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45 Teacher and Classroom Essentials You Need for September

It is getting closer and closer to September and that means one thing for teachers...planning our classrooms for next year! Setting up a classroom for success in September requires careful planning and consideration of various items. Here's a list of 45 must-haves for teachers to create an organised and effective learning environment.

  1. Writing tools (pens, pencils, markers, highlighters)

  2. Whiteboard markers and erasers (though I use microfibre cloths)

  3. Sticky notes in different sizes and colours

  4. Chart paper and easel

  5. Index cards

  6. Coloured paper and card

  7. Bulletin board borders and trimmers

  8. Motivational Posters

  9. Alphabet and number wall charts

  10. Classroom rules and expectations poster

  11. Maps and globes

  12. Calendar and weather charts

  13. Classroom library with a variety of books

  14. Book bins and labels for organisation

  15. Reading corner with comfortable seating

  16. Math manipulatives (counters, base-ten blocks, etc.)

  17. Art supplies (crayons, markers, paints, brushes)

  18. Glue sticks and tape

  19. Classroom timers and stopwatches

  20. Classroom mailboxes or folders for student work

  21. Storage bins and containers for supplies

  22. Laminator and laminating sheets

  23. Wall clock for time management - ideally non-ticking so it's not distracting for students with sensitive hearing

  24. Noise-cancelling headphones for quiet work

  25. Classroom rug for gatherings or circle time

  1. Desk organisers for teachers' materials

  2. Pencil sharpener and extra pencils

  3. Student folders or binders for organization

  4. Wall pockets or file holders for student work

  5. Hole puncher and stapler

  6. Magnetic letters and numbers

  7. Dry erase boards or lapboards

  8. Desk pets

  9. Classroom computer or laptop - I personally love a chromebook

  10. Printer and copier

  11. Sensory toys

  12. USB drives or external hard drives for data storage

  13. Classroom iPad and protective case

  14. Teacher Planner

  15. Word wall with high-frequency words

  16. Work books

  17. Behaviour management system (e.g., reward stickers)

  18. Stress balls or fidget toys

  19. Classroom plants for a touch of nature

  20. Visual Timetable

Remember, this list is not exhaustive, and it's important to consider the specific needs of your classroom and students. Adapting the environment to support student engagement, organisation, and learning is crucial for a successful start to the school year. Enjoy!

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