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Essential Teacher Tool Kit?

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Alix E. Peshette (apeshet)
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 21:00:38 -0800

Hi All,
I would like to suggest a new topic for discussion; the essential
teacher tool kit! This can be anything from needed (but not school-
provided) minor tools and equipment to comfort items, food, objects,
etc. What have you found to be not only useful, but sometimes
essential during the school day? (I'm not counting the cot,
refrigerator, microwave, foot massager and CD player that we all
could use in our classrooms ;-) )

To start things off, I would like to offer the following as
essentials in my art and social studies classroom:

Instructional stuff:
monofilament fish line (for hanging things invisibly)
a white sheet (instant slide screen)
small set of computer tools like screw drivers, etc.
clear packing tape, duct tape, masking tape (you never know...)
address labels with my name and the school's address
extra postage stamps
plastic zip lock bags (storing student work)
tons of brown lunch bags (storing more student work)
wooden clothes pins (to hold things while they are being glued
cheap hot glue guns (right up there with duct tape as deities)
a homemade wooden door stop (for keeping my classroom door open on a
nice day)
extra clipboards (so that students can have a writing surface when
working on the rug or doing odd clerical jobs for me)
a hot-air popcorn maker and a ton of cheap popcorn (for a class
extension cords and surge protectors (what classroom has enough
electrical outlets?)

Comfort items:
nail clippers, hand lotion, lip salve, antacid, aspirin, band-aids,
cough drops, kleenex, plastic silverware, instant soup, instant hot
chocolate, a bag of fat free pretzels (great for quick student
bribes), a sense of humor and the up-coming holidays marked on my
personal calendar.

Please add to this list and share your collective wisdom!

Alix Peshette
Emerson Junior High School

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