Updated: Aug 12, 2022
What do you pack on the first day of student teaching? So much to bring, so little time! Let's begin with choosing the right bag. As always, you want to present yourself as a professional, so you will need a bag that reflects that. I suggest a crossbody satchel bag. Are you walking into your placement as a student teacher and wearing a backpack? You could be mistaken for a student instead of a professional educator! That would be straight-up awkward!
Another good idea is to invest in an inexpensive tote bag. It can help you lug in manipulatives and other materials that are needed. Also, grab a teacher lunch box! You might want to invest in a teacher tote.
Here are some must-haves for every teacher's bag:
Teacher mug and reusable water bottle - Choosing a mug and water bottle you like is easy for students to connect with you. You might be heating that coffee throughout the day and want to keep your mug clean. So, I recommend finding a travel mug that is both microwave and dishwasher safe.
Throughout the day, have a few healthy snacks (trail mix, multigrain bars). You want to have a snack that will keep your energy up throughout the day and something healthy. Consult your school's policy on snacks from home and student allergies!
Student-teacher planner, whether it is digital or printed
Blank lined notebook
Sticky notes or index cards
All the writing utensils - Pens, pencils, highlighters, sharpie
Hand sanitizer ( I love Bath and Bodyworks)
Two face masks
Small first aid kit – band-aids, cough drops, Tylenol (again, consult school policy on first aide items)
Stain remover sticks like a TIDE to go stick.
Pack travel toothbrush/toothpaste, floss or floss pick, deodorant, chapstick, hair ties, and bobby pins.
Mints (Dr. Fecich's fave is a wintergreen lifesaver)
Charger for phone and laptop
Copies of an updated resume and business cards! You never know when a chance to network with a hiring principal will come around!
Bonus strategy - include a complete change of clothes in your car just in case you spill coffee on the way into school or something happens during class.