You know exactly how you usually stock up your high school classroom for the school year. But how do you know what materials you need when your students are learning from home?
Here’s the three things every high school teacher needs for the school year ahead, whether your school district is calling it remote learning, distance learning, or online learning (or even if you’re teaching in a hybrid learning model right now).
Tech that helps your students follow along.
You’re constantly annotating, diagramming, and capturing notes for your students to follow along—and now that you’re not in front of your students all day, a chalkboard or projector won’t do the trick.
High school teachers are picking up a few different solutions: some folks love a document camera for all its features and the fact that it’ll be a favorite resource when you’re teaching back in the classroom, too. Angela, a high school teacher in New Mexico, shouts out hidden features like recording video, plus a scanning feature to create editable PDFs, in addition to the document camera helping her annotate work in class.
Other teachers adore using an iPad and stylus—the Apple Pencil is popular—instead, and still other folks just like old-fashioned chart paper and markers that you can mark up in front of the camera.
A care package for every student (with supplies and something fun inside).
Just because you’re not hearing “Can I borrow a pencil?” all day doesn’t mean you don’t have students who aren’t sitting at home without one. High school teachers are creating at-home learning kits for every student. The trending items: a notebook, pack of mechanical pencils, a set of highlighters, and some healthy snacks (NutriGrain bars and trail mix are in the lead), all alongside any other basics for your class.
Not to be forgotten: high school teachers are adding in something fun and personal, whether it’s a card for the student and their family welcoming them to the school year, or a set of low-cost themed supplies specific to your class. (As small as it feels, a globe-themed eraser or math joke magnet acts as an in-person reminder of your class when they sign off every day.)
Subscription to resources that will last all year long.
High school teachers are picking up New York Times Upfront Magazine, which delivers the news monthly in a way that’s easy for planning class discussions on current events. Other teachers are keeping it all digital with subscriptions to Nearpod Platinum, an online resource that helps you turn every presentation interactive with mini-quizzes and activities throughout (and even has virtual field trip options).
You can check out both of those, plus a whole lot of other subscriptions, at DonorsChoose vendor AKJ Books.
The top reads high school teachers are getting right now
Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo
Internment, by Samira Ahmed
Dear Martin, by Nic Stone
Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi
One of Us Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus
Looking for inspiration from other grade levels? Check out popular materials at every grade: