Greatest center faculty English equipment for the classroom

It’s a new school year and there is so much to think about. You may have no idea where to start preparing! We hear you. That’s why we’ve got you covered with this list of small but critical middle school English supplies for the classroom. Let us know what else you found out there.

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Hey I bet you’re using a little more tech now! Get some fun clip art and illustrations to make those tablet chores gaudy.

A single package of story cubes can provide hours of standards-based activities, as well as fun storytelling and poetry. You really can’t go wrong here – find a kit that you think will look interesting to you and your students. The original product – Rory’s Story Cubes – has an entire website about playing and story building, but the possibilities are endless.

What are THE must-have English materials for middle school and a great way to build relationships with students? Books of course! Check out this link for a great list of books to inspire your collection.

Now that you’ve selected all of the titles for your library, let’s get them sorted! This cube organizer is perfect for separating books by genre, size or reading level. See more of our favorite classroom bookshelves.

Repetitive stress injuries are real. This is definitely the BEST stapler out there. NOT the newer version, but this particular clear version. Trust us.

You already knew you would need expo markers, but we highly recommend these – they seem to last longer and write a little darker. Bonus tip: store them face down so all of the ink flows to the tip of the marker. Check out more of our most popular dry erase markers here.

Prevent notebooks from mysteriously disappearing by creating a dedicated space. These boxes are a simple solution and come in six packs!

Raise your hand when you know what it is like to teach middle school in a poorly ventilated classroom with poorly deodorized students. Put your hand back down. Here’s a fan.

Sticky notes work well for getting off tickets, reading mini-gates, and pretty much any other activity you can think of! Here are some of our favorite ways to use Sticky Notes in the classroom.

These are very helpful in helping students take their own notes and are useful for any type of content. Remember, color blind students can have a hard time creating activities with such resources. If you are going to use certain colors for different assignments or purposes, make sure you take all of your learners into account!

Your students won’t be able to resist this massive beanbag! It’s affordable, stylish, and will make your reading nook so inviting. Check out more of our favorite reading nooks here.

Be prepared to find low-tech opportunities this year, and there isn’t much more low-tech than a clipboard doubling as a dry-erase board. Want more clipboard ideas? Check out our favorites!

Analyzing texts and engaging in the writing process means highlighting and a LOT of it. Have a good collection of multi-colored highlighters handy and no text will escape verification!

The double-edged sword of having super cool teacher pens – you can be more colorful and fun marking their work, but your “favorite students” are constantly “losing” their own pens, so they “borrow” those “great purple” you love so much.

Get a couple of packs of it.

Unfortunately, your budget will likely not cover enough bean bags for your entire class. Fortunately, this rug will easily fit a number of middle school students and is still a comfortable place to read. Gain flexible seating! Are you looking for an option that fits your topic? Check out these highly rated rugs!

Especially if you plan to do a lot of group work, it is nice to have large pieces of paper to hand out. Students can quickly write down their discussion notes, ideas or brain maps and present them to the class with no additional effort.

These pencils are ideal for loaning out to students. They’re much cheaper than regular pencils, and kids don’t want to hold onto them because they’re so small. Thus, the return of your loaned pens is almost guaranteed. Also, unlike the golf pens you get when you putt-putt, these have erasers. You’re welcome.

Yes, you have bimojis and your clip art (from the top of the page), but what about actual sticky pics that you can literally give to a student for a good job, or because that student happens to be rock and intrigued? Chickens roll? Do you have the?

The best pencil sharpener ever! It even comes with a guarantee. So if it breaks in less than two years, X-ACTO will send you a brand new one. If you’re interested in other options, check out our list of teacher recommended pencil sharpeners!

Bookmarks are the best way to keep books dog-eared in your classroom library. I will do ANYTHING to fend off donkey ears.

This poster set is ideal for any English class – adorable and just colorful enough to brighten up your room without distracting students. They’re FREE too!

Stay hydrated and show off your personal style with this wide selection of water bottles.

Teaching middle school isn’t easy, but with a little determination, flexibility, and a really spectacular sense of humor (I mean grammatical puns, of course) you’ll be fine.

Bonus song:

See if you are near a Habitat For Humanity ReStore location. These shops are independently owned and operated by local habitat organizations. They’re like Community Aid clothing stores, but for housewares that Habitat doesn’t use. They accept donations and offer offers that you won’t find anywhere else.

Summer is the perfect time for quick reads … why not preview these short stories to introduce your new students to different authors and genres?

Are you nervous about starting your career or switching to middle school? Wondering what other middle school English teachers are buying? Visit our Facebook group WeAreTeachers HELPLINE for more advice!

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