Hello and happy Saturday. I know that as teachers start working and gaining experience, and as the school year progresses, we start getting more and more supplies that we deem as essentials. This can seem overwhelming for a new teacher, but in reality, I think that if this is you’re first year, you’ll be fine if you have four things. The rest is clearly optional.
1. Blue, black, red, and green board markers
These are the most basic colors, and this is why I listed them first. If you have a whiteboard, you’ll need board markers, and there’s nothing better than to have your own. I like the four pack because I just can’t write with only one color. I feel that’s sad and also I’m a huge fan of color-coding in class.
2. Colorful board markers
I think these are essentials, especially if you teach younger students and you draw a lot. I also love using different colors because I feel that they make everything happier. Make sure to label yours so that they don’t get mysteriously lost. Also, remember that if you lend one it might as well be gone forever.
3. Thin markers/pens/whatever you like to write with
I love thin markers to use for grading, writing notes on agendas or filling out my grade book. Pens are sometimes too thin for me, so markers do a better job at being more noticeable. I have flare pens, but I’m kind of over them. Maybe I’ll change my mind at some point of the year, but for now I’ll do with my thin markers. And like I said before, label all your supplies.
Bright shiny pens aren’t enough. Sometimes you need highlighters. I use them to cross out items from my to-do list or lessons I have yet to execute. I also use them to draw big happy faces in my students’ works, and I think because they’re brighter, they have a greater impact. If you’re teaching students how to write, highlighters are also great for you to either trace the line where they have to write, or write something and have them go over it with a pencil.
Which essential you think is missing in this list? Let me know in the comments.
Love, Miss Camila