Ideas anyone? (Of course, it will vary by course, school, and so on.) - a vertical file for your desk. I color code each of my classes- 1st period red, 2nd orange, and so on. Each class gets a file folder of that color. That's where I put their tests to return, worksheets for someone who has been absent, and so on. - matching files for your briefcase. As I grade each set of tests/quizzes, they go into the foler of the appropriate color. I transfer them into the vertical file as soon as I can so I'm not lugging them around. - colored chalk. It's amazing for highlighting a topic. And if you ever teach HS Geometry, it's indispensible for overlapping triangles. -birthday cards. One per month for your homeroom. It really matters to them!! -stickers for grades of 90 or better. You want to see something funny?? Try giving a 17 year old football player an 89 and watch him fight for a smiley face sticker. -posters. I like cutesy/inspirational. They get plenty of math in my class; I tend to avoid mathy posters. (Plus I'm not worried that the info I'm testing them on is on the wall somewhere.) - border. It really brightens up the room. It's cheap and easy to change. - An "extra help" sign in book/binder. Have them sign in and out. When mommy wants to know why Johnny is failing after all that extra help he supposedly attended, you can set him straight. - a small sewing kit. Our kids are in uniforms, and I've kept a number of kids out of detention over the years by showing them how to sew on a button, or put a pocket back on. (I start, they do most of the work, I finish) Want to talk about life skills? -envelopes. Kids somehow think they can hand in stuff (like money) to teachers and the teacher will remember who handed in what. Keep a supply of envelopes-- others will thank you! What else??