As I was working in my classroom today trying to organize things I realized how much I had that I wish I'd known about when I began teaching 15 years ago. So, in an effort to try to help out any new teacher some help I thought I'd post this and offer advice from teachers to teachers. Maybe there will be something that teachers who have been at it a while can use too. :)
Please look over the ideas and add your own advice. Please don't put products that you are trying to sell. You can leave a signature so others can hop to your blog, but please do not use this blog post as a commercial for your products.
A must have for your classroom is the always versatile plastic bag. I keep about 20 of these on hand. Lower elementary teachers never know when an accident may occur. There also great for carrying things home when a backpack has been forgotten. I didn't think of this until I'd been teaching a couple of years, but they're great to have stashed somewhere.
Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or your favorite headache reliever. You never know when a pounding headache will attack.
A set of screwdrivers. I keep a flathead and phillips in my desk drawer. I couldn't tell you how often I've used them.
Ziploc bags!!! Loose teeth go into the smaller ones and I've found about a million uses for the gallon sized bags. Buy several boxes and you WILL use them.
I can't wait to read what else is what every teacher needs!!!