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10 on the 10th: 10 Must Haves for Back to School {Teacher Edition}

It’s one of my favorite link-ups hosted by one of my favorite persons-Erin from Perfectly Port!  The 10 on the 10th. This month we are talking about 10 Back to School Must Haves. I cannot wait to see what everyone’s lists. As a teacher, school is a large part of my heart and also back to school is kind of like my Superbowl. I love it! Yesterday I shared how my family Getts Geared Up for School. Today I thought I would share how the teacher gets geared up for back to school. Here we go…


Colorful flair pens, sharpies, Ticondaroga pencils, and PaperMate Gel pens are a must.



A great lesson planner is also another must. I have used an Erin Condren for four years now, this is my fifth planner Teacher Planner from them and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.




A first day of school outfit. I always turn to  Pintrest for cute outfit inspiration for teaching outfits. I do think the way teachers dress is important, and I always want to look professional, yet have an outfit that allows for me to do my job (sit on the carpet, tie shoes, paint, glue).




A yummy lunch in a cute bag or box.

Teachers inhale their lunch!

I like making mason jar salads.



And outlet to unwind. I like to come home and workout. Sometimes the last thing I want to do after school is move…off of the couch but this year I am going to start strong.



A teacher bestie (and my everyday bestie)…But also additional support from positive, like-minded, energetic teachers…these people are my lifeline! These people are my tribe!





A cute mug full of caffeine.



A cute bag to haul things to and from school with. A former student gifted me a 31 Bag and I LOVE it.


A sense of humor because in what other job do we get to say things like…

Don't Lick the Desk: Hilarious and inspirational teacher memes.

Or have things like this cross your desk…

…By the way, that is “skunk”…

It is seriously the best job, but you can’t take all the little things too seriously!

15 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers in the New Year


And MOST importantly we need students and families!

Every child in your class is someone's whole world... even the little stink pots of the bunch! Gotta love em' all

If you are a teacher, I hope you have a great start to your school year. If you are a parent, I hope your kiddo(s) have a wonderful school year.


Here are other 10 on the 10th posts…

10 Daily Habits

10 on the 10th: 10 Things I have Always Wanted to Do…

10 on the 10th…10 Must Have’s for Summer Vacation

10 on the 10th: 10 Items in my Purse

10 of my Favorite Household Tips and Hacks…

10 Random Facts about me…

20 thoughts on “10 on the 10th: 10 Must Haves for Back to School {Teacher Edition}

  1. Amen! I spied a pack of unopened Flair pens in our computer room and tried to talk my teacher husband into gifting them to me, but I lost! Have to go buy more of my own! I hope you have a great school year!

  2. What a great list. I love your planner, and that 31 bag is one of my favorites. I hope you have a wonderful start to the school year!

  3. YES – former teacher nodding head over here to everything. I taught with the most amazing team for the first years of my career and then went to a different school when they had to cut a classroom. I knew I loved my team but man oh man, I missed them so much that next year. They make all the difference! I love that you have a coffee warmer, it’s just like mom life – drink cold coffee all day long otherwise. PS Those felt tip pens are my FAVORITE! xoxo ERIN

    1. I knew you would agree 🙂 Teaching teams are so important and I love that we are all such great friends outside of school as well. We span all the grade levels and just have a great time together. My husband got me the coffee warmer 🙂 He is also known to show up after school with coffees…hahahaha. I think he knows how important the coffee train is. I love the felt tip pens too and want to try the Sharpie pens but I just don’t know if I can make a switch…maybe I just need to get both! A person can’t have too many pens right?!?!

  4. What grade do you teach? And what subject? I wanted to be a teacher until I had to take a class that involved spending time in a daycare setting and one of the kids throw up on me. 20 year old Stephanie was out the moment the vomit hit the floor.

    1. I teach kindergarten and love every second. I love it because I get to teach the kiddos but also I get to know the parents really well too. Vomit happens. I always go over vomit procedure and bathroom procedure first…they WILL NEVER get in trouble if they get up and run to the bathroom for either of those things!

    1. The craziest of crazy things come out of my mouth. My partner teacher and I keep a record of all the things the kids say and all the things we have to say. It is so funny to look back on!

  5. Definitely a sense of humor would be required…probably to deal with the kids and the parents! Hope you have a super school year Jenna!

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