This year your middle school English classroom is going to be STOCKED. Whether you’re a first-year teacher or a veteran, the tips and tricks included in this article will make your year a million times easier. So buckle up, add ‘lint roller’ to your supply list, and check out our other favorite middle school English supplies.
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What are THE most important middle school English supplies? Books, of course! Check out our list of the best books to teach in middle school (linked above) to start building out your library.
2. A Bookcase
Now that you have titles for your library all picked out, let’s square them away! This cube organizer is perfect for separating books by genre, size, or reading level. See more of our favorite classroom bookshelves.
This is definitively the BEST stapler around. NOT the newer version, but this specific see-through version. Trust us.
4. Expo Markers
You already knew you’d need Expo markers, but we specifically recommend these ones—they seem to last longer and write a little darker. Bonus tip: store them facing downwards so that all of the ink flows towards the tip of the marker. Check out more of our favorite dry erase markers here.
Keep notebooks from mysteriously disappearing by creating a designated space for them. These crates are an easy solution, and they come in a pack of six!
6. Lint Roller
This one is important. When it comes to pencil shavings, there is simply no better way to clean your floor off than with a lint roller.
Picture this: it’s a hot afternoon in mid-May, and your middle school English classroom is packed with sweaty pre-teen students. Need I say more?
Sticky notes work well for exit tickets, reading mini-goals, and pretty much any other activity you can think of, too! Here are some of our favorite ways to use sticky notes in the classroom.
Painter’s tape is ideal for hanging student work and posters around your classroom
Your students won’t be able to resist this massive bean bag! It’s affordable, stylish, and will make your reading ‘nook’ feel so inviting. Check out more of our favorite reading nook seating here.
Clipboards allow students to work anywhere, which is especially helpful if you implement flexible seating in your classroom. Additionally, these ones double as individual dry erase boards, meaning they do double the job for half the price! Want more clipboard ideas? Check out our favorites!
Analyzing texts and engaging in the writing process means highlighting, and LOTS of it. Keep a good collection of highlighters in multiple colors on hand and no text will escape scrutiny!
13. Gel Pens
These are the best gel pens of all time! They make grading a little bit more exciting, and your students will definitely appreciate a break from the red pen.
14. A Soft Rug
Sadly, your budget probably won’t cover enough bean bags for your entire class. Luckily, this rug can easily fit a bunch of middle schoolers and is still a comfortable place to read. Flexible seating win! Looking for an option that matches your theme? Check out these highly-reviewed rugs!
15. Jumbo Paper Roll
Especially if you plan on doing a lot of group work, it’s nice to have large pieces of paper to pass out. Students can move from quickly jotting down their discussion notes, ideas, or brain maps to presenting them to the class without any extra effort.
16. Golf Pencils
These pencils are ideal to loan out to students. They’re a lot cheaper than full-sized pencils and kids don’t want to hold onto them because they’re so small. Thus, it’s almost guaranteed that your loaner pencils will be returned. You’re welcome.
17. Paper Organizers
These trays make collecting student assignments a breeze. Now, if only someone would invent something that made grading as easy …
18. Pencil Sharpener
The best pencil sharpener ever! It even comes with a warranty, so if it breaks in less than two years, X-ACTO will send you a brand new one. Interested in other options, check out our list of teacher recommended pencil sharpeners!
Bookmarks are the best way to keep books in your classroom library from getting dog-eared. I’ll do ANYTHING to ward off dog-ears.
20. Wall Art
This poster set is ideal for any English classroom—adorable and just colorful enough to cheer up your room without distracting students. They’re also FREE!
21. A sense of humor
Teaching middle school isn’t easy, but with a little determination, flexibility, and a truly spectacular sense of humor (I mean grammar-based puns, of course) you’ll be just fine.
Introduce your middle school readers to short stories! These options are a great way to expose your class to different authors and genres.
Nervous about entering the profession or switching into the middle school world? Check out our Facebook Group, WeAreTeachers HELPLINE, for more advice!