Since I’ve been teaching, I’ve acquired quite the collection of teacher supplies and materials. In fact, when I moved schools last year I realized just how much I had. I am FAR from a hoarder, but it was still shocking to see how many teacher materials I had accumulated in just 14 years. However, I also realized that there were a few supplies that stood out above the rest. I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 favorite teacher supplies that I don’t know how I would teach without!
Electric Hole Punch
I didn’t buy an electric hole punch until last summer, and I can’t tell you how much I regret waiting to make the purchase! My students have binders for their morning work, so I punch holes in their morning work for the binders. When I’m punching five or six pages at a time, this takes forever! I can easily prepare a class set of papers within seconds. It’s battery operated and light, so I can keep it in my desk drawer. I purchased my hole punch from Amazon (of course).
Long Arm Stapler
My students are always amazed with my fancy stapler. I create a lot of booklets, and I love being able to staple exactly on the crease, so I don’t lose valuable work space. This is also great when I staple things to large pieces of construction paper. I found this on Amazon too.
Sticky notes are probably at the tip top of my list. I use sticky notes for my own personal notes, book marks, anchor charts, reading and math lessons, and more!
Pretty Pens and Markers
It’s a scientific fact that grading papers is much easier when you’re using a pretty flair pen. Okay, maybe it’s not so scientific, but I know I prefer using them! I also love using Mr. Sketch markers for my anchor charts. They’re bright, pretty, and they smell good! Definitely one of my favorite teacher supplies.
These hooks can be found all over my classroom! I use them to hang my anchor charts and my standards. I also use them for things like clipboards and my “helper of the day”. They’re so simple, cheap, and effective.
I use Velcro dots on all types of things. For instance, I use it for my math work stations display, because it’s so easy to move names down the work station board. I also use the dots on my word walls, because the cards actually stick, but they’re easy to remove.
Hot Glue Gun
When I set up my classroom, my hot glue gun in invaluable. I have one where I can pull the cord from the gun. It only stays hot for a minute or two, but it’s so nice for when I’m climbing on desks all around my classroom. I am super careful to scrape the glue from the wall whenever I take something down, because I don’t like it stuck to my walls.
I’ve been using my laminator (the top one) for years. To share a link with you, I looked for it on Amazon, and apparently it’s discontinued. I guess that shows how long I’ve had mine. I use it All. OF. The. Time. In fact, I have one for home and school! It looks like there is a new model available, but I’m use mine as long as it lasts.
Yes, I am all for digital planning. I even wrote an entire blog post about how I’ll be creating my curriculum map and lesson plans digitally this year. BUT, I still love my 3-ring binders. I have them organized more ways than I care to admit.
Need I say more! Whenever I’m particularly stressed or need a little lift me up, there isn’t anything quite like a piece of chocolate. Dark chocolate seems to do the trick for me!