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Best Back To School Items For Teachers

-- 2011-08-25 2:00 am --

If you are a teacher, you know that back to school time means purchasing things for your classroom. Here are some things that you might want to think about purchasing to keep your classroom well stocked and to keep you ready to handle anything!

1. Extra Tissues

You can never have enough tissues, even if you do get a supply of them from your school each year. Even if you are lucky enough to have a school budget that includes tissues, you probably have to make due with the flimsy quality tissues that fall apart when they are used. Because of that, you might want to purchase your own tissues to keep in your classroom.

2. Paper Towels

Teaching a classroom full of kids is an adventure. It doesn't matter if you teach kindergarten or if you teach high school, chances are that eventually someone will spill something. Keep a roll of paper towels on hand for spills or for wiping up messes on the floor. You won't regret it.

3. Hand sanitizer

Many schools recommend that students bring their own hand sanitizer to school. However, it is a good idea to have your own supply. You can keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on your desk and one by the entrance of your room just in case students need to use it. Keep the germs at bay and hopefully you and your students can stay healthy throughout the school year!

4. Stickers

Using stickers is a great way to reinforce positive behaviors or to reward students for a job well done. You can purchase a large roll or stickers to be used throughout the school year.

5. Pencils

Although you may have a rule that each student needs his or her own pencil, it is best to be prepared. Leave a supply of pencils on your desk for students to borrow during class and you will minimize classroom disruption and distractions drastically. Of course, chances are that you may not get all of the pencils that you loan out back. For that reason, it is best to buy a large supply of pencils.

6. Pencil Sharpeners

Having a line of students waiting to sharpen their pencils at the start of class can be annoying and distracting. Instead, you can just supply students with pencil sharpeners. That way, you can guarantee that they will be prepared for class.

7. Red pens

You can never have enough red pens. Whether you use the pens to correct your papers or just to edit student reports, you should definitely have a supply of red pens.

8. Glue Sticks

Glue sticks are very handy to have around the classroom. They are great to use for classroom crafts, bulletin boards and displays. However, they also get used up quite quickly. For this reason, you might want to keep a supply of glue sticks on hand in your classroom.