December 17, 2018

What teachers need most for their classrooms right now

This gift-giving season, consider your local school. Here's what teachers need, according to the classroom crowdfunding site

The crowdfunding website found that teachers need some of the most basic school supplies for their classrooms such as pens, pencils, composition notebooks, and books. Photo by Sarah Morris/Getty Images

This December, our teachers, donors, and partners will be coming together in a big way to make sure students are thriving at school. Right now, teachers have posted 77,000 ideas for things they need for their students. We dug into our data and pulled out the top five most-funded resources on so far this season. Here are a few of your favorite things!

1. ‘Tis the Season for Books

Okay, okay. Every season is book season. This month’s most popular titles include S.E. Hinton’s classic The Outsiders, Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan, and Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give. (The movie adaptation of the latter just hit theaters, but teachers have been in on the secret for quite some time.) Of all the enriching books teachers are putting in their students hands, these three rose to the top.

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2. Today’s Tools for Tomorrow’s Engineers

Some projects allow educators to teach science, technology, engineering, and math in a hands-on way. For example, activity kits like Engineer-a-Coaster have been hugely popular this fall. Here’s just one example project from the hundreds funded. Is there a better way to learn the laws of physics as a kid than building your own rollercoaster? (That was rhetorical. There is not.)

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3. The 21st Century Essential

There continues to be a dire need for technology in classrooms, and laptops are at the top of the list this season. Teachers are using laptops for every reason under the sun: to teach coding, differentiate instruction in large classes, augment other lessons, and provide exposure for students who have no technology at home.

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4. Toothbrushes and Other Warmth & Care Items

As we approach the holidays, teachers and donors think even more about how to help students come to school healthy, confident, and ready to learn. When it comes to crucial personal care items, toothbrushes are the most-requested. As the weather becomes cold in many states, we are also seeing an uptick in the number of projects requesting coats and hats.

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5. That New Notebook Smell

This time of year, the classroom supply closet can start to run low. Many teachers are returning to to replenish basic yet indispensable items like pens, pencils, and paper. The most-requested basic school supply this fall are sturdy, old-fashioned Composition Notebooks. Nothing beats opening a fresh, new notebook—except filling it up!

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This article first appeared on the blog.

Stephen Burke

Stephen Burke is a digital content manager at