Teachers love Post-it Notes and fun colored pens. We can always be counted on to have the latest and greatest of school supplies. But what else does a teacher need at their desk? Teachers practically live in their classrooms, so what supplies will come to the rescue over and over again? Here is our comprehensive list of teacher desk supplies you will not regret having in your classroom!
15 NECESSITIES FOR YOUR TEACHER DESK
- Hair Ties: pull back your hair, loan one to a student, bundle a bunch of pens
- Advil: headaches, backaches (mostly headaches)
- Plastic Utensils: Ever forget your spoon or fork? No need to walk down to the cafeteria. Even better — a reusable set!
- Contact Lens Solution and Case: no more dry or irritated eyes, a backup set of glasses would be helpful too!
- Emergen-C: When you start to feel a sore throat coming on, pop an Emergen-C into a water bottle and keep on truckin’. I like to also keep throat lozenges or even Jolly Ranchers to soothe my throat by the time 7th period rolls around.
- Clorox Wipes: disinfect, keep your desk clean, wipe up small messes as needed
- Extra Phone Charger: you will be a favorite with your colleagues – just make sure to label it with your name so it doesn’t disappear
- Eye Glasses Repair Kit: fix students’ glasses quick, no more duck tape
I hope this list gets you thinking, it has saved me lots of time and headaches (literally).
Here are some additional items that we thought were pertinent to add after reading suggestions from teachers and being in the classroom for 3 more years.
You Won’t Regret HavING These SUPPLIES
- Deodorant: In case you forget or have had an especially stressful day.
- Sewing kit, duct tape, safety pins, zip ties: Anything that can help with wardrobe malfunctions that you or your students might experience.
- Allergy medicine: I didn’t have allergies until I turned 26 and moved to Austin.
- Blank Cards: Encourage a coworker or write a forgotten birthday card.
- Bandaids, ice pack (if you have a small fridge), or feminine products: Keep students from having to visit the nurse. We discourage handing out any type of medication to students though.
- Backup Lunch: I relied on microwavable oatmeal or a box of cereal for the days that I left my lunch at home.
- Tide-To-Go Pen or Shout Wipes (or just an extra shirt): On those days when you spill your coffee.
If you love teacher supplies as much as I do, check out this post with 20 Must Have Teacher Supplies Under $20.
Also, check out the comments (even if you don’t have anything to share) because there are many great ideas to round out ANY need you might have during your day of teaching! What teacher desk supplies do you rely on in your classroom?
Editor’s Note: We have been publishing content for the Maneuvering the Middle blog for over 6 years! This post was originally published in February of 2015 and has been revamped for accuracy and relevancy.