How much will I spend/What should I buy?

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  1. Peregrin5

    Peregrin5 Maven

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    So, it will be my first REAL year teaching, and I was wondering what to expect on how much I'll be spending to stock/decorate my classroom.

    It's completely empty right now, but there is glassware (for chemistry labs). Nothing on the walls, no art/writing supplies.

    Also, what should I get in your opinion? I will wait to buy until the New-Hire Orientation to see what kind of budget I'll be getting to stock my classroom (if I have a budget).
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Find out your budget now if you can...it can take a while to have the order paperwork processed and order to come in...
     
  4. jenglish97

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    I agree with czacza... Ask how much your budget is. Maybe ask for the names of other science teachers in your school. I would try to contact one of them and find out what to purchase for the classroom.
     
  5. CFClassroom

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    Congrats on your new job.
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    This is a free resource I put together last year that you may find helpful.

    Click to access and download The Ultimate Classroom Supplies Checklist

    It is geared toward elementary, but there is plenty in there to give you ideas.
     
  6. AlwaysAttend

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    Does your school order your lab supplies or are you going to be in charge of that?
     
  7. Alen Jones

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    Try to get posters or data which will be common for all grades. For example in your chemistry lab you can post about Precautions for lab, chemical nature and periodic table etc. In this way you can get what will be useful for all.
     
  8. teacherintexas

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    I'd focus on organization like how you want to store items for that day's lessons, papers from the office, parent communication documentation, files, graded papers, ungraded papers, sub plans, and more.

    Once you know how/where you want that set up, you can figure out of you need any special items.
     
  9. RealThing

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    I have just the thing!

    ARGUS Posters are really good decorative items for an 8th grade classroom. They are motivational with positive messages. They promote character development, conflict resolution, diversity, and achievement.

    Some examples are... "Choose your destination and the path will be revealed", "Ready. Set. Think.", Educationa is not received. It's Achieved!"


    TREND, the publisher has a promotion going on right now, buy 2 get 1 free. You can go to www.teachers-exchange.com when you know your budget.
     
  10. AlwaysAttend

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    These kinds (not brand) of posters are available at the Dollar Tree in 3/packs. 3 posters for $1. Others that are larger are in 2/packs for $1.
     
  11. Blackberry_Girl

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    Tagging along rather than start a similar thread:
    How much do most of you spend out of your own pocket to decorate or get items that your school doesn't cover? What sorts of things do you find yourself buying out of pocket rather than ordering through school?
     

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