Teacher Desk Must Haves

Welcome to the sneak peak of my teacher desk.

I'm going to list my favorite "go to" essential supplies that I always have on hand.

It's taken me a long time to figure out what I use and what I don't use in my classroom. Everything that I have listed below I use on a daily or weekly basis in my room.

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If you cannot tell through my pictures, I LOVE Sharpie pens as they have so many uses in my classroom.

Writing on chart paper.

Creating bulletin boards.

Using as an art medium.

In my collection, I have both of these sets and I love them as they offer a wide variety of colors. I don't mind the duplicates as they are usually the colors I use the most.


Flair pens are my new favorite writing tool.

I use them for EVERYTHING.

I've always been bored with writing with the same color so these give me lots of options!

My favorite pen, when I need a black one, is the Dixon Trend brand.

I like how smooth it is when it prints.

I will admit that not many other of my teaching peers "love" them but for some reason, they are the only pens of mine that regularly disappear from my classroom.

Chalk & Whiteboard Tools

Chalk paint markers for whiteboards and dry erases crayons.

The markers are great for being "permanent" in that they need to be washed off.

The dry erase crayons are fun!

I try to use these for notes and messages I don't want the kids to be easily erasing throughout the day.

I love using chalk markers for blackboards. To be honest, this isn't the brand I use (I got mine in the craft section of the local Dollar store).

I use these all the time to write messages and questions for provocations at learning centers.


I use thin and thick highlighters.

I use them mostly in my writing program having students highlight where they have edited their work.

I also love using them for rainbow writing activities!

Scissors & Punches

Fiskars is the only brand that I like for scissors or hole punches.

The brand of scissors we are allowed to purchase through our school is horrible at cutting.

Although my scissors are not in the image above they are very similar to this one. My scissors have a cover which I always use and I never let the students use them.

Do you have any other "must have" items that are on your teacher desk that you cannot do without?
Let me know below!

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