Mike has hit the nail on the head. Every teaching job will take you in slightly different directions. Your needs for 'stuff' will be evident as your lessons with your classes unfold. Then you will know exactly what kinds of stuff to collect. Perhaps more importantly, you'll identify what you don't need.
Altho, I must admit, having the strange items around might be just the trigger for a most magnificent assignment/ subject matter in an unexpected way. (yes, my room is messy and has strange things in it.)
After 3 or 4 years of not using something, I try to let it go or use it up.
For what it's worth I never started one of these either and I was recommended to do so as well. I think it's too early to collect. Wait till you see where you wind up and what you'll be teaching. I think after a while you'll know what to collect. I'm in my third year and I'm starting to get a sense of that.
Paul J. Gelinas JHS
Setauket, Ny ---
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