What are somethings you ALWAYS keep in your classroom

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  1. VANewbie

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    I know during my ST me CT always told me to keep a shaw or sweater in the room all year.

    While reading these threads I have learned that some people keep a change of clothes in their class.

    Help me and any other new/beginning teacher be prepared for the new year.

    I wish I had a fridge in my room. That would help for those days when I forgot my lunch.
     
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  3. Beth2004

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    -Plastic sandwhich bags (mostly for the kids) for: broken jewelry, lost teeth, change from lunch money, etc.

    -Thank you cards. You never know when you'll need them.

    -A box of granola bars in case I forget my lunch or, on occasion, if a student complains about not eating breakfast.

    -Plastic grocery bags. It's surprising how often the kids ask for a bag to put stuff in.

    That's all I can think of right now. If I can think of more, I'll post again. :)
     
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    I always keep a pair of flip flop sandals in my classroom. I try to wear heels to work when I can especially when I dress up a bit more at the beginning of the year, but wearing flat sandals and flip flops all summer, my feet aren't used to the heels. So the flip flops save me when my heels fail me.

    Like you, I always bring a sweater with me.

    I tend to get migraine headaches, so I keep a bottle of Excedrin Migraine in my desk drawer.

    I also keep Swiffer Dusters in the cabinet because custodians don't dust, they just sweep up/vacuum. And a bottle of spray cleaner like Fantastik for just in case.

    SNACKS! I'm a snack fiend and get hungry often. Its usually something I can quickly pop in my mouth between classes like Goldfish crackers or almonds. :blush:
     
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    Tylenol, bandaids, hair brush, lip balm, pepto bismal, extra coat, breath mints, envelopes (kids hand you money for lunch--we have to put it in envelopes and label it), money (change) for the pop machine if you forget to bring a drink, granola bars....
     
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    ~Your favorite read-aloud book.
    ~Lysol wipes
    ~cough drops
     
  7. scmom

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    I have been accused of having just about everything but as a new teacher:
    -Snacks
    -Some money for drinks or lunch stashed in the classroom separate from my purse in case I have no cash or someone is going to buy or....
    -Pain reliever
    -Tools kit for all those little repairs, etc.
    -Bags of many types
    -Music you like to listen to when you are working alone
    -Since you are an early childhood teacher with lots of opportunity for messes I would say a change of clothes. I have spent the day in wet or messy shirts which isn't comfortable.
    -I have a hat and sunglasses for the playground separate from the ones I use in my personal life.
    -I have cups, plates, plasticware, etc. for lunches in case I forgot one when I packed lunch or whatever.
    -I can't tell you how many times fellow teachers have had to ask for a break to go buy personal feminine supplies so a stock on hand just in case.
    -Extra drinks.
    -In an early childhood classroom you may not have a desk so I have a box of office supplies - pens, scissors, glue, glue sticks, permanent markers, tape, etc. so I always know where it is and it isn't where kids can get to it (or other teachers).
    -I always wear a pen around my neck (nerdy, I know) for all the times I have to write their names on their papers or do attendance or sign a form or ? so I don't have to hunt for one.
    -Personal phone numbers - doctor, whatever if you aren't allowed your cell phone.
    -I am the only teacher at my site who wears a watch (which broke last night - darn!). Others are constantly asking me what time it is on the playground since they are used to using their phones which we aren't allowed to carry.
    -I can't live without a clipboard to carry around attendance, observations, assessments and whatever.

    I think my teacher friends would be laughing reading this that my list is so short because I am the "go-to" person whenever anyone needs something.
     
  8. Aliceacc

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    -A sweater (sometimes my white cardigan, sometimes black.)
    -Tylenol
    -feminine hygiene stuff
    - a brush
    -bandaids
    - a sewing kit and safety pins for kids to use for uniform repairs

    That's pretty much it. Anything else-- say, money, I know I can borrow in a pinch.

    Also, our faculty room is always well stocked with bagels and rolls. So if I ever forgot my lunch and for some reason didn't want to borrow money from one of my friends, I could always make do with a buttered bagel and a cup of tea.
     
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    Mr. Clean Magic Erasers - they solve just about every problem!
     
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    You are my new hero!!! That's brilliant!
     
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    Chocolate...sometimes you NEED it.
     
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    We're surrounded by fields.

    I would be very hesitant to keep any food in my room, for fear that critters would be drawn to it.
     
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    Tylenol and diet cokes (since I am downstairs about a million miles from the cafeteria I always pack my small lunch container with my diet cokes and a bottled water).
    I third the comment about Magic Erasers. They are awesome :)
     
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    Some of my must haves are...
    Motrin
    Cough drops
    Dental Flossers (food stuck in your teeth- eek)
    Tooth brush and Tooth paste
    Extra set of clothes
    Comfortable shoes
    Sweater
    Water bottles
    Snacks
    Feminine Supplies (both in my room and some in the storage desk in the bathroom)
    Ziplock baggies
    Clorox wipes
    2 Deodorants (one is mine, one is a spray for kids who forget-yuck)
    Hair clips
    Brush
    Couple of buck (cash and change)
    Swiffer Duster
    Broom and Dust pan
    Safety Pins
    Small sewing kit
    Ant Spray!!!!!!
     
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    Careful about the ant spray or ant pesticide. It is illegal in California, and probably in other states to use them in schools. They have to use very specific sprays deemed safe for kids, post 5 days in advance of spraying, etc. etc. You can get yourself in serious trouble.
     
  16. czacza

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    My Skechers Shape Ups- I walk every day at lunch time
    Tea bags and cup
    A basket in my file drawer with:
    Tampons
    Contact lens solution
    Extra strength Excedrin
    Hand cream

    Teacher stationery
    Pics of my family
    Classical music CDs, (and a Bruce Springsteen one for when I'm in my room working alone!:love:)
     
  17. Shanoo

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    I always have:

    - a couple of dollars in change
    - hard candy (like lifesavers)
    - tea bags
    - deodorant
    - feminine supplies
    - Tylenol
    - chapstick
    - bandaids
    - kleenex
    - a sweater
    - hair elastics (for when it's too hot, or my hair is driving me batty!)
    - breath mints
     
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    Lots of great ideas above. I also keep nail polish remover for getting permanent marker off of stuff.
     
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    It stays hidden and locked up. The school doesn't have anything so ya I have some. I don't spray when the kids are in the room, and I clean it up myself.
     
  20. czacza

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    Oh, and a Tide Pen.
     
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    I'm the teacher who is always hot and has a window open in the middle of February, so I don't leave a sweater in my room. I always have those plastic grocery bags in my closet because the kids always ask for one. I keep band-aids in my class. It keeps my students in the class. Also, I keep tampons, Tylenol, and chap stick in my locker. I need to purchase a Tide Pen.
     
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    The only thing I ALWAYS have in my classroom is a case of water bottles. I drink 1-3 bottles per day. Plus, I only live 5 minutes away from my school, so I can run home during lunch if I ever forget anything.

    WAIT...just thought of one more thing: I always carry Tylenol (for minor headaches) and Excedrin Migraine (for horrific headaches). Those are both tucked away in my desk.
     
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    Trying to visually go through my room here:

    Cardigan or something to keep warm that's neutral
    Extra hose
    slippers or flip flops (I get men's slippers with a solid sole in gray or brown, so they look like shoes)
    Sudoku (sometimes I just need a brain break to redirect)
    Some kind of lunch that doesn't need fridge, like PB and bread or a can of soup. I also keep a bowl and extra set of silverware.
    Mug and tea bags and sweetener.
    Chocolate and something i can munch like pretzels
    hair ties, clips, and a head band
    pads and tampons
    a little mirror
    tweezers
    deodorant, lotion, and body spray
    gum/mints
    advil, pepto, band aids, cough drops
    ziploc bags, tissues, paper products
    Moving Men (those little blue things you put under furniture to slide it)
    my label maker

    ETA: Water bottles, although I might take a brita this year
    change for soda and a little cash for fundraisers.
     
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    I KNEW I forgot something! Thanks, czacza!

    I have:
    - change of clothes
    - jean jacket and cardigan
    - bedroom slippers for after school
    - Tylenol
    - deodorant
    - feminine hygiene products
    - chocolate
    - a few dollars
    - a couple of Clif bars
    - paper towels
    - latex-free bandaids
    - latex free gloves
    - hair ties
    - powder compact
    - safety pins
    - those little Dr. Scholls pads for blisters
    - emery board
    - hand lotion
     
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    I have a drawer of personal items, such as:
    -deodorant
    -dental floss
    -meds (tums, Advil, Immodium)
    -granola bars
    -fruit cups
     
  26. Pisces_Fish

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    This list is going to make me sound like a hoarder :)
    • chapstick
    • mirror
    • bobby pins
    • bandaids
    • plastic bags
    • ziplock bags
    • sweater
    • slippers/flip flops
    • M&M's
    • caramel rice cakes
    • fruit snacks (the jelly ones)
    • Crystal Light flavor packets
    • change for vending machine
    • Advil
    • tampons
    • CD's
     
  27. Ima Teacher

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    If you name something, chances are I'll have it.

    Every time I've needed something, I've brought it in to add to my stash of stuff. I have cleaning supplies, tools, clothes, shoes, plastic bags, ziplock bags, a variety of feminine products, make-up, toiletries, jackets, slippers, pillow & blanket, various medications, snacks, drinks, sewing kit, paper plates & cups, and all kinds of other stuff.

    I have kids (and some teachers) coming to my room all the time for stuff.
     
  28. pwhatley

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    Although I'm only going into my 3rd year teaching, I was a Girl Scout Leader for SEVERAL years, so here's my (extensive) list:

    • ibuprofen
    • feminine hygiene products
    • deodorant (for me - my kiddos are only 6-7)
    • hairbrush
    • Burt's Bees medicated lip balm
    • sugar-free cough drops
    • band-aids
    • baby wipes
    • magic erasers (dollar tree version)
    • lysol spray & wipes
    • hand sanitizer
    • hand cream
    • liquid paper
    • my paper cutter!
    • eyeglass wipes
    • bottled water for my kiddos (we reuse the bottles as long as possible)
    • fridge
    • microwave
    • juice (I'm diabetic)
    • popcorn and Capri Suns and "freeze pops" for my kiddos (only occasionally)
    • copy paper
    • electric pencil sharpener
    • extra crayons, erasers, glue sticks, and scissors for kiddos
    • double-stick tape
    • packing tape
    • binder clips, paper clips, staples, stapler, staple puller ( can you tell I was also an office manager?)
    • extra file folders
    • plastic shopping bags
    • zip top bags in various sizes
    • tea bags and tru-via sweetener
    • glucerna shakes for those days when I can't stop to eat
    • hair bands and clips
    • My room is always the "cool" one (hey, I power surge!), so I don't need a sweater except in winter
    • I'm adding a change of clothes!
    • umbrella
    • at least $3.80 (lunch cost)
    • personal "boom box" for listening to the radio and playing classical cds to my kiddos
    • extra shoes & socks
    • Tide pen
    • rice snacks
    • my bible and rosary (nope, I teach in public school, but they are in my desk)
     
  29. FarFromHome

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    I definitely agree with the flip flops. I asked my sister for a pair of the fuzzy flip flops (slippers) for Christmas. A coworker let me borrow hers one day and I loved them (and about 10 kids told me they liked my shoes!) More than anything, I can't handle it when my feet hurt from heels!
     
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    I keep a lot of the mentioned, but I also keep a pair of tennis shoes in my class. We have to walk the kids to each of their buses at the end of the day, but our sidewalk likes to have pools when it rains. So on rainy days, I change quickly into my sneakers before taking kids to the bus. I also keep individually wrapped snacks and carrots for those days when I'm hungrier than usual. I also keep a huge cup/jug that I fill with ice each morning, that way I never run out of water.
     
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    I got rid of the desk this year, so a lot of "stuff" is no longer in the classroom.

    I do have:
    1. a couple of sanitary napkins for girls who unexpectedly start their periods. (I, ha-ha, am past that!)
    2. a huge bottle of Aleve (I, drat, am in need of that!)
    3. a journal/to-do notebook.
    4. sugar and creamer for coffee.
    5. a jar of peanut butter and a ziplock bag of crackers. (I can get testy sometimes, and pb calms me down.)
    6. In winter, I'll bring an extra sweater.

    That's about it. The rest of the things are all school or office supplies.
     
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    Okay, this thread keeps making me laugh!

    Maybe it's because I'm a guy and tend to only keep very minimal necessities.

    Plus, the female teachers next door to me (to my right and left) both have EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING, so I know that if I ever need anything, I can run to their classroom. :thumb:
     
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    Bike pump (the big floor kind).
    An extra tube.
    Patch kit.
    M4, M5, and M6 hex wrenches.
    Spoke wrench.
    Cell phone charger.
    Non-bike clothes
    In the winter, a set of summer bike clothes (for the days when it's 30 degrees when I ride in and 65 degrees when I ride home).
    Hair products, a spray bottle, a hair dryer (for severe cases of "helmet hair")
    Sunscreen
    Febreeze
    Assortment of coat hangers (to hang bike clothes so they are dry when I ride home).
    Rechargeable AA batteries and a charger
    Amtrak ticket
    Zip ties
     
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    Oh, I forgot a thing of twine, for those who can't remember a belt (we have uniforms)
     
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    I have:
    Advil
    Cell phone charger
    snacks
    hair clip/band
    toothbrush/paste

    That's it. Everything else is school supplies.
     
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    Sarage, I have to ask...why an Amtrak Ticket?
     
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    I meant: Sarge :oops:
     
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    I have...

    Band-aids
    Latex gloves
    Tampons (For girls if they ask. I don't need them right now. One of the perks of being pregnant!)
    A box of Easy Mac for days when I forget to bring lunch
    A bowl for the Easy Mac or for soup
    Chocolate
    A plastic cup so that I can get tea or water from the cafeteria
    Lysol spray
    Screwdriver
    Tylenol
    Mints
    AA batteries (for my clock and my projector remote)

    I think that's it!
     
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    Haha... thanks! Those Magic Erasers solved a lot of problems throughout the year, short of actually catching the kid who was colouring on my cupboards!
     
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    You guys may find this weird but...

    I keep a regular old fashion desk lamp (like the pixar mascot lamp) with a low efficiency old fashion incandescent bulb in it. After hours of evil migraine generating florescent lights I like to turn off all the lights except my evil little non environmentally friendly lamp and do work by it alone. Some soft music like BNL or Brightman or rathkeltar and a cold glass of (not bottle or Can... a glass) coke zero or sprite.
    I have an audio rig that, if I turned on the amps, would make the theater teacher weep in shame on the far side of school. The kids keep daring me too and I make a promise that if everyone in a specific class makes an A I will fire up the full power (last day of school, with permission of course) and blow the windows out of the cars down the street.

    Those three things keep me sane all year long.
     
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    Chalk,

    Love your post. I so agree about the lights - when I am alone I often turn them off and work by window light because they are giving me a headache.
     

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