I recently went back to work as a teaching assistant at my daughter's school. Being there everyday, I have had a better idea of some of the things teachers really do need.
One thing that I have picked up on is clipboards! There are constantly notes coming in, and they need a place to keep them where they are readily available and easily visible. Another thing I noticed though, is that most of the everyday items they need to use aren't always the cutest. So I thought it would be fun to take a smaller clipboard and dress it up a bit, but make it so it would still be usable for storing those daily notes.
This is a very simple, not bulky item that they can carry along with them and not have to worry about the "cute" items falling off!!
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