The supply teacher always should have a bag of tricks prepared and brought for teaching assignments. The bag of tricks should include stationary items that may be needed in case it cannot be easily found in the classroom such as sticky notes, markers, pencils, pens, paper clips, glue stick, highlighter, ruler, scissors, and paper. Also included are the following personal items for emergencies or accidents: cell phone, tissues, wipes, and first aid kit. To remember students’ names, name tags should be brought, and for positive reinforcement, stickers and stamps could be given. Also, important are books that are appropriate for a primary level read aloud and a deck of cards for filler activities. Finally, a binder is kept to hold printouts of lesson plans and activities, as well as school information.
Below is a sample bag of tricks: