10 Things All New Theatre Teachers Need

Rebecca Maymi

This is a list of my prized possessions, my life savers that get me through day and in to weekend unscatched. Sure you need a class set of markers, glue, scissors... But these are things that you'll want to make sure you have to start your year off on the right foot. I've included some links to Amazon for ease of shopping.
  • Extension Cords
A long one, unoffical offical minimum 25+ feet. I have a 50 footer coiled up under my computer cart. You want it to be able to reach across your whole classroom, across the courtyard or stage. And I have used every inch of that extension cord. You don’t your teaching to be limited to where the power is.  Gaff tape your name twice on it, one on each end.  

  • RCA Cord
    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. 

  • First Aid Kit
    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. 

  • Food back ups for yourself.
    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.

  • Page protectors
    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.."

  • Pencil Sharpener
  • 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.

  • Lighting
  • I have my Narnia lamppost and a cool wall fixture from a past play that I like to turn on during videos and even have on with the curtains back to have a quiet calm atmosphere. I place them on opposite corners,  one by my desk so I can see.  These are really cool floor lamps that would look killer with some gels. I think string lights of any kind give your room a bunch of cool points, too.

  • Flash Light
    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.


  • An inexPENSive pen you love!
  • Teaching is all about the little things, specifically pens. Miguel loves these pens but I can’t live without these, purple of course.  



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    Happy shopping! It's going to be a great year! 

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