No doubt about: Teaching is hard work. You put in a ton of energy and come home late, only to keep working on grading papers or designing another engaging activity at home.
It can be downright exhausting.
Luckily, there are some goodies that help to make the job a little easier. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect tool to teach a specific concept or an item that can make your day just a little more comfortable, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of favorite things to make your classroom a place you love to come back to each day.
This system is truly the best way to organize, store, and protect bulletin board sets, classroom decorations, charts, trimmers and more! The storage box holds multiple folders, making it a breeze to store and sort through the year’s bulletin board and decorating supplies. They are sturdy, space-saving, and easy to carry.
A Plush Rubber Mat
An anti-fatigue floor mat will change your life. Originally used by chefs who are on their feet all day in the kitchen, these mats are perfect for teachers, too. They’ll save your aching feet and alleviate strain on your lower back if you keep one at the front of the room for your lecture times.
A Document Camera and Projector
Never worry about a too-small book or the kid in back who forgot his glasses again. With an ELMO document camera, you can enlarge anything just by placing it under the camera: tiny print in a favorite book, a live worm, sugar crystals — it’s up to you. This isn’t cheap, but it’s completely worth it if you can get the PTO to chip in with a fundraiser.
Instrumental Movie Soundtracks
Keep your students on track and give yourself a moment of calm by playing soft music during quiet work sessions. Music without lyrics will drown out background noise and help everyone concentrate, and movie soundtracks are a great way to set just the right mood. Try inspirational “Chariots of Fire” or “Glory” to get started.
These handy craft supplies help you keep track of your students. Have kids place them in a jar to track class participation, or mark several jars with common school locations to track out-of-class time (for example, a student heading to the nurse’s office lets you know by putting his stick in the “nurse” jar. For younger kids, adding a photo or artwork to a Roylco Face Craft Stick makes this even more fun.
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