Must Haves for Educators

I often to get asked for educational recommendations, from books to classroom materials, that I decided to put together a list of my Top 10 favorite things for you. I have even included links so you can make these resources some of your very own favorites starting today!

teacher must haves


Teach Like A Champion by Doug Lemov- A fantastic teaching technique guide to start your year ahead of the game!

The Essential 55 by Ron Clark- Rules to guide your instructional best practices to ensure successful student transformations!

The First Days of School by Harry Wong- Prepare for your first year of teaching with this easy to follow guide!

The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar- Excellent resource to learn the ropes to become an instructional coach!

Hacking Teacher Burnout: 8 Steps to Go from Isolated to Empowered So You Can Overcome Any Challenge

hacking teacher burnout


Portable White Board- Make center time easy with a portable white board. Excellent for mini lessons and desirable for flexible work spaces.

Portable Storage- Great for storing materials for centers or a teacher desk on the go!  Desirable for flexible work spaces.

Cart-Easy transporting of materials from the classroom to home with this storage box on wheels!

Book Bins- Organize your classroom library with bins for easy categorizing by topics, genres or authors!

Student Mailboxes- Sort graded student papers efficiently with this mailbox system. Purchase as many as you need to stack on top of each other as a mail center. Students collect their papers at the end of the day to bring home to mom and dad!

Floor Lamps- Turn off those overhead headache classroom lights, and position floor lamps in student work areas to illuminate the space in a fun, inviting way!


What are your must haves?

About the author, Gretchen

I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.