School supplies for teachers is not usually the first topic when it comes to discussions of school supply lists. However, it's worth noting a few important considerations, especially for teachers who are setting up a classroom for the first time.
It's not very exciting, but here's my short list of school supplies for teachers...what works for me and why.
Yours! Which means a firm rule of "hands off" no matter where you keep them...in your desk or on a shelf, teacher supplies are for the teacher.
Without this rule, you will be forever reaching for something that is not there just when you need it.
I tell my students, "No touchy my stuffy!" It's a humorous sentiment that gets my point across early in the year.
Personal set of whiteboard markers
I can never rely upon the markers in the community bucket being sharp and ready for such things as fancy writing for whiteboard anchor charts. I keep a full rainbow of colors for my personal use rather than just the blue, black, and green whiteboard markers the students use.
Very handy for turning regular pages into notebook pages.
Pretty self-explanatory...sometimes things just need a hole!
I like nice, sharp, full-size scissors.
This gets frequent workouts because there are always packets of some sort that must be held together and a regular stapler is simply not up to the task.
It can be so much handier to do your paper cutting on the spot rather than running to the work room. Again, the expectation must be set that it is for the teacher only. Generally, I put it away in a closet until I need to get it out.
I keep a supply of colored paper for my newsletter. Parents learn that when a particular color spills out of the backpack it's something from me that they should read. I can't rely on the work room always having this color in stock, so I keep my own supply.
Tech Supply TipAn item I have found to be very useful when working with technology is a headphone splitter. It allows five students to listen to one single source of audio.
I paid less than $10 for this great little gadget!
Keeping the right elementary school supplies for teachers on hand can make your job just a little less frustrating...and that means a lot on those days when more frustration might must bring out a scream!
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