The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. – John F. Kennedy
When I first began teaching, I remember meeting a veteran teacher who carried a big bag with her everywhere. I forgot what the situation was but I remember her coming to the rescue with masking tape, scissors, and Post It notes. She told me she always carried those things among other items like dry erase markers, poster putty, and so forth as a teacher, because she had learnt that situations always arise when she needed these items. That left a huge impression on me and I kept thinking of this as a survival kit. I write about building a teacher’s survival kit in my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers. Below is an image with some of the items that were part of my kit for teaching children. Generally, I recommend having a ball, masking tape, playdough, a mobile device with apps, graphic organizers, some icebreakers, flashcards, and chants/music. Scroll to the bookmarks to find ideas for using all these tools.
My Teacher’s Survival Kit