"Do you carry that with you all the time?"
A few years ago, I realized that just about all the classrooms in my district had dry erase boards, and most of the dry erase boards were magnetic. That's when I came up with the idea of a name magnet.
It's a simple thing. I got magnetic backed paper from the office supply store. On my computer in word processing software, I formatted a document in landscape, and I typed my name. I made it large. I also made it pretty--I used color and fun fonts. As an afterthought, I added a pronunciation key underneath.
A sheet of paper was way too huge for the task, but half a sheet was the perfect size. In all, I made four name magnets that day. I rotate them, depending upon my mood.
It seemed like a good idea. I have to put my name on the board daily... (Well, I don't have to. I sometimes forget, and yet the students still call me by name. But not every class knows me, and some students like to refer to the name on the board, so I usually put it up.)
I didn't realize that the name magnet would turn into such a conversation piece. I get all sorts of interesting questions about it. Many students decide that they want to make one for themselves. Sometimes I get the random student who wants to touch it and verify that it is indeed a magnet.
And then there are the students who are amazed that I would carry such a thing with me to school every day.
I don't understand the question. These are not large or heavy things. My bottle of water weighs more. I carry a bag with me to school anyway, and the magnets don't take up that much room.
My answer to the question is yes, I do carry it with me every day. Then I shrug. And I walk away.
I quickly move on to more important matters, like the assignment for the day.