- Extension Cords
These are the cords that hook your phone/ipad/computer to your speaker. You need two 6+ foot mini jack to RCA cords because one is bond to walk away. Put your name on them with gaff tape or washi tape. Now, there’s fancy bluetooth gadgets that will talk to all your technologies (Miguel's so cool, he uses this one), but when I’m teaching I don’t want to put anything to chance.
I know we’re here for the children, but make sure you have the supplies you need to take care of yourself. Also, who doesn’t love the excited rush of being prepared for anything!
Are you the clumsy type? Assorted bandaids. Do you get sick easily? Emergen-C Packets. Hide kleenex for yourself, one box for the kids, one box hidden your cabinet. You’re stuck in your room all day every day. You don’t want to be caught with a massive boogie during the warm up circle.
Now, this is a different stash than your snack stash. I probably forget my lunch once or twice a six weeks, have a restless tummy, get h-angry or have to stay late so it's imperative that I have food back ups. These are non-perishables. I used to keep oatmeal, but I was always worried that the thin paper packaging would attract critters. I have popcorn bags, peanut butter crackers, peanut M&Ms and meaty soup. This includes a jumbo package of forks and spoons. This seems overkill, but I manage to use all but ten every year.
The number one thing I learned my first year of teaching is if you made a worksheet save it on a hard drive, google drive, and print one copy out to put in a binder in a page protector. It’s a lot of steps, but you don’t want to keep rebuilding the wheel every year. Also, for whatever reason, page protected anything looks very professional. Page protect your evaluation binder, PD binder, lesson plan binder, sub binder AND BOOM-- "Look, Mrs. Maymi, always goes above and beyond.."
This is the best pencil sharpener ever. It’s so hardcore. Don’t play around with pencil sharpener the campus has. I never have to worry about this guy up against middle schoolers. It’s a MUST HAVE.
Safety first. Blackouts during a storm are not fun what I call fun with a room full of sixth graders. Bonus, you’re shadow puppet ready.
Happy shopping! It's going to be a great year!