I recently shared some ideas for teacher gifts that a teacher can use for themselves at school or home, but teacher wish lists often contain items for the classroom too. Buying something to be used in the classroom can be a great teacher gift option.
Here are some items on my teacher wish list (or those of other teachers I know).
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Labeling items in the classroom provides reading practice and makes it easy for everyone to know where things go. I also label stored materials, so I can find what I need quickly. I get tons of use out of my label maker, and if a teacher doesn’t have one, there’s a good chance it’s on their teacher wish list.
What did we do before dry erase markers? While your child’s classroom may have some, they do get used up, so a fresh set of dry erase markers (and maybe a second color of dry erase markers) will always be handy.
I use my laminator and a variety of laminating pouches to make materials like worksheets and game boards reusable, but also so that students can mark on them with dry erase markers. Dry erase pockets are another option for making any page “markable” and erasable.
I often have students show their work on individual whiteboards. These dry erase clipboards do double duty as mini erase boards and clipboards for when we are working outside the classroom or students are in a station and not at a table or desk.
While not a necessity, these dry erase sticky notes are fun and can come in handy!
Whether it’s moving books and supplies from home to school or from the classroom to another workspace, a rolling tote saves the back.
A chime like this, is a calm way to get kids’ attention before talking or beginning a transition between activities. Consider pairing that with these mindfulness for kids or mindfulness games cards.
Pocket charts have so many uses. Store calculators or cell phones. Use pockets to sort by letter or number. This one can also be used to track acts of kindness (and would go nicely with this book about filling buckets).
Teachers who assign classroom jobs might well have a job chart on their teacher wish list. This set provides a number of charts that can be swapped out for different seasons and parts of the year.
This felt letter board set could be used for inspirational messages or as a sign indicating whose classroom it is.
While not “fun,” things to deal with colds and germs are definitely a necessary part of a teacher’s wish list. Stock up on disinfecting wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer.
Larger items for the classroom include a world map or illuminated globe. Or how about a colorful rug to brighten the room? A poster storage bag or this storage solution for charts and maps would help with all the charts teachers create and collect.
Or let teachers choose the item from their teacher wish list that they want or need the most right now. An Amazon gift card or Teachers pay Teachers gift card lets them decide!
What’s on your teacher gift wish list?