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  1. krisaustin

    krisaustin Companion

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    My sister is graduating for college with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I want to give her a gift basket with things that you never think you will need in your classroom, but cannot live without. This is more for her than for her students.

    Any ideas of things to put in her basket would be great.

    Thanks
    Kristal
     
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  3. JaimeMarie

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    a good stapler
    three whole punch
    one whole punch
    instead of a basket use a filing crate
    white labels
     
  4. runsw/scissors

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    Post-it Notes, various sizes/shapes/colors (regular and super sticky).
    Some sort of spinner for pencils/pens/etc.
    Pencils/pens/etc.
    A good quality canvas bag
     
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    stickers
    lotion
    hand sanitizer
    kleenex
    binders/file folders
    colored pencils
    colored markers
    favorite treats
     
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    scissors. I never can find a pair that are sharp.
     
  7. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Every new teacher MUST have a copy of this book: The First Days of School: How to be an Effective Teacher by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong. It's an amazing book and she'll learn SO much from it that was never taught to her in college. :)
     
  8. JustT

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    rubber stamps
    scented ink pads
    positive reward stickers
    One of those extra large eraser Target sells for big mistakes
    hand soap
    sanitized towel wipes
    stash of candy to hide in desk
    child proof bottle of Tylenol (or whatever she takes for headaches)
    funky notepads for writing notes to parents found at the teacher store.
    tongue depressors
    sharpies.... extra fine... those disappear and then the stores don't reorder them.
     
  9. buck8teacher

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    Labels of all sizes: address and shipping size. I use them for everything, from labeling books to stuent supplies!
    Also, cute computer paper for her letter home to her students/parents introducing herself in the fall.
    Punch out letters
    Seasonal bullentin board sets
     
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    *Metal Swingline stapler (my students went thru 5 plastic staplers this year)
    *Pop-up PostIt notes (love em!)
    *Themed stationary for newletters
    *Stickers!
    *Three-ring binders (1-2 inches)
     
  11. cutNglue

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    A subscription to the mailbox magazine
    A good set of magnets
     
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    dry erase markers
    pens (different color ink)
    if you have a Dollar Tree, go to the teacher section there -- love it!
     
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    Our school provides dry erase markers.
     
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    an umbrella...I keep one at school and one in my car!
     
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    Brightsticks by Expo. They are great. You can write on your chalkboard with these and they don't come off until you wash the board. Great for drawing graphs and charts, handwriting lines, and maps.
     
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    Everyone Needs...

    Spot Remover Wipes ... For when she drips her morning coffee on the way to work.

    Hair Spray....it takes perminent marker off just about anything.

    A really good whistle...it will make rounding up the kiddos much easier.

    Cute bandaids... they make the walking wounded smile.

    Stickers...some kiddos will do anything for a sticker.

    Rubber Stamps and stamp pads..there great for many things.

    A gift card to an art supply store and or Teacher supply store.
     
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    My school purchases dry erase markers for us to use, but they are the off brand and make a horrible mess on the boards. Expos don't make nearly as much mess IMO.
     
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    Some other thoughts:
    Tide-to-Go pen
    Shout wipes
    Lysol/Clorox wipes
    a couple of those airfresheners that are like an upside-down cone and evaporate
     
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    Label Makers are great! I also agree with everyone else's suggestions. What a thoughtful idea - I think I'll do it for my niece.
     
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    A large digital count down timer.
     
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    Glue sticks, and lots of them!
     
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    airborne! airborne! airborne!
    or some other type of vitamin supplement that is fizzy!
     
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    little prizes for her treasure box
     
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    I am a first year teacher and one of the things I wouldn't be able to live without in my classroom is magnetic tape!
     
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    All of the above and of course....

    an EZGrader!!!!!!
     
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    I've never heard of that! Cool!
     
  27. Bored of Ed

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    Some of these things are more like office supplies, which a. might be provided by her employers, b. she probably has anyway. Scissors, hole punchers, etc -- same story; most classrooms come with some. Mine are fine, last year too.

    More meaningful inclusions would be things like a personalized stamp or notepad.

    Other items that will be handy no matter what kind of place she's in include: (already mentioned above, but I'm trying to consolidate and pick out the ones that I think are most useful)
    travel size, childproof advil/tylenol
    hand sanitizer
    instant stain remover (tide pen, wipes have been suggested)
    digital timer -- a good one, simple to use that can count up and down (I think this was one of the best and most original suggestions above. Not something you'd think of right away but a real necessity for most teachers!)

    If you know her favorite type of chocolate or whatever, that always makes a thoughtful addition to whatever you give!
     
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    I would recommend the book "32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny" to ALL teachers by Philip Done. This is the cutest book that really makes you feel lucky to be a teacher!:2up:
     
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    Where do you get magnetic tape? And what do you use it on?
     
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    DITTO!!!! I was just getting ready to write that down. It is the best "feel good" book about teaching. I laughed, I cried, and I have read it more than once. You will never forget WHY you became a teacher after reading this book.:D
     
  31. Bored of Ed

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    While we're on the subject of book recommendations, Fred Jones' Tools for Teaching is excellent. Both that and The First Days of School are more geared towards higher grades, though.

    Magnetic tape can be bought in craft supply stores, probably also office stores. Use it on the back of anything you want to stick up on a magnetic surface. Lots of possibilities -- unfortunately, I don't have an inch of useable metal in my classroom!
     
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    I use it to hang posters on my whiteboard and filing cabinet. I also use magnetic tape and border to section off part of my white board. When you have to clean or put things away for the end of the year everything comes off quick and goes back up quick.
     
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    Dap Fun Tac
    Velcro
    Stikki Wax
    A stamper she can personalize
    Sign and return stamper
    sewing kit
    Craft scissors
    heavy duty mechanical pencil sharpener
    air freshener
    teacher pencils
     
  34. 6SinTeaching

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    Oh the Pics!

    All of the above are great. One thing that I suggest is a digital camera!
     
  35. runsw/scissors

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    Mauvalus Tape is the best stuff in the world. It sticks to walls made of wood, cinder block, painted and unpainted, just about anything. It keeps posters up for a long time and leaves no marks or stains! It also didn't peel my freshly painted walls. It is kind of pricey but well worth the money.
     
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    Thanks, runs! Many teachers are perpetually searching for something that will keep posters up... This year my walls were mostly stapleable, but last year I hung and re-hung everything a zillion times!
     

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