Since I began teaching freelance and for agencies about five years ago I haven’t had the benefit of an office in the same building I work in except for two of the regular gigs I have. With this in mind, here are my essentials.
- Cheap Pens
- Authentic materials/Realia
- USB Drive
- Plastic folders
- Scissors/Swiss Army Knife
- Post-its/Index cards
You will lend pens out and forget to take them back in at the end of the lesson. The cost mounts up,
With these you can prep listening exercises on public transport or find supplementary/alternative materials.
Menus, transport maps, leaflets, etc. can be exploited in lessons.
Not all convenience store printers will print directly from smartphones/tablets. Carry your materials on one of these. Periodically copy stuff back and forth. Cloud storage is a handy backup, too.
Can keep documents inside without massive creases. May also work as a desk when on the train.
For cutting paper into strips or bits.
For keeping tiny bits of paper inside.
Useful for ad-hoc games or random selection of student/task type/anything else that has six options.
Monitor stuff students say. It can and will be a goldmine. You can use it for examples of common errors, more authentic gap fills and even just for reflection on task performance.
These work as bookmarks, vocabulary cards, cue cards and more.
Also, it’s useful to have a big bag to keep them in!