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RE: Essential Teacher Tool Kit?

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Fields, Linda (
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 12:15:41 -0500

I love this list, but would include hand lotion, tissues, lip salve and
a sense of humor as essentials. Would also add drinking water (for me),
pencils, a lockable drawer or cabinet with key, and a computer
w/internet access so I can keep up with this list.
Have a great weekend, everybody, and congratulations to all
those newly National Board Certified Art Teachers out there! Linda in NC

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> From: Alix E. Peshette[SMTP:apeshet]
> Sent: Friday, November 13, 1998 12:00 AM
> Subject: Essential Teacher Tool Kit?
> 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.
> WD-40
> 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
> together)
> 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
> treat)
> 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!
> Thanks,
> Alix Peshette
> Emerson Junior High School