A Teacher's bag is invariably a treasure trove of day-to-day essentials, especially if you are a casual teacher. It needs to be sturdy, have plenty of room and be large enough to hold plenty of books, games and other odds and ends we teachers carry.
Upon finding out I would be returning to the classroom two days a week, and having to go between 4 different classes I thought it was time I really find myself the ULTIMATE teacher's bag. So after some searching of google images, and perusing countless blogs, I came across the brand "Thirty One Gifts" and their wonderful array of trendy and affordable totes, purses etc. I was initially so excited about their range (there are plenty of colours and patterns to suit all), but then was deflated when I realised it's only sold in the states (for those of us in Australia it's like a Tupperware kind-of-thing where you can only buy the items by attending or hosting a party).
But, like most things these days, one quick search of eBay revealed that I could purchase the item I wanted probably direct from the manufacturer. I picked what pattern I wanted, went searching and purchased it! And I couldn't be happier with the product!! The bag has two mesh side pockets (which I use to carry my wallet and water in), then the front has three pockets (here I carry two CDs, my phone and then my name badge, whistle etc) and on the back are two more pockets in which I place my pencil case in one, and tissues & hand cream in the other. The zipper on the main section is AWESOME, as it stops things falling out when it's in the car or you're on the move.
(Inside - complete with zipper to keep it all in when it's in the car)
Here it is with some book inside, including reading books, text books and activity books. I've also got some CDs in the front.
I've been using this bag for a few months now, and it's by far the best I've used. It's sturdy and well-made. I also use it as a nappy/toddler bag during the holidays! So if you're in need of a good teacher's bag, definitely check these out!