My 2023-24 Classroom Wish List

by - July 10, 2023

Last month, I talked about my favorite products from my first year of teaching. Twelve things made the list, mostly storage and organizational items but also several programs that made planning so much easier.

Year two starts in less than a month, and if you know anything about me at all, then you'll know I've already been planning. Planning is like my default setting. I can't help it! I'd rather have a plan that has to change than no plan at all.

I use Amazon Lists for pretty much everything. With Prime Days this week and the start of school just around the corner, I decided to update my school wish list for this year and share it with you all.

Smart Board Clicker - This is at the top of my must-have list. The way my smart board is wired up the touch feature doesn't always work, and I don't have time to unplug and restart it every time this happens. Nor do I like being stuck at my desk, having to jerry-rig my laptop to plug directly into the board, or rely on a student to advance my slides. Plus, I like to be able to move around the room while I lecture.

Broom & Dustpan - I feel like I was the only teacher on my hall that didn't have one, and while our custodial staff is top notch, it'd be nice to have a way to sweep up paper, pencil and eraser shavings, and dirt/grass.

Easel Pad - Why are the big ones of these so expensive?! There were several times last year that I could have used one of these, but I just could not make myself spend the money.

Teacher Notes - You'll see several sticky notes on my list because you really can't have too many, but I really like this teacher notes pad. I am constantly making notes for myself about parents to contact, students to check on, etc. It'd be nice to have a dedicated pad just for that!

Computer Monitor Memo Board - Speaking of sticky notes, they can be easily misplaced amid regular desk clutter. This little gizmo gives you a place to stick them that's not on your desktop.

Rotating Pen/Pencil Holder - To be fair, I have a pencil/pen holder already, but it's an awkward size, and I don't really like it. This one is cute, fits my personality, and should easily fit not only my go-to pens but also expo markers and highlighters.

Hanging Files & Organizer - These were some of the best things I used last year for my students' writing, but they're not reusable so I need more. I decided to go with brighter colored folders this year. My box from last year is still usable but it's bent and kind of a pain in the butt.

Magazine File Holders - This year I've got a lot of student materials (workbooks, journals, etc.) to keep organized.

1 Subject Notebooks - I don't know how many I need yet since I don't have my rosters, but I'd like to have one per student to keep in my classroom if possible. This is a set of 25.

Reading Strips - I want a classroom set of these (30) to help with close reading assignments.

Paw Print Bulletin Boards - Okay, so these aren't technically a necessity, but our school mascot is the Bobcat, and we use paw prints for pretty much everything. I thought they'd be a nice little touch to hang up next to my desk.

Bulletin Board Clips - I need a better way to display student work. Last year I used these really cute mini-clothespin pins, but they were not sturdy at all and a lot them came apart. I hope these will hold up better.

Good Readers Poster - This is the first one of these I've seen that I liked. I've got a couple of places in my room where it will fit.

This isn't everything that's on my Amazon school wish list. There's also velcro dots, several pieces of bulletin board and classroom décor (some of it is very specific), and a variety of word games (they'd be nice to have on half days).

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