A Teacher's Back-to-School Supply List
Each summer, teachers send home to parents a list of school supplies students will need during the upcoming school year. Until now, however, little thought has been given to the school supplies teachers might find useful. Noted educator Howard Seeman corrects that oversight with this back-to-school list for the well-equipped teacher. Included: Twenty-seven must-have items.
Veteran teachers will tell you that every year they realize there's another little thing they could carry with them, or keep in their desk, to help them with their teaching. By the time a good teacher has been teaching five years, he or she has learned to be well equipped.
Why wait years? Below is a list of items -- most of which you can easily carry in a pencil case -- that will be very helpful for your teaching this year.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES
- A piece of chalk -- in case the classroom you're assigned to has none.
- An eraser or small rag -- in case the classroom you're assigned to has none.
- A piece of colored chalk -- in case you want to underscore something.
- A few rubber bands -- in case you need to band some things together.
- A pad of sticky-notes -- in case you want to stick a note onto something.
- A mechanical lead pencil -- because they're always sharp, don't require a pencil sharpener, and are fine, clear, and erasable.
- Press-on white labels (either address label size or one-line width labels) -- so you can white out or label anything.
- A package of 3 x 5 cards -- for class participation exercises, sort-able notes, hall passes
- A yellow highlighter pen -- to highlight points in your lesson plan that you inadvertently omitted, need to review.
- A red pen -- to write evaluative notes on students' tests, homework
- Loose-leaf reinforcements -- to keep pages from falling out of your binder.
- Wet-wash pad -- for quick cleanups.
- A single-edged razor blade (instead of bulky scissors) -- for cutting out magazine articles, pictures... They usually come with a protective cardboard over the blade.
- A small tin of aspirin -- in case of a headache.
- Some large and small paper clips -- to clip together homework or test papers from particular class periods.
- A piece of carbon paper -- in case you want to keep a copy of notes you write to parents or students.
- A see-through plastic pencil case -- to carry all the above items.
- An appointment book -- to keep track of weekly appointments, things to do
- A cell phone.
- A grade book -- for taking attendance, checking homework, giving credit for class participation
- A pad of newsprint (rolled up?) -- to make notes on; especially useful when you'll teach the same lesson more than once-- in different rooms.
- A magic marker or two -- to make notes with.
- A small stapler -- for securely posting items on a bulletin board or attaching papers.
- Cardboard -- to place over a door or window to cut down on hallway distractions.
- A small can of machine oil -- in case a squeaky seat or door distracts students.
- This list -- to check over a couple of days before school starts.