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The Necessities

Kirstie is a Canadian Secondary Teacher in  Milton Keynes. Today she lists the items that she views as ESSENTIAL when packing her bag for a day of supply teaching!

The Necessities

Through my experience on supply and in a fixed-term contract, I have come up with a list of essentials of what a teacher should have on hand when going out to a school. I have learned the hard way on a few of these, so allow me to help so you don’t make the same mistake!

Flats – Although us ladies love a good pair of wedges to dress up our look, sometimes by the end of the day our feet just need some relief! Having a pair of plain fold-up flats in your bag could be a lifesaver, especially if you break your heel!

Spare pantyhose – similar to flats, having a spare pair of pantyhose is essential! You never know  when those stubborn things are going to run! If you don’t have those on hand, clear nail polish is a good quick fix!

Basic stationary  - Having a spare pen, pencil and whiteboard marker never hurt anyone! You need to be prepared for anything, and they don’t take up that much space. It has saved me a few times.

Cash – for emergencies, for a cab if necessary, for a lunch if you’ve rushed out the door…..can’t go wrong with having a few extra bills on you for emergencies!

Mobile phone – although perhaps an obvious one (who leaves the house without a phone these days?), having a mobile with data goes without saying, especially for days when you need to pull up a map or contact the school.

Snacks – sometimes you just don’t get the chance to eat brekkie, or have a longer day than expected and don’t make it home in time for your usual dinner. Keeping a granola bar, apple, or protein shake on hand will save your stomach and get you through that long day. It also may come in handy if you notice a student who didn’t have breakfast.

Cardigan – what I’ve learned quickly is you can never really tell how the weather is going to be around here. You also don’t know what the classroom you’ll be in is like! Having a spare cardigan to layer is great – it’s easy to get on and off and goes with everything. Have one in a neutral colour like white or black for moments like this!

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