First Year 7th Grade Teacher

Discussion in 'Middle School / Junior High' started by firstyearteacher18, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. firstyearteacher18

    firstyearteacher18 New Member

    Jul 12, 2018
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    Jul 12, 2018

    Hi everyone! I'm heading into my first year of teaching! I'll be teaching 7th grade ELA in South Carolina and so far I am at a loss with where to even begin with loading up on necessary supplies! Does anyone have any advice on how to prepare or what supplies/decorations I should be stocking up on before the school year begins? My school also does not provide any assistance in buying school supplies so any advice on how to afford everything I may need would be great!

    Thank you so much in advance!! :)
  3. phillyteacher

    phillyteacher Comrade

    Jul 28, 2015
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    Jul 12, 2018

    Is there a supply list provided to your students or do you create one to give out? That's where I'd start. Find out, if you can, what students are generally asked to bring. Also find out if books are provided for a classroom library.

    I don't think there's that much you will really NEED so I would hold off on spending too much money. It'll be helpful to have lined paper on hand, but often students bring some. Also writing utensils (pencils, pens, maybe highlighters) and sticky notes. Again, these may be on the supply lists.
  4. Ima Teacher

    Ima Teacher Phenom

    Oct 25, 2005
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    Jul 12, 2018

    I wouldn't buy too much in the beginning. You'll probably do better when you buy things as you see a need for them.
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  5. bella84

    bella84 Fanatic

    Jul 20, 2012
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    Jul 13, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Yes, don't buy anything. Maybe a bag for yourself or some pens that you really like, but don't spend any more money until you get to new teacher orientation, see your classroom, and talk to colleagues. Find out what you actually need before you buy anything more.
  6. ssgirl11

    ssgirl11 Rookie

    Jan 9, 2018
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    Jul 13, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Fellow 7th grade teacher here! I wouldn’t suggest buying too much at the beginning. See what your school provides first before buying any supplies. As far as decor is concerned buy whatever you feel is going to make your classroom a comfortable, inviting space for you and your students. If you do want to get some supplies, I saw on Facebook (although not the most reliable resource, so do your research) that they are giving teachers a 15% discount on school supplies!

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