Well, Target just started it’s “back to school sale”, so I just spent a bunch of my own money (as usual) for my kids and class. In January, I like to give them the 24 box of colors to replace their fat kindergarten crayons, and Target always has a good deal on them. Then I needed new homework folders and some glue sticks. I like starting them out with small glue sticks, a lot of them haven’t had much experience with glue and it can be a waste of a big glue stick, if they don’t get a bit of experience under their belts before I give them the big ones.
The fisker scissors I had have been through 9 years of kindergarten, so I was ready for some new ones of those as well. Then I wanted to try journals this year so I got a bunch of them as well. I actually think I have most of the stuff I need for the beginning of the year, so it wasn’t really to bad of a hit on the pocket-book this time.
Right, like I’m going to get off that easy…….
Like most teachers I know, I spend money on things to make my job easier and to give the kids a better experience, and most of those things would not be provided by the district. Just one year, I think teachers should just work their contract, no extra time, no extra money, even take out of the rooms all the stuff we have bought for our classrooms out of our own pockets. Show the whole country just what school would look like without the extra stuff we do for free.