Why Teachers Are Going Broke Buying School Supplies
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES
- A piece of chalk -- in case the classroom you're assigned to has none.
- An eraser or small rag -- in case the classroom you're assigned to has none.
- A piece of colored chalk -- in case you want to underscoresomething.
- A few rubber bands -- in case you need to band some things together.
- A pad of sticky-notes -- in case you want to stick a note onto something.
- A mechanical lead pencil -- because they're always sharp, don't require a pencil sharpener, and are fine, clear, and erasable.
- Press-on white labels (either address label size or one-line width labels) -- so you can white out or label anything.
- A black ink ballpoint pen -- for making carbon copies or for writing that's more reproducible by a copier than that produced by a blue ink pen.
- A package of 3 x 5 cards -- for class participation exercises, sort-able notes, hall passes
- A yellow highlighter pen -- to highlight points in your lesson plan that you inadvertently omitted, need to review.
- A red pen -- to write evaluative notes on students' tests, homework
- Loose-leaf reinforcements -- to keep pages from falling out of your binder.
- Wet-wash pad -- for quick cleanups.
- A single-edged razor blade(instead of bulky scissors) -- for cutting out magazine articles, pictures... They usually come with a protective cardboard over the blade.
- A small tin of aspirin -- in case of a headache.
- Some large and small paper clips -- to clip together homework or test papers from particular class periods.
- A piece of carbon paper -- in case you want to keep a copy of notes you write to parents or students.
- A see-through plastic pencil case -- to carry all the above items.
- An appointment book -- to keep track of weekly appointments, things to do
- A cell phone.
- A grade book -- for taking attendance, checking homework, giving credit for class participation
- A pad of newsprint (rolled up?) -- to make notes on; especially useful when you'll teach the same lesson more than once-- in different rooms.
- A magic marker or two -- to make notes with.
- A small stapler -- for securely posting items on a bulletin board or attaching papers.
- Cardboard -- to place over a door or window to cut down on hallway distractions.
- A small can of machine oil -- in case a squeaky seat or door distracts students.
- This list -- to check over a couple of days before school starts.
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