It's that time of year again. You may be setting up your classroom or out shopping at your favorite dollar store. Teachers all over are gearing up for another school year. And we all know what that means. Fire up the laminator!
If you are were like me, there is a secret (or not secret) pleasure in cutting through laminating film. There's something about that glide with an extra sharp pair of teacher scissors. It almost makes parking yourself in front of the TV on a Saturday night with a roll of things to cut out a little more bearable.
You may be one of those lucky ducks who own a laminator at home. I admit I got myself one for Christmas two years and have no shame. It's great for small jobs. But sometimes you need to bust out the big guns and use the industrial size laminator. That's where the trouble begins.
If you are working in a school with a laminator, you fall under one of the three categories:
- The school laminator is open for anyone to use in a central location.
- The school laminator is housed in the office. You can use it, but you get looks.
- The school laminator is kept under lock and key. One must request to have anything laminated by the laminating queen (or king), wait for it...and be grateful.
The school laminator is open for anyone to use in a central location. This is the ideal situation for any laminating job. You come and go as you please, you laminate whenever.
- But... someone just decided to use the rest of the laminating film. And you have no idea how to change it. Who really does?
- The person ahead of you just laminated their class book with glue that hadn't dried. DON'T DO THIS.
- The last teacher didn't remove the staples from their kids' books and now the whole roll has these annoying little bumps. DON'T BE THAT PERSON.
- You get your lanyard stuck in the roll while it's in operation. True story. DON'T LEAN FORWARD.
- There's some strange blinking red light making the laminator inoperable. If you ever find the person who walked away from that...well, I'll leave that up to you.
- Forgetting to to unplug the laminator! Someone left it plugged in all night in one building a worked in a few years ago. DON'T BE THAT PERSON.