I'm starting to take education classes in the fall, and will probably be graduating in about 3 years. Since I started reading these forums, I've learned a lot about what I'm getting myself into. :lol: One of these is the large amount of stuff elem teachers tend to collect. I'm guessing that someone on their first year would have to buy a lot of supplies, books, manipulatives, organizers, etc. I was thinking that it might be a good idea to start collecting things like this now, so when I do graduate I won't be as overwhelmed. What things would a first year teacher need? For all of the veterans out there, what do you have now that you wish you had when you started teaching?