A Tournament of Teachers: At-School Needs Revealed
It’s back! Advancement Courses is hosting our Tournament of Teachers—a bracket-style tournament themed for K–12 educators. This year is our Can’t Live Without It edition, where you’ll vote on the school and home essentials that keep you going throughout the year.
Here’s how the tournament works:
March 16–22:Submit your bracket predicting which “Can’t Live Without It” items will win.
March 23–April 1: Vote on which items you think should advance to the next round.
April 2: Winners are announced.
These are the prizes for the entrants with the top brackets:
1st Place: $1,000 Amazon gift card
2nd Place: $250 Amazon gift card
3rd Place: $100 Amazon gift card (3 entrants will win this prize)
Also don’t forget to check out the Can’t Live Without It: At-Home Must-Haves.
Can’t Live Without It: At School
1. Target Dollar Spot
Everything is under $5, so even if you buy a cartful, it’s still a good deal…right?
2. Dollar Tree
Pinterest can keep its fabulous $100+ classroom makeovers. You’ve got the Dollar Tree.
Tissues: your first line of defense against cold and flu season.
4. Clorox Wipes
Your doorknobs, desks, and communal supplies are Petri dishes for germs—but not if you have Clorox wipes!
5. Small Class Size
Less grading? Yes, please! (Oops, we meant more one-on-one time with students. That’s what good teachers say, right?)
6. Teacher’s Aide
You want some experience on what it’s like to be a teacher? Great! Here’s a pile of quizzes to grade.
7. Field Trip
Permission forms, medical releases, collecting money, organizing chaperones, hyperventilating when your headcount comes up short—what’s not to love?
8. Classroom Party
Your education degree didn’t include a course in party planning? Weird, because you do a lot of it now.
9. Post-It Notes
Collages, labels, good-job notes, bookmarks, reminders, polls, progress bars, classroom activities. Who doesn’t love an excuse to use Post-It notes? In different colors, of course. Lots and lots of different colors.
10. Flip Chart Paper
Let’s be honest: Everything is more exciting on a giant piece of paper.
11. Personal Laminator
Make your handouts (mostly) indestructible through the magic of laminating!
12. Unlimited Copies
No more hoarding paper, begging for color ink, calculating your copy needs months in advance, or mortgaging your home to cover the difference after you reach your limit.
13. Desk Fan
Because no one wants to see pit stains when you go to the board.
14. Space Heater
Your school claims to have central heating, but evidently, your classroom is nowhere near that center.
15. Late Start
And you thought two-hour delays were exciting when you were a kid.
16. Early Dismissal
Bring it on, Mother Nature. Nothing you throw at me can be more chaotic than the last hour of the school day.