20 Must-Haves for Your Classroom


You’re a five star teacher so why should your supplies be rated anything less? Check out this list of reliable supplies and teacher items you MUST have for your classroom.

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1. A laminator for those quick jobs you need to get done. 

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Standing in line to get things laminated is a giant time-suck for a teacher on the go. Put this device in your classroom and get things done in a flash!

2. A wireless doorbell to grab your students’ attention. 

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This device pops up on every teacher’s Instagram as the go-to for when you need your squirrely students to re-direct their attention back to you. 

3. A set of dry-erase packets for various classroom activities.

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This 35 pack of dry erase pockets and markers is great for informally assessing who is getting certain concepts and who needs a bit more review.

4. A wireless microphone for pepping up your lessons.  

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Want to feel like a rockstar teacher? Make games and lessons more exciting by using this stylish, Bluetooth-connecting microphone.

5. Flair Pens.

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Because if you don’t have these, do you even teach, bro?

6. A teacher toolbox organizer. 

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Need a place to organize all of your own personal supplies? Label this container and never misplace office supplies again!

7. Giant Post-Its you can use as anchor charts. 

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These easel pads stick to any surface so you can just rip one off and anchor chart your heart away!

8. An organizer for either yourself or student stations.

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This five-star rated product isn’t too big or clunky for your desk. Organize all of your must haves with this convenient divider.

9. Paper Organizer Baskets

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Use these bins to sort classwork, homework, no name papers, etc. Collecting assignments has never been easier!

10. Stamps to save your poor, tired hand.

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How many times can you write the word “Excellent” on a student paper? Use these fun stamps to give positive feedback without developing carpal tunnel.

11. A Letter board.

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Put reminders, clever sayings, and shout-outs on this letter board. You can even pick students to decorate it as a reward!

12. Bouncy bands for under your students’ desks.

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These bands are a great way for your students to be physically active while staying quiet! Easily attach them to a desk and voilà! More focus on the task at hand.

13. Colorful caddies. 

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These student organizers will add some much needed color and organization to your classroom. 

14. Mr. Sketch markers.

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These scent-filled markers will keep a smile on your face even when you are making your thousandth anchor chart of the year.

15. A shoe organizer to hold your students’ cell phones.

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This organizer is the perfect spot for students to drop off their phones as they enter your classroom. Check out this article for more ideas on how to deal with cellphones in the classroom.

16. A magnetic calendar to keep track of all important school dates.

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Use this calendar to keep track of concerts, pep rallies, and days off. Your students will thank you later. 

17. Wipes to kill all of the germs.

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Use these wipes to minimize the chance of:

  • a. having to do sub plans or
  • b. coming in to school when you are actually on your deathbed. 

18. Hanging file folders.

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This organizational hack saves space while keeping your most important documents close by. 

19.  Magnetic tape. 

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Is this a glamorous must-have? No. Does it help you stick everything and anything you ever wanted on the board? Absolutely. 

20. An Amazon Echo dot.

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Need transition music? An answer to a tricky question a student asked you out of nowhere? Amazon’s Echo dot to the rescue!

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Abigail Courter is a fifth year music teacher at a K-8 private school in California.  She has taught general music, band, music technology, and performing arts.

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