So, I’m starting my second year of teaching in August! I’m still teaching 5th grade which I’m excited about.
As I’m starting to plan things out for the new school year, I thought about all the things I really needed and the things I didn’t need.
The items I ended up not necessarily needing:
1. Expo markers in colors. I ended up basically having a chalkboard with special paint on it to make it dry-erase. Colors don’t show up on it!
2. Teacher planner. I’m so glad I did not buy a super expensive planner because I ended up planning using Google Docs. I had an assistant and SPED teacher push into my classroom for part of the year, so this way they could see the plans and know what was going on. I still have a regular planner to write things down in for personal use and to look at when I’m planning, but I don’t write lessons in it or activities.
1. A place for “my” stuff. I ended up buying a shelving unit from target, and it was a game changer! I also got 5 cubes to put it in. The other cube is for my books and binders, so I didn’t need something to “hide” them. Mine is white so it will go with any future classroom.
2. Personal laminator. Y’all this is a game changer! At my school, I cannot laminate things myself so I often would have to wait. For things I know I’m going to use year after year, I laminate it myself. I bought mine at Target, but you can find them at any mass merchandiser.
3. Pens. Keep a stockpile of your favorite pens. I love both flair and the ink joy ones. I also had them in a place where my students’ could not get to them unless they went behind my “personal space”.
4. A nice pencil sharpener. Get yourself a nice pencil sharpener, and don’t let your students use it to keep it safe. I bought this one during Prime Day last year and love it.
5. A good stapler. I highly underestimated how important a good stapler would be. I bought one from the dollar tree thinking that I wouldn’t use it very much since a lot of our classwork is virtual. Alas, I needed a good stapler, and the one I bought broke after a month. I ended up finding one on Amazon and love it.
Bonus: 6. Good white out. I didn’t buy white out at the beginning of the year, and I wish I had. Our tests have TEI questions (or questions where students can drag and drop answers around the screen). Well, when you print a TEI question, it fills in the answer automatically. White out was a necessity. I ended up buying the tape kind and the regular bottle type. The tape kind has virtually zero dry time which is super helpful.
What are your teacher must haves?