Classroom Essentials - Everything but the Kitchen Sink
My students need notebooks, erasers, colored pencils, markers, scissors, band-aids, air freshener, clipboards to create a classroom display of writing, bulletin board paper, and storage bins, pencils, pens, three hole punch, and caddies.
My students live in rural Upper Michigan. We are a high poverty school district with one hundred percent of the students eligible for free breakfast and lunch. While our district recently passed a millage rate to update the technology in our buildings; we are currently on a zero spending freeze to help us balance our budget.
As an English teacher I strive to tap into my students' creativity.
I teach 9th and 11th grade English. So I guide students that are starting out in high school and those who are gearing up to take the SAT. My students work hard and deserve a well stocked classroom, but with budget cuts, our district is not able to purchase school supplies or the extras that a teacher uses multiple times a day).
One of the challenges that I face is being able to keep my small classroom tidy and organized. I find that my students are more likely to take care of our classroom and supplies when I have both classroom management and organization under control. Therefore, the storage items would go a long way in making sure our classroom is neat and visually striking.
For years, until I discovered DonorsChoose, I had to make due with what supplies I had in my classroom. During the course of the school day there are many items that a teacher can use to help students be successful. The classroom environment is extremely important and I want my students to take pride in their school. Therefore, every item that makes its way into my classroom is appreciated and put to good use.
We need notebooks, erasers, colored pencils, markers, scissors, band-aids, air freshener, clipboards to create a classroom display of writing, bulletin board paper, and storage bins, pencils, pens, three hole punch, and caddies.
I think that the supplies that I am requesting will help my students feel valued.
Not only will many of supplies (colored pencils, markers) help encourage creativity, but my classroom has minimal options to store school supplies, so the storage bins will help keep our classroom environment clutter free. I have found that my students are more apt to clean up after themselves if I model a neat and clean work environment to them.
I have been browsing Pinterest to find creative classsroom décor. The clipboards and magnets will help create a student writing display on the whiteboard. All of these supplies will enhance our learning environment and help us create a classroom community where we can write, create, think critically, and share our ideas with each other.
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