If you follow other teachers online you know about the mad dashes to classrooms to grab supplies for remote learning. Sometimes teachers are only being given 10-15 minutes to get what they need so it’s important to have a list.
I was able to dash into my classroom almost a month ago now. Being away has lasted longer than I thought so I wish I had grabbed more things.
Need to do your own classroom sweep? I’ve compiled a list here of what I consider the most needed resources for starting to teach remotely.
1. Easel or anchor chart
If you have a table top easel or an easel that will fit in your car this would be a great addition to any home “classroom.” Even a small whiteboard could be useful.
I grabbed several of my dry erase pockets to use instead of a whiteboard. You might also want some anchor chart paper. I did see some in Target that was a mini post-it anchor chart but it was a little pricey.
2. pocket chart
If you teach primary grades, a pocket chart might be very useful. It could be used in the background of your videos or would be a great place to continue your word study. It’s also an easier way to display and record your lessons if using cards or pocket chart strips.
3. student files
Most of my student data was located in my teaching portfolio that I had grabbed when I went to my classroom but I’ve heard from many teachers that have said they regretted not having their student files and contact information. Maybe you have specific data written down that is not electronically accessible. Make sure you take it with you just in case.
I have quite a few picture books in my home for my own daughter to read but I wished I’d grabbed more of my favorite ones for remote teaching. I would have thought ahead of what skills I wanted to revisit since we are currently not teaching new material. I also would have thought of what books I wanted to bring home to start planning for next year.
Included with books is to collect any teaching manuals you will be using and referencing while remote teaching. I have access to my teaching manuals electronically as well but I prefer to have the hardcopy with me as I find it more user friendly.
5. sticky notes
I’m not sure what I would do without a stash of sticky notes. They are ever present in my purse and around my house as my favorite go-to for making lists. Sticky notes are also amazing when it comes to planning things out because they can easily be moved around.
If you plan on filming any videos or just showing up live, it might help to have some manipulatives on hand. Base ten pieces, red and yellow counters, even popsicle sticks to use as pointers might come in handy when remote teaching. Now more than ever students will need visuals.
I use my personal computer and microphone when I’m at home as I prefer it to the school issued laptop. However, I know many teachers would rather use district issued technology including a document camera. I would caution that you should first clear it with administration before taking any school property home.
8. other items you might want
Other items that I suggest grabbing from your classroom include your favorite markers to make anchor charts, arts and crafts items, dry erase markers, sanitizing wipes, tissue, colored paper and copy paper, printer (if allowed), bulletin board items, and pictures of your classroom.
I include arts and crafts items because I’d love to have brought home some of my personal craft materials I have purchased that are in my classroom now. I could use them with my daughter but also to make and model crafts for my class. This might include things like paint, cups, coffee filters, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, tissue squares and circles, construction paper, and glue.
I hope this list has helped you to start thinking of your own go-to items you use often in your teaching that will be useful when remote teaching