#64 Getting Back to School!
Teachers have an uncanny ability to spy the Back to School signs everywhere they look beginning mid July. They see the colorful displays and of course the beautiful colorful markers. It makes them want to grab a cart and fill it up. I will advise you once again to not do it. I never spent under a thousand dollars a year in supplies. I couldn't resist the beautiful books, and of course I had to have the entire author's collection. My students did quite well, and in 30 years I had never retained a student.
The last school I worked at did things differently. Teachers were divided into grades and made one list of all the supplies they would need until January. There was leeway if a teacher needed a certain supply and the rest didn't, but most teachers were in agreement with supplies. This evened things out by grade. Notes home for students to not purchase supplies went unheeded. We had a wonderful secretary who would purchase playground equipment and other items through the year and put the surprises in our mailboxes.
It made me sad to read a poor city gave each teacher forty cents for supplies for each student which was supposed to last the whole year. Why was that done? Because they knew the teachers would dig into their pocket and buy what was needed. I would suggest contacting the head of the union and seeing what could be done. One dry marker for each student to write on their desks and wipe off with a paper towel comes to mind. See how fast that goes viral on Facebook.
Enjoy your year and Tell Me Everything!