The "personal stuff" you keep in your classroom / office.

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  1. MsWK

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    What kind of personal things do you keep in your classroom or office? Stuff for emergencies? Stuff to make your day smoother? Stuff to remind you of home?

    I keep:

    • Tampons
    • Advil / Tylenol / Alka-Seltzer, Decongestant
    • Lotion
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Nail clippers
    • Nail file
    • Sewing kit
    • Safety pins
    • Extra outfit (Comfy pants, tank, sweater, underwer & socks)
    • Umbrella
    • Lightweight jacket for days it's chilly and I didn't expect it
    • Chocolate, lots of chocolate
    • Spare change for the vending machines
    • Personal ink pens, pencils, etc., because the ones my school supplies are crap
    • A few breakfast / lunch items: tuna, soup, cans of V8, granola bars, crackers, snacks, etc.

    Okay, I think that's about it. I don't have a lot of personal items as far as decorations go... it's mostly just "in case of emergency" kind-of stuff.
     
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    framed picture of my son
    toothbrush and toothpaste
    deodorant
    mints
    (notice an odor theme here? :lol:)
    refrigerator with water, yogurt, apples, salad dressing, chocolate
    granola bars
     
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    Deo
    personal items
    lotion
    germ x
    extra set of clothes
    my personal items for grading papers etc.. all needed office items we have to buy them
    Lunch money
    mints
    cough drops
    head ache med.
    lord i could go on and on
     
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    Headache and cold medicine
    ice/heat pack
    lotion
    change
    chocolate candy
    healthy snacks
    my own office supplies
    drinks-water, gatorade, soda

    I like the extra change of clothes idea, and the deodorant. Its mighty hot in FL that first month of school. I may just have to do that.
     
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    I don't originally think of bringing anything. The first time I need it, I know to bring it the next day and keep it there the rest of the year.
     
  7. sarypotter

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    I keep:

    a change of clothes
    bottled water
    granola bars
    spare change (except I constantly spend it)
    hand sanitizer
    more hand sanitizer
    camera
    notebook
    a little bit more hand sanitizer
    a photo each of my niece, nephew, cat, dog, and horse
    a framed photo of the class I had my first year of teaching
     
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    my own box of kleenex
    tylenol
    deoderant
    bottled water in my mini fridge
    pepsi in my mini fridge
    crackers
    chocolate
    hand lotion
    hand sanitizer
    cough drops/peppermints
    sweater
    change of clothes
    tea bags and a mug
    splenda
    umbrella
     
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    In the fridge - water, diet drinks and frozen meals
    Other stuff -
    100 Cal snacks
    Cereal bars
    Sharpies of all colors
    My camera is with me off and on
    CD's/music for naptime
    feminine stuff in the bathroom
    I'm sure I have more of my stuff here and there.
     
  10. Superteacher81

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    I hadn't thought of all that, but all of those are great ideas! Guess my shopping list just got bigger!
     
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    I keep:

    Snacks and drinks (Coke, fruit cups, chips, Milanos, etc)
    feminine products
    Motrin
    toothpaste and toothbrush
    sweater
    hand lotion
    office supplies
    spare change for when I run out of Cokes and need to buy one from the vending machine :)
     
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    -Various types of medicines
    -Chapstick
    -Wrinkle spray
    -lint remover
    -toothbrush & toothpaste
    -non-perishable snacks/food
    -lighter
    -small tools (screwdriver, hammer etc)
    -feminine items
    -house shoes (leftovers from slipper day, but kept them in there for a just in case day).
    -hair brush & hair ties
    -body spray
    -deoderant
    -tide to go pen
    -petroleum jelly & q tips (give this to the kids when they have chapped lips)
     
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    Shout wipes. Tide To Go stick.
     
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    Granola
    Tools (hammer, screwdriver)
    Tampons
    Hand sanitizer
    moisterizer
    snack food
    Water bottle
    cups
    exacto knife
    ibuprophine
    toothbrush, dental floss, and toothpaste
    photos of family
     
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    I'm pretty sure this is the one thing that I always have with me in my personal stash at school! :lol: Glad to see that I'm not alone :D
     
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    Pictures and art of my own children
    a picture of me when I was my students age
    Advil/Aleve
    Tampons/Underwear
    water bottles + crystal light packages in various flavors
    change for vending machines
    Kens steakhouse butermilk ranch dressing
    batteries + flashlight
    salt shaker
    ice packs in my fridge
     
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    I just have Excedrin, a hair brush, some foundation, batteries, and some durable water bottles. I also have snacks in my fridge to keep my energy at its peak throughout the day. Then of course I have lots of pictures, stuffed animals, and nice items.
     
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    I have:

    hand lotion
    tylenol
    spare change
    body spray
    pictures of family
    pepsi and water in fridge
    snacks
    CHOCOLATE
    deoderant

    But from looking at everyone else's lists I may need to add more things to mine!!!:lol:
     
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    I have a mini fridge stocked with dt. pepsi, water & salad dressing
    tampons
    tylenol
    hand lotion
    kleenex
    sweater
    chocolate
    pictures of my own kids
    nail file/clippers
    flashlight
    screwdrives
    spare change
    of course the fridge is mine & so is the microwave

    I probably have more stuff but I think that's it.
     
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    Deoderant
    Mints or Gum
    Advil
    Lotion
    Nail File
    Toothpaste/brush/dental floss
    Snacks: Granola Bar, Tea, Oatmeal, Candy
    Chapstick/Lipgloss
    Tide to go
     
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    I have:

    -a complete change of clothing
    -an old shirt of my husband's to use as a smock
    -a pair of very old, very comfortable shoes
    -toiletries (all the essentials so I could actually bathe at school if necessary; we have a complete bathroom up on the 3rd floor)
    -individual containers of applesauce
    -a supply of Dr. Pepper
    -photographs of my husband
    -all my Giants World Series memorabilia which decorates the wall and cabinet beside my desk

    I also have clothing, food, and toiletries in a backpack in my van. After the 1989 earthquake I couldn't get home right away and the backpack was essential. I was the only one who had toilet paper. You'd be surprised what a precious commodity that was!
     
  22. maroki

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    I keep:

    -lotion
    -mint chapstick
    -loose change
    -picture of my husband & I, picture of my fam. at my bro's graduation
    -ibuprofen
    -sweater (front zip kind)
    -flip flops (in case I can't stand wearing my shoes anymore)

    I also have an emergency bag with food and water in the closet in my classroom, and I have another emergency bag with food, water, clothes, blanket, etc. in my car.

    And I supply and keep all my own office supplies at my desk: post-its, markers, crayons, pens, pencils, etc. I LOVE :wub: office supplies and buy really nice stuff that I don't have to share with the kids; I have tubs and tubs of them organized all around and in my desk.
     
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    all of the above &
    hammer
    nails
    screw drivers
    case of bottled water
    can of cashews
    granola bars
    hot glue gun
    tums
    of course, chocolate
    ipod
    ipod speakers
    I know a lot of teachers who keep a pair of house shoes
     
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    Snacks
    Food (ex. fruit in cups, tuna kits, chicken kits) for days I am too
    tired to pack a lunch or the school lunch is bad
    Throat Lozenges, tylenol, pepto-bismal
    Lotion
    Hand wipes (I don't touch things the kids touch or use the sink,
    I have asthma and need no "germies")
    Nail file
    Sunglasses
    Bathroom bag
    Water
    Kleenix
    Boom box with my favorite cd's
    Chair pads
    Deco. items (bears, "It's good to be queen" items)
    DVD's (movies if I'm working on the week-end, Andy Griffith show
    for late afternoons and I need to relax)
    A HEAVY winter jacket with hood, mittens
    An umbrella (extra large size)
    Plus, anything to keep me organized. I love to organize!!!
     
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    Lotion, body spray, deodorant
    Gum
    Chapstick
    Feminine hygiene products
    Compact mirror
    Manicure set
    Mini sewing kit
    Hammer, screw driver, tape measure
    Soup, crackers, other snacks
    Mini condiments (ketchup packets, Splenda packets)
    Water, water bottle, pop
    Sweater
    Slippers (to wear during my prep periods)
    Pictures of my family
    My own personal pharmacy--Excedrin, Motrin, saline nasal spray, generic Airborne, Pepto Bismol, cough drops, vitamin-C lozenges
    Change and dollar bills (for when I need something out of the vending machines or forget my lunch/lunch money)
    CDs and DVDs (for when I stay late or come in early and need some background noise)
    Fancy, puffy desk chair

    Next year I'm going to be sure to have a change of clothes, just in case.
     
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    Good heavens!

    I'd need a U-haul to take away all of my personal stuff if I ever left my school.

    First of all, I have about a weeks worth of teaching attire at any given time. And usually in my room there are at least two bikes (actually, one is usually hitched to a post outside).

    I have an exercise ball and about half of the non-student furniture is stuff I brought from home.

    I keep a change of cycling clothes in case I get soaked on my way to school. I also have a collection of bike tools and spare tubes and stuff.

    And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
     
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    I feel like I have been so unprepared during all my teaching years. I have been making a list and will stock up for this year!
     
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    I have....
    - nail file
    - picture of my hubby
    - picture of my duaghter
    - tube of airborne
    - tylenol
    - first aid kit
    - gum (from when I was pregnant and naseous ?sp?)

    In my purse, I have the personal products (tampons, pads, money.)
     
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    I was cleaning out my desk and found a chicken salad kit (canned chicken) from three years ago. It's time to replace the chicken!!!!
     
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    I forgot about the flashlight I keep in case of a power outage.
     
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    I am adding to my growing list....I try to keep on hand some blank cards for co-worker thank yous, birthdates, etc.
     
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    Most of the above plus:
    winter boots and other attire
    slippers for late working
    union shirt so I don't have to remember to wear it :)
    spare truck keyes
     
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    I never thought about bringing some of this stuff...like a flashlight and a spare change of clothes...what a great idea! I do have most of the others though...for food I always keep a bag of popcorn because it can serve as an emergency lunch if I didn't pack one and they are serving sloppy joes or mystery meat, or it can be a snack when the kids forget one and my animal crackers run out! :)
     

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