My Stationary Picks for Student Teachers

Everyone knows that being a teacher requires you to be super organised, and I would argue that being a student teacher requires this even more! Not only have you got to stay on top of the planning, marking and assessment for your class but you’ve also got regular university assignments, exams, tests and essays to contend with! It’s a pretty intense year.

As I’m now a term into my teacher training year I thought I would share a few of my top stationary picks to help keep organised and on top of that huge pile of work that you’ve got to do (sorry!!).

Teacher planner – Amazon £8.95

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This planner is fantastic because it doubles up as a weekly lesson planner and an academic diary. I fill mine with literally everything; from my in-school lesson plans, reflections and evaluations, essay deadline, lecture and seminar rooms, mentor meetings and everything else in between! It’s great to have all your ‘teaching stuff’ in one place and be able to plan your lessons within that same place too. You may think the black design is a little boring, but I like to keep it professional! There are many other colours and more jazzy designs available.

Fine-lined coloured pens – WH Smiths £7.99

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Anyone who is as obsessed with colour coding their revision notes as me then you will most likely already have a set of these babies! If not – you need them in your life! Completing a teacher training year is A LOT of paperwork, much of which refers to other paperwork which links to other documents which is connected back to yet more (you guessed it) paperwork. Using these to write plans and notes in different colours to code and sort them will be a game changer for you. And at the end of a stressful day they are also really good for those stress-busting ‘adult colouring books’! My favourite are the Stabilo brand as I find they last a long time and the colours are bright and vivid.

Rollbound ring-binders & lever-arch files – WH Smiths

(ring-binders £2.99/ lever -arch files £3.99)

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You will 100% need ring-binders and lever -arch files while completing your course. I’m only one term in and I’ve completely filled two already!  The ‘rollbound’ spine of these folders is something I have come across fairly recently and have found to be brilliant. The spines are basically rounded rather than straight, giving the folder much more flexibility and making it less vulnerable to breakage when it gets a little full! These are a fantastic price in WH Smiths and they do them in a range of brightly coloured prints and designs so stock up now! You’ll need them.

Highlighter pen wheel – Paperchase £8

Clearly, there will be lots that will need to be highlighted when you are a teacher! I like having a range of colours on one ‘wheel’ as a space saver and to have lots of colours at my fingertips rather than having to scrabble around and locate them all in my drawer (which is not organised by the way!) I love this ’emoji’ highlighter wheel from Paperchase, and the children will love it too! Instant cool points.

‘To do today’ list notepad – Etsy £3.25

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As well as having a diary I also think it’s helpful to have a separate To-Do list to write on a daily/weekly basis. I always find it a really productive exercise to physically write down everything I’ve got to do that day in order of priority and then leave it somewhere where I will keep seeing it! I really like this cute list from SiouxAlice on Etsy.

Sturdy backpack – Paperchase £32

Once you’ve got all your fancy new stationary then you need a vessel to carry it all in! I can’t lug everything around on my shoulder – it gives me a neck ache, so I always find a backpack to be more comfortable and practical. I really like this one from the ‘Get Organised’ range from Paperchase.

16 Comments

  1. Jadirah Sarmad January 20, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    I love collecting stationery and those binders look so cool! 😍 Also, I find a backpack easier to carry too! 😊

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    • Jessica Emily January 20, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks! I love brightly coloured binders it makes them so much less boring!! xx

  2. xoJenny January 20, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Oh yessss I can totally agree with that. When I was student teaching ON TOP of having to keep up with my other classes, my planner/agenda was the most important thing to me. I knew that I had to write everything down in order to remember due dates, timelines, etc. And my second best tool was definitely a highlight lol I remember being able to go through and highlight things I finished was a hugeeee relief! Best of luck to you!!!

    xo, JJ

    • Jessica Emily January 20, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      Ohh yes you get it! So so much to do! Thanks so much lovely xx

  3. Poppy Mayy January 20, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    I love all of these pieces 😍 Especially the backpack 💗 It’s inspired me to get a bit more organised myself 🙊

    • Jessica Emily January 22, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Thank you Poppy! I find it super hard to stay organised! But I find cute stationary helps haha! xx

    • Jessica Emily January 22, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Hehe yeah I like having colourful ones, mainly to help me tell them apart easily! Thanks for reading 🙂 xx

    • Jessica Emily January 22, 2017 / 10:32 am

      they are THE BEST! I love colouring with them too haha xx

  4. olivia January 21, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Ahh I love stationary I buy so much of it for uni!

    • Jessica Emily January 22, 2017 / 10:33 am

      It’s such an impulse buy – they have such lovely stuff now! It’s difficult not too. Thanks for reading xx

  5. Ana De-Jesus January 22, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I would love that teacher planner as it might help me organize my life a little more. I always have so much to do that I end up forgetting. The coloured pens would be fab too xxx

    • Jessica Emily January 23, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Haha yes I get you! I am usually so disorganised in my personal life when I get my teacher head on I have to organise myself! Thanks for reading xx

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