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To start things off, I would like to offer the following as
essentials in my art and social studies classroom:
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
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
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
Please add to this list and share your collective wisdom!
Emerson Junior High School