Some things we don’t so much even forget as just not consider. My first year of teaching a sweet parent arrived just as class began the day of my birthday with a beautiful bouquet. Immediately I realized I had never thought to bring a vase to school. The bell rang and there was no time to go in search of one. By the end of the morning I was disappointed to find the flowers were already quite wilted. It also never occurred to me to purchase Band-Aids for my room. I expected if a child needed one, the Nurse would have an ample supply. Little did I know that the need for them is a daily occurrence in a first grade class and I would become an expert at covering recess scrapes and paper cuts alike, often mid instruction.
Here are 10 more things that may be missing from your room:
A tool kit - mine included a hammer and nails, measuring tape, screwdriver, and hex key/Allen wrench
Nail polish remover – great for quick removal of writing on laminated name plates or bulletin board pieces
Newspaper – for easy clean-up of those painting and messy craft projects
Goo Gone – if you find yourself in a sticky situation, Goo Gone is the easiest way to remove label residue
Lotion – you will find that continually handling paper and constant use of hand sanitizer is very rough on your skin
Thank you notes – you will occasionally receive gifts from students/parents; take time to acknowledge even the smallest of gifts and their thoughtfulness, they often come from those that can afford it the least
Desk lamp – will allow you to write notes or grade papers when students are watching those Magic School Bus episodes
Envelopes – students tend to dump out their backpacks in strange places and many times parent communication is better kept private
Refresh kit – personal items such as toothbrush/paste, deodorant, etc. for those after school parent conference requests after sweating 30 minutes during outdoor dismissal duty
Emergency quarters – for those days a coke or bit of chocolate move from a want to a need
What is a “must have" in your room other teachers may be missing?