Classroom Must Haves – Conversation Sponsored by Classroom Direct
As I start my 10 year of teaching, I found that I no longer purchase items that I don’t need for my classroom. Everything that I take during that first week of school are items are my “classroom must haves”. So I teamed up with Classroom Direct to purchase some of my own must have items and share my classroom with all of you! As many of you know I have a video game theme classroom and of course, I still have a few new things to hang up but I wanted to share with you the items you should be sure to have in your classroom. Especially great for those first year teachers!
Classrooms Can Be Dirty- Must Haves in Keeping it CLEAN:
- Hand Sanitizer – You want as much of this stuff as you can purchase! I found that ONE big gallon will last me most of the year. Think of all of the stuff you touch that have germs: door handles, desks, chairs, papers, computers, pencils, bathroom passes, and MORE. These items are passed from child to child (or big kid by big kid…if you teach the older ones like I do).
- Clorox WIPES – At least once a week, wipe those desk, chairs, and door handles! Since I teach older kids, I frequently see some of their art work that needs to be wiped down as soon as I notice it. I also found that students love to help. Although you should never take away from learning, allowing some purposeful movement right before the bell rings for the week, kids love to help!
- Baby Wipes – Great for erasing transparencies, washing some permanent marker, wiping marker from your hands and students’ hands and more!
Classroom Decorations – You have to have a good-looking Classroom:
Part of organizing is you want your classroom to look GOOD! I am not one to buy TONS of decorations but I do make my own!
- Construction Paper – So I totally trace out my room decorations by projecting the picture on my board, tape up paper, and then construction paper, then glue it together! CUTEST decoration and doesn’t look man-made when you use construction paper instead of trying to color it with markers! Plus I use construction papers for graphic organizer, group activities, and SO MUCH MORE!
- Lamination Paper – Those cute posters and signs you made should last you a long time! Laminate those things. I buy the roll of paper so that things will look good and I can laminate whatever I need!
- Bulletin Board Paper – Okay if you have a budget get some themed paper to put your signs that you just made on it! I just got the brick background for my Wreck-It-Ralph, the landscape for my Angry Birds board, and the clouds to put my Super Mario Bros. up from my previous years!
The General Classrom Must Haves:
- Colored Printer Paper – You can’t go wrong on this! I like to print important papers in bright colors especially those that need to come back to me. I bright neon end up being PERFECT!
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