Tips for New Teachers: Essential Classroom Supplies

By Steve George

March 17, 2021Education

Close-up of teacher teaching kids

The classroom is the place where kids spend a large part of their day. An organised classroom with all the essential supplies is important to keep them engaged and make the learning process easier and more effective. Different activities like reading and arts and crafts are known to help motivate kids, improve their grades and creativity, but above all create a positive impression about school and learning. 

However even though it may seem like teachers have superpowers, they themselves need some help too. Here are the essential teaching supplies that can help organise your teaching process and make for the best learning experience for your students. 

A Practical File Keeper for Assorting Books and Drawings

File keepers

Kids create things on the daily. They have different tasks every day, homework and also read and learn from different books. That makes for many sheets of papers, drawing books, reading books that with time create an insane mess if they’re not organised properly. And a messy classroom is not the most creative and productive environment for the teacher or the kids. Luckily there are solutions for this problem, one of which is getting a practical file keeper. This versatile desk supply can be seen everywhere, from offices to classrooms.  

Kids are known to be messy and leave stuff everywhere, but the use of organizational supplies like the file keeper will help you with that. A nice collection of file boxes can put an end to the clutter on the tables, desks and crowded shelves, and free up tabletop space you can use for something else. You’ll have a perfect, mess-free classroom every time.

Assorting books and drawings can be a great activity that you can even do with the kids, as it will teach them routine and the importance of having everything in place instead of creating piles. With that, you’ll have the lesson about the importance of sorting things out covered.

File keepers can be found in many colours like pink or blue, or in an awesome design print which is another plus because you don’t want boring, grey boxes creating a dull environment. Kids’ classroom should be bright, fun and colourful, and provide visual stimulation and inspiration.  

Even though students can find these file holders useful and find, they really make a difference for teachers. You can have all the documents, lesson plans, schemes of work, records of work and progress records in one place, properly catalogued and within reach so that when you need something you’ll be able to retrieve it in an instant. This is one of the best ways to create a stylish and organized desk.  And when everything’s in order, you can focus solely on teaching interesting and useful lessons.

Coloured Pens and Markers to Make Notes a Lot More Fun 

close-up of coloured pens

Coloured pens and markers are the perfect supplies if you need to make the process of writing down notes a lot more fun and creative. They come in a package of various colours inside so each kid can choose their favourite colour and head on his writing/drawing quest.

Coloured pens and markers are way more interesting than the usual pen and pencils, so the whole learning process will be much more interesting for the little ones. Plus, the kids can learn how to share the kit and create bonds with their classmates.

Most of the coloured pens can easily be washed and removed from clothes, so you can leave the kids to fully enjoy writing in colour or creating amazing artworks.

What’s more, the teacher can make use of a set of coloured pens to organise their own notes and teaching plan better. 

A Classic Whiteboard for Better Visualisation

Close-up of whiteboard

The whiteboard is a classroom classic. It’s really handy when you want to explain something that everybody needs to see or draw something, create a concept and teach. The white board is an improved version of the traditional blackboards. It’s been found that writing on a white background is easier to read from afar than doing so on a black one. Plus, white is a more stimulative colour than black, so kids will be more likely to pay attention to what you’re writing on the board. 

And best of all, a whiteboard doesn’t create that much mess. To write on a blackboard, you’d need to use a calcium sulphate/carbonate stick which would make debris on the floor and leave white streaks behind when the board was being cleaned. But writing on a whiteboard is a lot easier as you can use a regular marker and then just as easily erase what you wrote down with an eraser. It can also be very fun for kids to use. They can assist you in writing on it one by one. That way you can include everybody in the class activities.

Build Collaboration Skills with Classroom Collaborative Tables

Students with teacher on collaborative table

Besides acquiring knowledge, kids need to learn some crucial social skills too, like collaboration and helping each other in different situations. This is where collaborative tables can come in. Collaborative tables allow kids to work together in small groups and communicate while doing different tasks.

Collaborative learning helps kids better understand problems, find solutions, resolve tasks and think outside of the box. This is important in the early development period for better performance in the future at school as well as in a working environment. A collaborative table can fit a small or larger group of kids meaning it saves up space and makes the classroom functional.  

Post-It Notes and Notepads to Make Memorisation a Lot Easier 

Post-in notes

Post-it notes are small in size, come in many colours and have a sticky glue strip which allows you to stick them to any surface whether it’s a book, a notepad or even a whiteboard.

They can make the whole teaching and explaining process fun for the kids and simple for the teacher. You can highlight important words or shapes with them and make the memorizing process for the kids easier.

Notepads, on the other hand, are important so that the kids learn how to write and then further improve their writing skills. Kids can practice calligraphy on notepads or even draw inside them. They come in many different sizes and design and the kids will love them. They can also use them to note things down so they can remember them easier. 

Arts and Crafts Materials to Unleash Creativity 

Crafts materials

The arts and crafts class has to be the favourite one for many kids. During the arts and crafts class kids have fun and let their imagination run wild while having the opportunity to learn some new skills like carving, sewing, creating collages, origami, creating birthday cards, Mother’s day cards and a lot more.

Every classroom should always have a supply of paper, scissors, glue, textile and glitter to support the kids’ small art projects. Arts class helps the kids develop fine motor skills, agility, hand-eye coordination, expression skills, communication skills, self-confidence, decision-making skills and provides them with improved visual learning and memory.  

With time kids, learn to appreciate different artists, designs and styles. And who knows, maybe some will become world-famous painters and craftsmen one day.