We’ve all left our homes without a key item needed for the day’s activities. But when that day is the first day back from summer break, teachers can be set back in their valuable preparation time. Just to make sure you don’t forget something important, here’s a list of the items you need to make sure to leave the house with.
1. Cleaning products
When you walk in, your classroom will be filthy with dust and grime accumulated from the summer months. Cleaning should be the first thing on your to-do list, but it’s hard without the right supplies.
Pre-school week means a lot of cutting, particularly when it comes to decorating your classroom. If you’re not 100% sure that you have a pair of scissors in your room, bring some.
3. Printer ink
If you’re one of the lucky ones who has a printer in their classroom, your ink has probably congealed over break. Bring some with you so you can print out all of those materials for the first day of school.
After cleaning and arranging furniture, you’re going to want to get organized. You’ll need some new file folders for those new students.
5. Tape measure
Ever try to evenly space a bulletin board with a protractor? If you have, you’ll know that a tape measure is a much more efficient tool for the task.
6. Name plates for desks (elementary)
Elementary teachers know how important name plates are. If you forget them, you’ll have to let the kids sit where they want. No one wants that.
7. Your device charger(s)
You’re going to be constantly on the go and taking notes during pre-school week, which will probably lead to a dead battery. Don’t count on your IT department handing out spares.
8. Pictures from your summer trip
You need to have something to talk about, because no one is ready to talk about business yet.