My students attend a small neighborhood school in a large community. Our school is a fairly large school, serving students from preschool through third grade. I have both regular and special education students in my classroom along with English language learners, all with a high level of student variability. My students come from very diverse backgrounds and come to school at varying levels of preparedness for what they encounter in the classroom.
One of my biggest challenges as a teacher is a lack of basic supplies for my classroom.
We are granted a small allowance each year, but I still pay out of pocket to replace or replenish materials at the beginning of each year. My students are hard working students that need basic supplies. All learners should have access to the necessary supplies to help them be successful in the classroom.
For several years, I have been writing grants to secure technology for my classroom. I am so happy to say that I am ALMOST to my goal of having one-to-one technology in my classroom thanks in part to DonorsChoose.org! I am now requesting supplies to print our published writings and turn them into "real" books for our classroom library. Sometimes these books are small--one author's work. Sometimes, they are large--classroom anthologies. I am also seeking to replenish supplies for our publishing center that have been depleted, as well as replacing supplies for our classroom overall.
Success occurs when preparation meets opportunity.
This is why a classroom needs to be well stocked with the supplies necessary for teaching and learning. Basic supplies are always re-stocked or replaced in the fall, but by midyear, our supply becomes depleted. For this reason, I have also added a few necessary classroom supplies that I must always replenish or replace out of pocket at the beginning of each school year. Some of our class data binders have seen better days. Sticky notes are a hot commodity during shared writing time and disappear quickly--which is a good thing! Colored pens are needed for both publishing and color coded classroom activities. I've also added chart paper, which we use frequently for collaboration, group work, sharing, and gallery walks.
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