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17 Essential Supplies for New Teachers

These items will help ensure your classroom is a safe, inviting space for your students—and yourself

By The TFA Editorial Team

July 28, 2016

When you’re a new teacher, your classroom is a blank slate. You’re probably daydreaming right now about all the wonderful things you’ll do to create a comfortable and inviting environment for your students. You’ll want to start with the essentials—those items every classroom needs to make it safe, clean, and student-friendly. Check out these 17 classroom must-haves, and before you know it, your classroom will be ready to welcome your students!

1. Antibacterial wipes

Your classroom won’t be a blank slate for long. With children come germs, so you’ll want to have wipes handy to keep you and your students healthy, especially during cold and flu season.

2. Tissues

Just like wipes, tissues are a must-have, no matter the season.

3. Hand sanitizer

Another must-have item to keep you and your students healthy!

4. Shower board

Hit up your local hardware store for shower board, perfect for creating personalized white boards for your classroom.

5. Whiteboard markers

Whiteboards need markers! Stock up on these, as they can easily get lost or quickly dry up.

6. Pens and pencils

An ample supply of pens and pencils are a must for any classroom.

7. Colored duct tape

Use multi-colored duct tape to label drawers, color-code areas of the classroom, and make signs.

8. Storage bins, shelves, and tubs

As a new teacher, you’ll learn quickly that every item in your classroom will need a home. Storage bins, shelves, and tubs are the perfect way to organize.

9. Velcro

Use Velcro to stick posters to the wall, and even to attach markers to whiteboards and pens to desks so they don’t get lost.

10. A timer

Setting a timer will make it easy to stick to schedules during special projects or activity time.

11. Magnets and clips

Magnets and clips can always be put to good use in a classroom.

12. Museum putty

Use museum putty to adhere posters and other items to the walls of your classroom.

13. An extra clock

Place an extra clock opposite the one already in your room. This way you’ll always be able to keep track of the time no matter where you are in the classroom.

14. Small mirror

Keep a mirror inside your desk drawer. After lunch you can check to make sure there’s no food stuck between your teeth!

15. Rugs, lamps, and household items

Rugs, lamps, and other housewares can make your classroom more inviting and comfortable for your students.

16. Stickers or other rewards for students

Keep these handy in your desk to place on tests or homework, or to give directly to students for a job well done.

17. Something special or sentimental

Bring in something small that reminds you of home and makes you feel comfortable. If there’s a special story behind the item, share it with your class! What essentials do you already have lined up for your classroom? Share in the comments below!