Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Highlighters {Have you seen these?}

It's official.  I've been living under a rock for a little while now...
This weekend the family and I were sitting around the living room each minding our own business.  I decided to get up and start cleaning up a bit...(which is a never ending task) and on the table I see a highlighter.  Something caught my eye and it just didn't look quite right.  I picked up the highlighter and took the cap off.  I stared at it.  Then I stared some more.  Then I announced to the fam that something was wrong with their highlighter.  It had melted or something.  

This is the part where I discovered I was living under a rock...all 3 of them jump up to tell me that in fact the highlighter had not melted, that it was the new gel highlighter.  Seriously, all 3 of them raced to get a piece of paper to show me how cool the new highlighter is.  They also got a kick out of how a teacher could miss this all important new amazing office supply. 

Hmm...so how could I have missed this? Maybe it was the ga-jillion assessments I've been hiding under. Maybe it was the never ending staff meeting/staff developments that I attend that don't allow me the time to leisurely browse the office supply section which I so enjoy doing.  Maybe, just maybe it was the mad race across town to watch Volleyball games and get everyone to practices on time.  My money however, is on the yucky head cold I've had for weeks now...
  
No worries though...this girl is back on track.  I now have my very own gel highlighters and I've been a highlighting fool.  Really. I've been highlighting stuff that doesn't really need to be highlighted just so I can use my new highlighters.

So, enjoy my review below in pictures....and if you've already made this incredible discovery then I would love to hear if you've found some other colors and where you found them. 

This is what they look like...I'm a little disappointed that I can only find these basic colors.  I really love blue and green

The gel twists up like a glue stick. 

The gel doesn't smear when you use it. I also looked to see if the black ink rubbed off on the yellow highlighter and it does not. It really doesn't smear. 

I decide to really test the highlighter.  I wrote this note with my black Sharpie Pen (which I could do a whole other blog post on) and quickly highlighted with my gel highlighter.  I thought for sure this combo would smear - nope, note even a little.  I also noted that the gel doesn't come off the page and the pages do not stick together.  



I proved to myself that this will be a wonderful highlighter, but what I'm most excited about is that leaving the cap off won't dry out the highlighter.  This is going to come in handy with the little ones.  They are always leaving the cap off of highlighters and those things dry up fast.  Another bonus will be when they run the highlighter over the words 300 times and it smears the word away...this will no longer be a problem.  Running the gel over again makes it a tad darker but does nothing to smear the print or black out the word. 

This wraps up my review which I would like to say I was not paid to do or asked to do.  I simply love office supplies and things that make my life as a teacher easier.  This is one of those items so I'm sharing it with you. 



24 comments:

  1. Great! Now I need something else:)
    those seem really neat!
    Staci

    Going Nutty!

    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

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    1. Oooh! I was able to get the comment button to work! Yippie! Love you Miss Squirrels :)

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  2. I'll be on the hunt for one of those this week now;)

    Heather
    The Busy Busy Hive

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  3. Oh they look fantastic! I wonder if we can get them in Australia?!?!?

    Alison
    Teaching Maths with Meaning

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    1. Hmmm...I don't know. If not, let me know. I will mail them to you. They're tiny :)
      Randi

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  4. I NEED TO GO SHOPPING :-) Smiles and stop by :-)

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  5. Mine smear but I've only tried pink. I think I need to try them again.

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  6. No worries...I haven't seen them either!! Can't wait to try them out.

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  7. When you use them with the kids how do they use them? In word work?

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    1. I have a unit on TPT that I use for the most part. Most of the time it is during word work. Sometimes I will use them for writing where students will highlight certain words to make the writing pop. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clipboards-Highlighters-and-DiceOh-my

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  8. I bought them last year, and hid them from my students (and is it really bad that they were among the very few things hidden from my classroom aides last year too?) so I could keep them all to myself. Even though I can't see the yellow very well, I still bought them- LOVE the gel highlighters!!

    I will have to go get the other colors now so I can hide them from my students again- (no aides this year to hide things from though.)

    Thanks for reminding me that I "need" to get something else that I don't "need" to get :)

    Shar W.
    jandcangelscents@sbcglobal.net

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    1. LOL. I've hidden stuff before. I have these twist up crayons that are off limits!

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  9. Man and I was just at Target today! I think I may have boutht thses for my daughters...but they are smart and don't leave them out for me to try LOL they know I might have to steal them then!

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  10. I definitely need to try those!! I love how you keep track of your students mastering their word wall words!! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure
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    1. Thanks Lisa. I have a post coming soon on that ;)

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  11. My rock must be bigger than your rock because I had no clue about these highlighters!! They sound amazing! I hate when the highlighters smear the writing... :P Thanks for sharing!

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden

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  12. Just discovered them too. But, did you know....that there are highlighters that erase!!! Found them @ Office depot--store brand.

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    1. oooohhhh! I did not know that! How exciting. I know what I'll be looking for this weekend!

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  13. So, is it like a highlighter.... crayon? I can't imagine.

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    1. Lauren,
      That's exactly it! That's a great way to describe it :)

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