What are your staples? You know, the things you absolutely need in life...things that will always be in your purse, in your pocket?
Over the past year, I have taken 3 long-term substitute positions and learned quickly that there are some things that you just need to help you get through the day. More than just a laptop people...I mean little things that really make your day! :)
These are my top 10 essentials that I feel help me get through a day...whether it is teaching, or the weekend. Enjoy!
1. Chapstick: You need a good one so your lips don't get chapped! I finally found the best one ever!!
Gap "Favorite Lip Balm." Appropriately named. I've only tried Apple Cider so far (love it). Why is it so good? It has coconut oil in it. Any chapstick I've tried with coconut oil in it I've loved. It doesn't get all caked on your lips after talking for a while (good for teaching with!), it stays on your lips for a long time, and the tube lasts for a long time. It's a little pricey...$4-5, but for how great of a product it is for me, it's worth.
Bottom line, get yourself some nice chapstick :).
2. Bobby Pin and Hair tie: for those times when you just need hair out of your face.
Teaching Biology means I'm doing many labs and leaning toward a microscope. My short layers of hair get in my eyes and when I look through a microscope it gets in the way. Bobby Pin to the rescue! Hair ties on my wrist are great for when we do labs and need to pull back the hair.
3. Water: stay hydrated!Talking to 100's of kids all day long can make you dehydrated and dizzy (it's happened to me before). Challenge yourself to drink water, rather than soft drinks, to keep on your toes.
4. Tea: for times when you don't really need coffee or soda, but want a change in beverage.
5. My favorite mug: Anthro beauty
6. Snacks: for a pick-me-up, or your drive home!
7. A cardigan: for those "the A/C is so cold" days.Something simple and that can match anything, like gray or black. I have one very similar to this.
8. Gum: cause your breath is harsh.
That's all I can say! How embarrassing would it be to talk to a student in close proximity and for your breath to be so bad! It's a fear of mine, I swear!
9. A favorite writing pen/pencil(s): because sometimes it feels better to write in your favorite pen.
Bic Triumph 537R
I'm a lefty, and with that power comes great responsibility. Like finding pens that don't smear as you go across the pages. This pen work great and drys fast! No ink all over my hand!
10. Post-It's: write and stick.
They are perfect for quick passes for a student, and colorful enough to grab your attention if you have to make an important to-do list on them.
What an exhaustive list! I hope that inspires you to have some great essentials in your classroom to make things more at home in the class! :)
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