Your school should have all the supplies your students need as far as folders, crayons, rulers, pencils, paper, markers, glue, scissors, etc. Ask the district to be sure. Also ask if they have the supplies you will need for your desk, such as tape, stapler, staple remover, rubber bands, index cards, big scissors, push pins, fun tack, masking tape, TISSUES, paper towels and cleaner, file folders... Things you probably have to buy: stickers are nice, and pretty pencils as rewards. Some hand lotion, because chalk dries your skin. A flash drive to save your documents. A good dictionary for your own use. A calendar/organizer. Save all your receipts. You can claim up to $500 a year if you itemize your income tax. Good luck and enjoy the year.
I know this isn't your question, but I can't resist this advice: wear comfortable shoes that have good arch support, room to move your toes, not high heels, and not sneakers. You only get one pair of feet in this life, and a teacher is on them all day.
First get for yourself a Daytimer organizer. The Dollar store has great prices. Get a timer like the kind you use in a kitchen to time certain activities that the children will do. Time gets away before you know it.
like u no paper los of tht ummm if ur skool sends out a supply list then u dont gotta buy notebooks and like scissors crayon and marker and tht stuff and folders and LOTS AND LOTS OF PENCILS!! trust me we lose em fast 4 like the 1 month well have em then bye bye pencils so any way good
Check with your school district, most of them have resource centers to help teachers prepare. Good Luck!
Both of my parents are teachers, so I see them buying these things every year before school starts. You will need a lot of printer paper, folders (many of these), collored pens (aka red), white board markers, lined paper, overhead projector supplies, calculator, note pads, highlighters, binders (to keep all of your stuff organized), and various office supplies like paper clips. This will also depend on the level you are teaching and your style of teaching. Some teachers like to give out stickers etc.. There are many teacher supply stored accross the country and I encourage you to look through their stock of stuff. You might get some more ideas.
Before I answer, I have to state that it is absolutely absurd that a teacher has to come out of pocket for these things. You people are paid nothing for the important job you do, and then you have to buy your own supplies. I read somewhere that it isnt even tax deductible for you. Pathetic.
OK. Rant over.
Ten or more boxes of pens.
Desk Planner (get two, one for lesson plans!)
Assorted colored markers
Sticky things (like stars, etc.) to put on papers
Depending upon what grade you teach, and how many kids are involved, this is going to change.
Good luck with your first year.
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First, your district will (and should) supply most of everything you need for your classroom. In the districts I work in, they have a "teacher resource room" and in it teachers can find pens, pencils, erasers, markers, crayons, construction paper, an Ellison machine & Ellison dies, straight edge cutter, paper clips...you name it...they have it in there regarding school supplies. AND.it's of no cost to you. You should really contact your principal and ask him or her if you have a resource center so you don't waste any of your money!!
Save it for your bulletin boards.I just spent $15 on fabric for two boards (much nicer than construction paper and doesn't fade!).
I'd say outfit your desk.. and pencils.. because students are going to forget pencils..or break them. on purpose :| But as far as the rest. I'd keep a stash of stuff..and make them pay .. even if it's just a quarter for a notebook..and you paid 50c for it.. even if it's at a loss.. do NOT give it over to them. It will at least make them think about "well if I have to pay her for it, I will bring my own from home". Funny how when they have to cough up money for something, they suddenly come up with their own. I find that my own children do that when I make them pay for their own candy bar..they suddenly dont need that candy bar so badly.. or they "find" they have money.
As for your desk, mine evolved over time.. sometimes I'd end up at Walmart almost every day picking up a little thing here or there, adding to it. I'd get a post-it dispenser and a stack of postits, a small notebook (cutesy one that you LIKE, you're gonna look at it every day!), some pens that you like, some erasers, tape, thumbtacks, sticky-tack, some tums for you, some tylenol for those headaaches that come from the kids, rubber bands.. extra boxes of crayons, some highlighters, some extra colored pencils, an extra ruler or two, a pad of ruled paper if you are teaching 1-2nd grade for making letters (maybe 2 if you have a larger class); pad of paper for cursive if you are teaching 3d & 4th grade, a pack of looseleaf paper (wideruled) if you are teaching higher, a pack of quad paper).. hmm that is about all that I've run into - oh yes - if you teach math, keep around a compass and a protractor.. and a pencil sharpener. But also.. have some bandaids. and stickers. Check walmart to see if they have the stamp bucket for teachers again this year - they did last year, and it has 30 stamps for teachers with lots of neat stuff on it for stamping on homework and papers turned in. Or check Hobby Lobby. Stickers and Walmart has reward pencils also, but I'd say wait until they start clearancing those out, and stock up on them! This is my 4th year volunteering teaching at a private school, I have 2 students this year in 1st grade. Looking forward to this year, hoping we get more students as the year progresses :) Good luck with your teaching.
I shop at Staples. Their Teacher Rewards usually means a nice little bonus each quarter.
1. A stacking in-box for collecting and sorting papers. 1 slot for each assignment, subject, or class.
2. A self-inking date-stamp.
3. A heavy-duty stapler that staples15-20 papers at a time.
4. An electric prencil sharpener.
5. A heavy-duty hole punch that punches 25 papers at a time.
Lots of good advice above me. I would add: hand sanitizer, moist wipes, hand moisturizer, and kleenex. Clean your hands frequently, especially after you grade papers or touch the doorknob of your classroom. It'll save you a lot of colds and worse! There are few things as miserable as teaching when you're ill yourself, and it's often more effort to stay home and make up substitute lesson plans.
First, see what the school has for you. Some districts have more to offer than others. I worked in one, where I had to provide everything, including my own chalk. No joke.
Let's see, here's what I've had to buy for myself...
I always start at garbage picking, garage sales, family/friend basements, dollar stores. Then I move out to the sales at the regular stores (Target, Walmart). Office Depot and Staples has teacher discount / rewards.
I've also had really nice parents, who ask me if there's anything I need. I usually ask for easy things, not too expensive, for their kids' benefit - paper towels, hand sanitizer, etc.
I teach HS, btw.
- My pencil cup is a big flower pot with those glass stones in it. Fits everything, and nothing tips over.
- Nice little lamp, for when I'm working early/late.
- Desk calendar
- Hand sanitizer
- Electric pencil sharpener
- Decent tissues
- Lots of post-it notes
- Plants (healthy greenery!)
- Pictures (kids are always curious about your family, or how geeky you looked in HS)
- Bandaids (know anyone who's a nurse? Might be able to pilfer some supplies for you...)
- Koosh ball
- Sticky tak (depending on your walls - nothing sticks to cinder block but that gooey chewing gum stuff)
- Disposable camera
- Colored chalk (my school only provides white...)
- Hygenic stuff (for students: maxi pads, deodorant - I actually have needed to help a kid out with this)
- Stuff for you (your own toiletries, you never know when you'll need a safety pin, shout wipe, backup supply of tampons, mouthwash, peanut M&Ms, I go through a BIG bottle of Excedrin every year, change of clothes, you never know...)
- Goodies for kids (pencils, stickers, candy I don't like- so I don't eat it all!)
- Holder for your business cards
- Package of generic stationery (for when a teacher or student needs a little pick-me-up)
- Index cards
- Jug with little beans, poker chips, or popsicle sticks (to write each kids' name on for all sorts of grouping/picking/choosing)
- Decent desk chair!
- spray cleanser or wipes
- air freshener (I like the Febreeze plugin)
- paper towels
- paper plates/napkins/forks/cups
- box of garbage bags
- duct tape (for subduing kids -- -just kidding)
- step ladder
- Spray bottle (spritz for overhead projector)
- Lots of dishrags (works good on projector)
- Sandwich baggies
FOR THE KIDS
- markers/colored pencils
Big Box of:
- props (depends on your subject area, I guess...) - I stock up on dollar store, garage sale, and raided basement stuff for cool things to improv with
- Old board games, board game pieces (all these old board games saved our sanity during a 3 hr lockdown once, seriously)
- Books, magazines, anything written related to your subject
- Collect old magazines for cutting/pasting
- lanyard for keys, badge, pen
- cubby thing for in/out papers (I got a great one at CostCo - it's wire, and has something like 10 shelves)
- wire baskets
- file folders/hangers
- Clear binder insert sheets (perfect for when you need to refer to something often, or hang stuff on the board, and don't want to get tape all over it)
BIGGER STUFF I'VE HAD TO FOOT THE BILL ON
- Professional organization memberships ($200/yr)
- Workshops + Continuing Ed ($40k)
- Laptop + tv hookup ($1k)
- DVD player
- Subject area DVDs + books (~ $3k)
- I wish I could get my own LCD projector... maybe this year... (~ $1k)
It ain't cheap, but it's made teaching easier!
No matter what the grade, the following are always handy:
Pencils, Erasers, Pens
White Out Tape
2 Pocket Folders
Stapler & Staples
Remember, you don't have to have everything right away. Most schools will get you started with the basics, and your students will be expected to bring some supplies in as well.
I like to use the plastic shoe boxes (usually cost about $1) for classroom supplies that all the students can use. I have one for glue sticks, colored pencils, crayons, markers, rullers, scissors, and highlighters. I also keep an empty pencil can by the sharpener & when students leave pencils behind, I put the there for when someone else forgets one.
If you are in a district where students may not be able to afford the school supplies, I would also pick up spare notebooks & pencil cases so that they have the same as everyone else.
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