Teachers of multilingual learners or English learners need many tools and supplies in their toolbox. And they may travel from class to class or even school to school. Here are a few of my own favorite classroom essentials.
Crayola Colors of the World Crayons.
People come in all shades! These crayons help students see their skin and represent their skin color in art. Even older students like to see and use colors that represent all people.
Rug Mouse Pad.
This tiny rug mouse pad is adorable!! I just love it. It’s as cute in person as it is in pictures. If you still use a mouse (like I do), you will love this rug mouse pad. It grips nicely and is super chic.
Bright Post-It Notes.
I like to use these notes with students, colleagues, and myself. Adding a pop of color invigorates the brain and helps to make a memory stamp of the message.
I accidentally came upon this craft case and fell in love! I like to fill mine with supplies. But imagine also labeling each box with students’ names and keeping either supplies or notes, visuals and pictures, vocabulary, and artifacts inside each one. The case is easy to take from class to class or around the district to campuses. They are available in different colors, so take a look and pick the one that you like best.
Not all index cards are created equally. Some note/index cards seem to invite a pencil to write on them. Colors, shades, lines, dots, all of these things might entice a student to grab a card and jot some notes and later to review and read them too.
For more of my favorites, check out this list. Do you have a classroom favorite? Please share!!