Here are some MUST have resources and self help tools to get you through those tough weeks in the beginning of your career. Check out some of my favorites, let me know what you think and let me know if you have some MUST haves that I have not discovered.

1. Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator

This awesome read talks about how to boost student engagement through creativity. This was a game changer in the way I approach my Grade 8 class- it is a MUST read for a new teacher!

2. The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

The first time I heard author George Couros speak I felt compelled to innovate my classrooms direction in a way that would more positively and productively integrate technology. He specifically questions how students’ natural curiosity can help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future. READ IT!

Teacher Things:

1. Crock-Pot 20-Ounce Lunch Crock Food Warmer, Black

Mini Crock pots will save your life! This lunch time discovery turned my drab sandwiches into a home cooked meal ready for my noon time get away. This is definitely a MUST have for all teachers to quickly throw in any personal crock pot meal for lunch!

2. Seville Classics 10-Drawer Organizer Cart with Drawers, Pearlized Multi-Color

For me, I could NEVER fit enough items in my desk and I always found my special pens and sticky notes were always missing. This colorful drawer helped organization become reality in my middle school classroom- you need to get your own!