There are some supplies that are necessary to run a classroom. However, not all office supplies can survive a classroom full of students. I had to replace my pencil sharpeners, staplers, and book boxes every year for my first few years of teaching. Then, I found some amazing office supplies that can stand up to 25 third graders.
Amazing Office Supplies Every Teacher Needs
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I can’t tell you how much money I spent on pencil sharpeners early in my teaching career. One year, we went through four different pencil sharpeners. Each one lasted about two months.
Then, I decided that students were no longer allowed to use the pencil sharpener. That solved the problem of it breaking, but my lessons were constantly being interrupted because of broken pencils.
Finally, I did some research and found the best pencil sharpener. I purchased the X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, and I’ve had it for five years. Over a hundred students have used it, and it’s still going strong.
#2 – Swingline Stapler
My school district supplies us with some items, like staplers and tape dispensers. However, they are not good quality. When I used them, I was constantly removing jammed staples. Plus, they didn’t go through our thick science and social studies packets.
That’s why I decided to invest in the Swingline Stapler. It never jams, and it staples 40 sheets of paper. It solved all of my stapling problems.
I am not a fan of thumbtacks, so I use my stapler to hang all of the papers in my classroom and in the hallway. When it comes time to take them down, my Swingline Staple Remover comes to the rescue. The papers come down in perfect condition ready to go home with my students.
#4 – Scissors
Do you constantly lose scissors like I do? I carry them with me to cut something, and never see them again. Somehow, they’re never in the work room or faculty room when I go to look for them. I’ve lost more scissors that way.
As a result, I stock up on scissors when they’re on sale. The Westcott Titanium Bonded Scissors come with two in a pack. That way, I always have a spare.
Another office supply I use constantly is a 3-hole punch. Most of my students’ papers go into folders with fasteners. The first 3-hole punch I owned only punched 12 pages at a time, and I had to push on it so hard I thought I would break it. It took forever to get through a whole stack of papers.
Then, I purchased the Bostitch 3-Hole Punch. A gentle push hole punches up to 40 sheets of paper. I get through the whole stack in less than one minute.
I don’t have a personal laminator, because my school has a big one that works really well. However, I know some teachers don’t have access to a laminator at school.
I’ve heard great things about the Scotch PRO Thermal Laminator, and if I get one, this is definitely the one I will purchase.
#7 – Post-It Notes
I use post-its for everything – writing notes to my students, making to-do lists, labeling things. My students also use them during our reading workshop to take notes about their books and to mark important parts. We go through post-its like crazy!
I invest in big packs of post-its so I never run out of them. My students love it when I get different colors and designs. Post-its are an easy way to keep them engaged and excited about learning.
#8 – Best-Rite Wheasel
An easel is necessary for every classroom. I use mine for everything! I display anchor charts on it, write directions on it, and use it for all my reading and writing lessons.
The Best-Rite Wheasel has two sides. I write on one whiteboard and put chart paper on the other side. The wheels on the bottom make it really easy to spin. There is even a tray underneath for storage!
#9 – Chart Paper
Chart paper is a requirement for reading and writing workshop. I am constantly making anchor charts to display in the classroom. The School Smart Chart Tablet fits perfectly on my easel, and my anchor charts turn out great.
#10 – Paper Mate Flair Pens
I’ve tried so many different types of pens for grading and writing my anchor charts. Flair pens are by far my favorite! They come in lots of different colors, and they make my anchor charts so pretty!
All of these amazing office supplies will make your life so much easier! They will also save you money in the long run, because you won’t have to replace them every year (unless you lose both pairs of scissors).
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What Do You Think?
What is your favorite office supply to use in your classroom?
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