Back to school: The items teachers hate the most

(KOKH/Travis Stewart)

As your children go back to school it is important they have the essential supplies. You’ve probably already gone through the list and checked it twice to make sure you have the right paper, pencils, books and crayons for your student. However, what else is going in the backpack?

We talked to teachers about the things parents send or students bring to school that annoy them the most.

“The most annoying things are rolling back packs,” said Renee Stallings. She teaches Kindergarten and says little ones do not really need a bag on wheels. “The wheels they think they need to pull them behind them and everyone trips.”

For other teachers the most annoying items are those that can interfere with classtime.

“Little knickknacks that they [parents] send for them [children] to play with,” said Beth Lindsey a teacher in the Cordell School District.

You may think they are comforting to your child or will help them, but teachers would prefer if you stick to the class list and not add in extra flair. “We've got what we need to teach your child it's wonderful,” Lindsey said.

However, there is one thing that almost every teacher we talked with agreed makes their heads spin.

Fidget Spinners.

They are the latest craze for kids from kindergarten to high school. For the 30-something crowd, they are the “slap bracelet” of this generation. Slap bracelets, those must have fashion accessories of your school experience are also making a comeback.

Fidget spinners are marketed to help your child stay focused. Teachers say they are actually a major distraction.

The teachers we spoke with say they understand you want your kids to have focus, but a toy will not help them learn. However, if you really want to help students in the classroom, you can help provide actual educational supplies for teachers.

One way to do just that is to donate to places like The Feed the Children Teacher Store a place where teachers can shop for free during these turbulent times in the world of public education.

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