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10 Back to School Supplies Every Teacher Needs

A list of ten essential school supplies teachers need to have a great start to their new school year by 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Back to school supplies are on every teachers’ wish list. Teachers are busy people. We don’t have time to drive from store to store thinking about what supplies we might need. Below is a list of ten essential school supplies teachers need to have a great start to their new school year. Leave a comment below if I left something off the list you cannot live without. This blog post contains affiliate links that are of no cost to the reader. If you make a purchase through the provided links this blog will receive a small commission to help with the financial costs of maintaining the site.

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1. Good Pens – you will be grading for hours so make sure you like your pens.

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2. Binder clips – I use these clips to sort marking, photocopies, notes, and just about anything else in my classroom. These are essential and I could not live without them.

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3. Fun sticky notes – I love using different colours and shapes to add some sparkle to day!

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4. Scented Markers – who says students get to have all the fun? These markers make anchor chart writing so much more enjoyable.

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5. Reliable water bottle – teachers love to talk and we need to stay hydrated to avoid the 3pm candy machine “dinner”.

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6. Good quality binders – invest in good solid binders that are study and will not bend your lessons. I still use lots of paper because my school is not 1:1.

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7.  Highlighters – I buy multi-colour packs so I can model different strategies or parts of a lesson in different colours.

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8.  Metal stapler – The plastic ones always jam when I am stapling student work.

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9. Coloured printer paper/card stock – my students love it when task cards or other lesson components are printed out on fun coloured paper.

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10. Comfortable teacher bag – you will be carrying many items in this bag make sure it has LOTS of pockets, and fits nicely on your car seat.

Bonus Supply

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11. Pencils (for student use)

I keep a supply of pencils for student use. Check out this blog post for my reasons.

Other Back to School Ideas

  1. September Lesson Plans for Middle School ELA
  2. Back to School Activities Bundle
  3. Middle School Long Range Plans & Curriculum Maps



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2 thoughts on “10 Back to School Supplies Every Teacher Needs”

  1. I use a Land's End book bag as my teacher bag, and it's great . . . except when it confuses my air bag system in my car and makes it start beeping because it thinks I have a passenger. 🙂

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