I got these at beginning of the year gifts for my behavioral technicians and myself. I have to BTs that help run rotation groups, manage individual academic and behavioral problems, but most importantly… make sure I get to pee throughout the day! Hooray!
I’m still brainstorming what to fill them with. Possibilities include:
Starbucks gift card
Cocaine… (just jokes)
Teachers: What would you appreciate these mugs to be filled with as a gift for yourself?
Yesterday I found myself at the dollar store (again!) looking for classroom supplies. I walked out with 25 items for, you guessed it, $25 plus tax. I felt I had gotten off easy until I shared this “bargain” with my husband later that day.
"You spent MORE money on the classroom?? How much is that already?"
I was sort of ticked at first thinking it was rude of him not to be as excited as I was to invest in something that I care so much about. But then I started to add up some numbers and realized shortly after that he made a great point.
My district is one of the most supportive and uplifting education environments I’ve ever been a part of, and I’m blessed to receive around $200 a year to put towards my classroom. My Principal has also been very encouraging to pay for additional needs, like when he wanted to help me start a Chess Club or create a school garden. Money wasn’t the concern in his mind- student needs were put first.
Even with this direct support from my supervisor, I STILL spend hundreds of my own dollars a year on my classroom. This morning I spent some time researching to see if I was an outlier and I found this article:
According to this information… I’m an outlier on the LOW end of spending! How do so many teachers rationalize spending their income on their classrooms?
Personally, it goes back to my immediate response to my husband: “It’s an investment!” I’ve been telling myself that if I spend the money now that I’ll be spending less in the future- that I’ll be doing the most early and that it will be making every year after easier. As a second year teacher, only time will tell.
Teachers: How much do you spend on your classroom a year? What rational do you use to support your spending?
Excuse the mess, but enjoy a shot at my handsome husband!
This is the right side of the classroom, which further right has a sink area and a reading nook.
Here is the progress on the beautiful gray wall! My husband helped me trim between boards and around expensive equipment. Another whiteboard will be added to the left of my SmartBoard.
This is the wall to the left of the whiteboards- I love this blue! None of the walls look very good without charts, posters, or anchor charts… but all in time.
We finished painting today and I’ll post more pictures once I finish the decorating process. Excluding days I took off to leave town and/or forget that I’m a teacher, the entire process took about 4 days and cost me under $70- not bad!
I’m beyond thrilled to have been invited back to my school as a second-year teacher! Last year was the hardest year of my life but confirmed in my heart that I’m headed the right direction.
I’m guilty of having started blogs in the past and abandoning them… but I’m hoping this one will stick. The purpose of this blog will be to help me document what teaching practices are working and which aren’t. It is also so that anyone interested can follow along.
I currently teach at a Community Day School which hosts K-8 students who have been sent to us due to moderate/extreme behavioral issues. Mostly it means that I work at what my students call the “bad kid school.”
My enclosed classroom receives students ranging from grades 6th through 8th, but is available to house 5th grader due to specific circumstances. I (attempt to) teach all subjects with the help of two Behavioral Technicians and a PE coach from our neighboring Middle School. We have a strict behavioral management/tracking system that allows students to earn their way back to their original school by earning points. More about that to come.
My students and I spent a lot of time examining this diagram and cracking jokes. As much as they said otherwise, I really believe I’ve found an awesome job! This last year challenged me in a bazillion ways, but I’m already counting down the days until I get to see my students again.