  10. I never thought about taking a favorite teacher text but I spiral bind all the stuff I create for the blog and the stuff I sell in my TpT store. Now I am ready to take your advise and do it for some phonemic awareness books! Great Tip!!!

  11. I LOVE this Idea ... Just pinned it! I never knew it could be done, but now that I do I think I will be doing that with a few of my books. Thanks for sharing :-)

  12. love love love this idea!!! I hate holding books open!! :) thank you for sharing this with us!

  13. Thanks for the aha! Your favorites are mine too.

  14. Great tip! I have a few favs that I think could benefit from this.

    First Impressions

  15. SO glad someone pinned this idea! How handy!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  16. Oh my word how handy and easy!!!!!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog