Teacher School Supplies
My favorite pens for chart paper are Mr. Sketch. I’ve tried a few others but none of them are quite the same. The colors are vibrant and one pack lasts all year! Except for black. However, several years ago, I discovered that I could order just the black! Whoo-hoo. Now, I have a supply of black hidden away in the closet.
Last year, I discovered that Mr. Sketch has fine point markers too. These aren’t fine enough to write in your plan book (Flair Pens are best for that). I loved using these for the fine detail coloring examples I needed to do or to fill in on anchor charts.
My personal laminator another of my most used resources. It has been so easy to plug this in to laminate a quick thing rather than waiting for the large laminator to warm up.
What laminator wouldn’t be complete without laminator pouches? These are the cheapest I’ve found. I tend to go through two or three packs of them a year. It’s a bummer when I run out.
ADVIL (OR TYLENOL)
Advil is a must. I carry it with me everywhere. Really self explanatory. For those times when the day will not end, or my back is out, or . . . you get the idea.
HAIR TIE / BOBBY PINS
When I had long hair, hair ties were a must. As my hair has gotten shorter and shorter over the years, my go to hair supply is bobby pins. I have a stash in my desk to put to use in those annoying moments when my hair won’t stay out of my face.
AIRBORNE (OR SIMILAR SURGE OF VITAMINS)
As new bodies are getting used to being together for six hours a day, you are bound to come down with a fall cold. Airborne might help make it less intense.
Although we have a staff room with utensils, it is not well stocked. I usually brought my own from home, but there were times that I forgot and well, had to make due. I love thesereusable ones that I just wash each time.
HOT WATER BOILER
During the winter time, especially, I like a quick cup of tea on cold mornings or when I have a cold. I love being able to boil my own water and make a cup of tea during the middle of the day.
I find myself often needing a snack at recess time or after school. Although I tried to bring extra food each day, sometimes it just wasn’t possible. I fell in love with these Cliff Bars at the end of the year last year. They are so yummy! These were a lifesaver last year as I need a few extra calories to get me through until dinner time!
Who doesn’t need an afternoon pick-me-up? I love the variety of mini-chocolates. They’re just the right size!
If you’re a guy, keep reading. If you’re a female teacher, these are a necessity for those, umm . . . moments when you realize that you ran out of the stash in your purse. Plus, you never know who else might need some extra supplies.
THANK YOU NOTES / NOTES OF APPRECIATION
For those times when a student brings something unexpected or when you want to show your appreciation of someone. Saying thank you and using kind words is not a gift of mine. It doesn’t come easy for me. Having notes on hand makes it so much easier to jot a quick note without having to search for the materials.
I keep a nail file in my pen cup. I pulled it out several times a week to file down my fingernails that snag on something.
Because I like my classroom to smell good. I actually plugged in four Airwicks around the room and it smelled like heaven or fresh baked cookies.
Our aunt gave us a dinky little toolkit for Christmas one year. You know the kind that have about 30 different tools in them, but none are of quality? She gave one to my husband and me. He got the gray “boy” one and I got the girl one. I stole his and brought it to my classroom. It came in very handy over the years: screwdriver with different heads, needle nose pliers, tape measure. You get the idea.
SNACKS FOR KIDS
I teach in a low-income school. Many of my students didn’t eat breakfast in the mornings. A small snack was just what they needed to tide them over until lunch.
Hand lotion is especially useful during the winter months when it’s so dry outside. Don’t make the mistake of putting lotion on your hands right before you need to open a pen cap! I’ve need to hand a marker to a student to open and, well, then I need the Airborne.
This deodorant came in handy a couple times during the year when I forgot to put some on at home or when it was a very warm day.
I have an addiction to chapstick. It sits right on my desk and is used many times throughout the day.
While not necessarily a teacher school supply, I have to admit that I can’t live withoutAmazon Prime. When I needed dice, laminating pouches, chapstick or even toothpaste for my own kids, it was on my doorstep within days. Amazon Prime also allowed me to stream videos for my students at the end of the year, too!
What are some essential supplies that you need in your room? Do you have any to add to the list? Comment below to let us know what you can’t live without!