Looking for what a teacher might need? We have a list of teacher must haves that is perfect for teacher gift giving, classroom set up and anytime teachers need a fresh new start! Whether it’s the start of school, teacher appreciation week, or a holiday like Christmas, these items are what every teacher needs!

Teacher needs and accessories- A plethora of school supplies -- everything from pencils to erasers to a calculator to a staple remover spread out on a gray background.
When we talk about school supplies, we tend to only think about what students need. But the truth is that teachers also need school supplies!

TEacher Accessories & Items

Here is a list of things of school supplies and teacher supplies that are commonly needed whether you are teaching in person or a virtual classroom. Let’s look at all the cool teacher school supplies!

Related: Teacher gift ideas & DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

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Teacher needs and accessories- A whiteboard with four dry erase markers and an eraser.
A whiteboard, eraser, and dry erase markers are teacher essentials!

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1. Dry Erase Markers for the Teacher

Pack of Dry Erase Markers  –  Or more like TEN packs! The supply closet never has enough and you will want to start the year out with a fresh stash!

2. Hand Pointers Come in Handy

Teacher needs and accessories- red, blue and green hand pointers with white pointed finger
These make teaching and learning more fun.

Hand Pointers  – They are fun!  Be sure to label them so they do not walk off.

3. Giant Dice for the Win

teacher needs and accessories- giant dice used for test prep
These are perfect for test prep.

Giant Roll Dice  – I used these with test prep. Write the questions on the dice. Roll and answer.  You can use them with prompts too!

4. Magnetic Pocket Pouches are a Teachers Best Friend

Magnetic Pocket Pouches  – Stick these to the board, the back of your door, or to the sides of desks.  They are great for odds and ends.

5. Teacher Desk Caddy

Desk Caddies  – Do your kids work in groups or teams?  These stacking caddies are a good way to portion resources to a group.

6. Toss a Pom Pom

Large Pom-Poms  – Toss pom-poms to kids in a pop quiz.  Ask them a question.  The person who receives the ball, answers and then passes it back.

A teacher standing in front of a whiteboard with writing on it.
School is starting soon! Stock up now so you have classroom supplies at the ready.


Teacher needs and accessories- stainless steel containers filled with colored pencils and scissors and paintbrushes and rulers and many other school supplies.
Whether you’re a brand new teacher, a veteran, or somewhere in between, an organized classroom with school supplies at the ready is always welcome.

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A girl sitting in front of a laptop computer. On the screen is a man reading a yellow book.
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7. Echo Dot

Teacher needs and accessories- amazon echo dot on a white background
And amazon echo is a must for the classroom.

Amazon Echo Dot – This is a great tool for the classroom — or for teaching at home! It will give you weather updates, play music, generate random numbers, and even provide translation services to help your ELL students. via We Are Teachers

8. Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential Oils Diffuser – Use peppermint oil for focus, lavender oil to calm your students, and orange oil to reduce stress and lift their moods. via We Are Teachers

9. Postcards

Postcards – Send these free printable postcards to your students to let them know you are missing them! via Carolyn’s Creative Classroom

10. Conversation Cubes Help Teachers

Conversation Cubes – These are fun to use in the classroom, especially at the beginning of the school year. They are a great way to help students get to know one another and form friendships. via Teacher Funder

11. Yay for Duct Tape

Teacher needs and accessories- colorful tie dye duct tape
Duct tape is great for desks, tables, and crafts.

Colorful Duct Tape – Duct tape is great for marking where desks and tables are supposed to be in your classroom. At the end of the day, students can easily move them back where they should be. Duck Tape has a wide variety of fun patterns and colors! via We Are Teachers

A woman wearing orange noise canceling headphones while sitting at a table and typing on her laptop.
If you’re teaching from home with your kids and pets nearby, you may find it helpful to wear noise-canceling headphones.


12. Folding White Board

DIY Folding White Board – Need an inexpensive, portable whiteboard that you can use to teach anywhere? You can easily make this tri-fold whiteboard in fifteen minutes – for just $15!

13. Mini White Board for Teacher

Teacher needs and accessories- mini whiteboard with magnet and markers
These are great for online teaching.

Mini Whiteboard – If you don’t want to make your own whiteboard, this mini whiteboard is perfect for teaching online. Virtual teachers have found that students have an easier time seeing this small board that can be held up in front of a webcam versus a bigger wall-hanging board that’s further away. via We Are Teachers

14. Digital Rewards for Students

Teacher needs and accessories- stickers, erasers, sticky hands that look like foods
These stickers, erasers, and sticky hands are so great for rewards.

Digital Rewards -Some virtual teachers reward their students for class participation by sending digital rewards through Class Dojo. Another way to reward students is to send small items like stickers, erasers, or sticky hands in the mail, along with a note or reward card. via Elementary Antics

15. Teacher Webcam

Webcam – A good webcam is essential for teaching online. If your laptop or personal computer already has a decent webcam, you might still consider purchasing one to show books or model writing. via Elementary Antics

16. Noise Canceling Headphones

Noise-canceling Headphones – These headphones will allow you to hear your students, despite any distractions around you. Also, this pair comes with a built-in microphone, so your students will be able to hear everything you say. via We Are Teachers

17. Magnetic Pocket Chart for Teacher

Teacher needs and accessories- magnetic pocket chart
These pocket charts are useful!

Magnetic Pocket Chart – Pocket charts are so useful for teachers at the primary level. They make a colorful background for videos, and you can use them to display vocabulary, flashcards, visuals, or math fact cards. via Teacher Funder

teacher needs and accessories- teacher in her classroom teaching a class
Every teacher needs an assortment of pens and flip chart paper!

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