Most new teachers walk into their new classroom territory and find at least some equipment. Perhaps there are items there that you don't recognize. One way to get those types of questions answered is to post a question and/or picture on the TAP-L (Teaching Apparatus List) listserv (see: for more information). Within a few short minutes, the sender will receive at least a couple of responses. But what if a new teacher walks into a totally empty prep room? Now that teacher is tasked with purchasing useful equipment, and we know that the opportunity for a similar acquisition in the near future is slim. So you better choose wisely! Whether my new stockroom is well equipped or completely empty, I would make sure to have the following six items in my arsenal.

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