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What's in Your Bag?

Don't forget these must-have items, say your experienced NEA colleagues.

Found in: Advice & Support

1. NEA membership card. Your Association colleagues can guide you through rough spots and help you grow as an educator.

Joshua Brown,
eighth grade special education teacher,
Des Moines, Iowa

2. A notepad that makes carbonless copies. Keep copies of quick notes to parents and others when you can’t get to the copy machine.

Shannon Wade,
third grade teacher,
Waldorf, Maryland

3. A grading scale. It slides to show you the percentage correct for 6–95 problems. What a timesaver!

Shelly Worrall,
elementary teacher,
La Mirada, California; also submitted by Deborah Rosenman, fourth grade teacher in Troy, Michigan; and Charlene Newman, high school English teacher in Mays Landing, New Jersey

4. Colored pens. Grading in red is sooo old-fashioned!

Sherri Young,
high school math teacher,
Prospect, Oregon; also sent in by Lynn Cashell, fourth grade teacher in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania

5. A digital camera. Capture the good times! Take photos of student work, document their growth over the year, and let them ham it up.

Kate Schultz,
eighth grade language arts and social studies teacher,
Madison, Wisconsin; also suggested by Shannon Wade of Waldorf, Maryland

6. A flash drive. Load it with instructional PowerPoints, video clips that can’t make it past the school filters but are appropriate for classroom instruction, and much more.

Patricia Hawkenson, sixth grade language and social studies teacher in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; also suggested by Angela Clark, high school math teacher in Puxico, Missouri; and Theresa Montaño, university associate professor in Northridge, California

7. Magnets. They hold things on the chalkboard: that paper with no name on it, a note from the office for a student, a poster for brief display.

Carol Sanders,
high school English teacher,
Belgrade, Minnesota

8. A flashlight. I have been in classrooms that lost their electricity, and it can get very dark!

Susan Grubb,
business education teacher,
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

9. Your mom's phone number. We all need to connect with someone who believes in us.

Lindy Duree,
middle school reading teacher,
Dodge City, Kansas

10. Stain-remover stick. It’s a quick fix for many accidents.

Bryan Drost,
middle school Spanish teacher,
Solon, Ohio; also suggested by Mary Binegar, high school special education teacher in Urbana, Ohio

11. A good massage therapist!

NaShonda Cooke,
elementary special education teacher,
Durham, North Carolina

12. A tool belt. For putting things up and taking things down in your classroom, you can’t beat a small pair of needle nose pliers (for pulling stubborn staples out of the wall), a stapler, staple remover, scissors, tape dispenser, large marker, pencil, and string or thread.

Stan Sameshima,
fourth grade teacher,
Golden, Colorado

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