Whenever I enter a classroom, I must have a bottle of water in my hand and some tissue in my pocket because I’m prone to a dry cough and the occasional sneeze. But what about real classroom aids? What is essential? What is convenient to have on hand?
I’ve known teachers to keep a variety of items in their classrooms, from clever gadgets to completely unexpected props: a soccer ball, a stopwatch, puppets, a radio, and a foot-tall Godzilla action figure, to name a few. All were incorporated into language lessons.
What’s in your classroom? What do you feel lost without? What do you like to keep in your so-called bag of tricks? Here’s my own list – a baker’s dozen. These are items I’d like to have on hand in order to teach any lesson on any given day:
- Board (with markers and an eraser)
- Clock (with a second hand)
- Dictionary (two copies from different publishers, ideally)
- Scratch paper
- Pens (for myself as well as for forgetful students)
- CD player/ stereo
- Magazines (with lots of photos)
- World map
- Dice (for games and activities)
- Small container (box, bag, hat, etc.)
- Markers (for impromptu projects)