When you are beginning your career as a teacher, there are so many things to think about when setting up your classroom. As a veteran teacher with 20+ years of teaching under my belt, I have a few recommendations for new teachers.
I really like Elmer’s glue. I use the white glue for classroom projects and making gak. Their glitter glue is great for making glittery gak! I also like their glue sticks. The purple ones are a great visual for those kids that go a little “glue crazy”. They can see how much they are using, then it disappears over time. Some cheaper glue sticks are completely empty after one project, while Elmer’s seem to last longer. Other glue sticks are sticky for a few days, but not in the long run. I found that out when I was putting together my end of the year memory books a few years ago. Photos that had been glued onto memory book pages a month beforehand were no longer attached. 😦
All the color coded supplies for each table fit into the top drawer of my Sterilite drawers. There is one (or more) set at each table, and students are taught to independently get their supplies from the top drawer when they need something. In the set that is at my table, I add a timer, spacemen (finger spacers for writing), a stamp to let parents know if the work was independent or with help, and a laser pointer so that I can point to a letter, word, picture card, (etc.) without getting up and leaving my group during workshop time.
I also have whiteboard paddles and lap whiteboards that are used during whole-class instruction. Once again, they are organized in baskets so that they can be passed out quickly. Each student has their own marker that they need to take care of in class. If their marker dries out because they didn’t “click the lid”, they have to throw their colored marker away and use one of the extra markers in their basket. I also have mini-whiteboards and mini-chalkboards that I use during workshop (small-group instruction).
Don’t forget to get basic office supplies, paper, markers, colored pencils and anything else you will need! As you can see in the first photo, I also buy highlighter tape and “boo boo tape” (correction/cover up tape) to use during shared writing and letter introduction.