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An Educator’s Back to School Supply List

It’s Back to School time, and everywhere you look there are are Back to School supply lists for students. What clothes they should buy, and what notebooks they’ll need. The coolest locker decor and the must-have technology and accessories. But what about educators? They’re headed back into a new school year, and they need to stock up on their supplies as well. We’ve put together a list of the supplies every educator needs to have a great year! (Click here for a shareable version!)


A journal – For reflection, remarks, memories, and such. Reflection is essential for meaningful growth and development, and a handy journal provides a space to record your successes and struggles. Set aside time each week to look back on what went well and what didn’t.



The patience of a saint – Education is a noble profession, and it’s not for the faint of heart. The best educators have the longest fuses, allowing students (and coworkers!) to test boundaries and push the limits without losing their temper. A calm, gentle response generates better results than an explosion.



An open mind geared towards growth – The best of the best know that there is always room for improvement, and the best educators are no different. Starting the year with an expectation and desire to grow and develop leads to a growth mindset. Having an open mind towards new ideas and approaches will help you find even greater success.



A new set of goals – Starting your year with clear and defined goals will help you achieve success in the coming months. Identify two or three specific and measurable goals to work towards, and make sure that your personal PD supports those goals as you progress through the year.  



A solid PD plan – Having a growth mindset is great, but it’s nothing if you don’t have a plan. Take time at the start of the year to decide how you will grow your craft this year. What courses will you take? What books will you read? What PLCs will you join?



Time for self-care – Educators are often so busy caring for others — their students, their families, their coworkers, their friends — that they forget to take care of themselves. But you can’t be your best professionally if you don’t set aside time each week to take care of yourself. Schedule time to relax, read, get a massage, or just enjoy some quiet stillness.



Sneakers in the bottom desk drawer – Stashing a easily accessible pair of walking shoes in your classroom will make sneaking out to take an invigorating walk during lunch or free periods more likely. Get outside, take a quick walk, clear your head, or have some deep thoughts.



Effective communication skills – An effective educator needs to have effective communication skills. To communicate expectations to students and parents and needs to administrators and coworkers, say what you want or need clearly and concisely without flowery or flimsy language.



A positive outlook for a fresh and new year – Sometimes it’s hard to forget the disappointments and frustrations of the past, but it’s essential to face the coming school year with a clean slate and an excited and eager perspective. This year is new, and you can make it your best ever!


Every school year is a new opportunity to truly make a difference in your students’ lives, and, whether you’re headed back to school next week or next month, we hope that you have all the supplies and skills you need to have a successful and meaningful school year!

Want to really kick off the new school year right? Join us as we invite two seasoned educators to share their best practices and tips and tricks for creating a positive climate for formative assessment in your schools. Register for our September webinar today!