The Classroom Supplies That I Wish Someone Told Me I Needed

Bras, slippers and mister fans, oh my!

27 Things Teachers Need in Their Classrooms

We know every time you walk into Target or the dollar store these days that you’re walking out with armfuls of notebooks, markers, cute desk accessories and maybe a new water bottle or some chocolate. All things teachers need in their classrooms, all things you’ll use and all things you’ll continuously stock up on throughout the year.

But, what do you do when you need a pick me up in the dead of winter? Or your cute, new shoes were really death traps in disguise? Or the school water cooler feels like a marathon away to reach? Well, we went to your fellow teachers for their tips on the best things they’ve ever added to their classroom essentials. You’ll never see these items stocked in the traditional BTS section of your favorite store—but every teacher will direct you to the right aisle to buy these things in a heartbeat!

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1. Amazon Echo Dot


“Weather updates, random number generator (instead of picking sticks), all kinds of music, and translation for my ELL student. I’m hoping they take off as a classroom tool and get more skills!” —Melanie S.

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2. Mini fridge and microwave combo

 

fridge and microwave
“This way, I don’t spend my entire 30 minute lunch break waiting in line for the microwave. Unfortunately, I never leave my room!” —Mary G.

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3. Scentsy warmer

 

scentsy-warmer
“I have to have my Scentsy warmer to rid my room of freshmen funk. Many still have not learned about the importance of personal hygiene.” —Beth S.

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4. Essential oils diffuser

 

diffuser

“I use it to help clean the air of germs. Peppermint oil for focus, orange to uplift, and of course it helps with that sweaty after recess smell!. Plus it is all natural and safe for the kiddos!” —Christina C.

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5. Extra shoes

boots
“Uhhhh . . . for those days when I accidentally wear mismatched boots (PS: Don’t get dressed in the dark)” —Krista S.

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6. A spare bra

 

bra
“Seriously! I’ve had underwires snap on me early in the day TWICE without having a backup. Of course, now that I have a spare, I’ve yet to need it.” —Samantha M.

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7. Salt rock lamp

 

salt-lamp
“I tell my kids if has calming abilities. Even if it doesn’t really work, hopefully they think it does.” —MaryBeth B.

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8. Starbucks Via Instant Coffee

Starbucks
“Way better than brew in school.” —JR R.

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9. Hot water pot

 

hot-water-pot
“It helps to keep going on cold days, or if I’m not feeling well. I also have offered hot chocolate, hot apple cider and tea on special occasions for students.” —Sue W.

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10. Graphits

graphits
“These are little post it notes with graphs on them. They are real time savers when I want the kids. To do a quick problem in their notebook. I use them all the time in 8th grade math.” —Sue B.

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11. Funko Pops

 

funko pops
” I keep Funko Pops on my desk, they bring me a little joy!” —Kira K.

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12. Basketball net

 

basketball net
“I teach math, but coach our girl’s basketball team so this is a must!!! I do use it with math though.” —Nicole M

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13. Clamp-on cup holder

 

clamp on cup holder
“It clamps to the edge of my desk and no spills on the papers I need to grade.” —Dayna C.

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14. Tampons

 

tampons
“I keep a box for me and anyone that needs them” —Erin W.

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15. Label maker

 

label-maker
“I couldn’t function without it.” —Denise C.

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16. Blue painters tape

 

blue-painters-tape
“I’m a middle school social studies teacher and I use this constantly! Setting up physical boundaries for games/simulations, hanging visuals on walls just for one day, scaling geographic features to the size of our classroom… the list goes on!” —Bethany C.

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17. Heating pad

 

heating-pad
“For those days my back is killing me and also when it’s cold out and I can’t get warmed up no matter what!” —Amy P.

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18. White Christmas lights

 

white-christmas-lights
“These are a G-d send on days when my autistic students experience major sensory overload. I turn off the fluorescent lights and put the Christmas lights on and instantly things are calmer.” —Sarah R.

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19. Jolly Ranchers

 

jolly-ranchers
“As the counselor, my littles come to me with ‘good stuff’ and ‘bad stuff’…it’s amazing the power a Jolly Rancher has to add to a celebration or soothe a hurt!” —Jennifer M.

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20. Misting fan

 

misting fan

“When I was pregnant, I’d get severe hot flashes. After I sent students twice a day to get ice packs from the nurse, I then finally brought one of these to school.” —Alyssa I.

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21. Static Guard

 

static-guard
“It never fails that you wear a cute top or nice dress and it’s instantly up your butt the second you sit on one of those plastic chairs!” —Mikaela M.

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22. Slippers

 

slippers
“These babies…for the days when those ‘oh so cute’ shoes aren’t the most suitable for chasing after children!” —McAlister G.

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23. Magic Eraser

 

magic-eraser

” I teach Pre-K and have crayons in every center! This is a life saver for me!” —Anna J.

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24. PaperMate mechanical pencils

 

papermate-pencil
“Best pencils in the world!! Strong lead and never breaks!” —Lauri T.

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25. Nail polish remover

 

nail-polish-remover
“Removes permanent marker, and cleans white board build up.” —Crystal C.

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26. Sunscreen

 

sunscreen
“I put a dab on my upper lip so I can get that summer scent/sense all year long.” —Lisa M.

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27. Brita water pitcher

 

brita
“This is a beautiful thing. I have to walk so far for water and I love that this makes it easily accessible.” —Amy K.

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What would you add to the list of things teachers need in their classrooms?

 

Posted by Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

Lauren West-Rosenthal is a senior editor at WeAreTeachers. In the fourth grade, she started writing "bonus chapters" to her favorite books. Her teacher was impressed -- and encouraging -- and a vast writing career was born!

One Comment

  1. Jane Vandervelde August 15, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I have to have dental floss and toothpicks for days when I have spinach salad for lunch — never fails to stick in my teeth.

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