How to...pack your bags
Unlike the plastic supermarket carrier bags you have.
So what's in the smart container?
An emergency kit for every occasion, the tools for the job - collected wisdom stuffed in a sack.
Pens and pencils?
Some chalk, dry markers, pencils of every hue with matching eraser and sharpener, pens (red, blue and black) and a thick felt tip. There will be paper to scribble on, file paper for writing, graph paper for maths and spare exercise books. Plus a cloth for cleaning the board before and afterwards.
A dictionary and a thesaurus, a blow-up globe, a short story book and a notebook containing favourite emergency lessons. Also a protractor, a compass, a ruler and a calculator (spare batteries will be packed, of course).
And to organise your day?
A timetable, lesson plans and work for the day, class lists, a school handbook (including emergency procedures, a map, a staff list and phone numbers), user name and password, an alarm clock, a code for the combination locks and keys for the rest.
Add a glue stick, scissors, a ruler, a stapler and drawing pins and I'm all set for display work, too.
And human needs?
Tissues (for leaks of every kind), a packed lunch, boiled sweets, a named copy of The TES Magazine, a bottle of water and a thermos flask of coffee.
The complete first-aid kit then...
Yes, and how do you manage?
In this recyclable plastic bag a laptop with my life's work. In the other a bottle of gin to drink if I lose the first one, or for a power cut. The bags under my eyes come extra. Swap you?
Duncan Grey is author of 100+ Essential Lists For Teachers and First Aid Kit For Teachers (Continuum)