If you spend your own money, do you keep the stuff?

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  1. TeacherShelly

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    If teachers spend their own money buying things for the classroom, do you take them when you switch grades (or schools)? Examples, if you buy books for a classroom library, or class set of magnets, do you leave them for the next (say) Third Grade teacher, or take them with you?

    I'm curious... :thanks:
     
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  3. bandnerdtx

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    HECK, YEAH! The only time I wouldn't keep them is if I were completely changing grade levels (like from middle school to high school) or subjects (like history to English)--both of which I did.

    I put a big ol' sticker with my name on everything I buy!
     
  4. JustMe

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    YES, YES, YES!!!
     
  5. Jame

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    I so agree! But when I went from K to 5th, I did either give to friends or left whatever I wouldn't be able to use in 5th.
     
  6. ~~Pam~~

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    A definite yes from me! I have found that it seems no move is ever a permanent move and you never know if you may be back teaching that subject/grade again. Now I know why teachers are such pack-rats. :)
     
  7. MrsMikesell

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    Oh yeah!
     
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    Yes, I have spent WAY too much of my own money to leave anything behind!
     
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    Put your name on everything you buy and you move it with you from class to class OR school to school as the case maybe.
     
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    Yessiree, it's yours. Take it. You'll use it again, no doubt.
    Kim
     
  11. Ima Teacher

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    If my money bought it, my name and "personal" goes on it in Sharpie marker. I also list it on the classroom inventory with "personal" written beside it . . . for insurance purposes.

    If the school buys if for me, I still put my name on it, but I also put the school name. That stuff travels with me as long as I'm in that building.
     
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    I always keep stuff which I buy myself, and you should too unless storage becomes a factor.

    Supplies like glue, scissors, etc. can be used in all grade levels. Grade-specific books and activities can be used in other grades for students who are below or above their current level in a particular subject.
     
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    A big YES from me too. Sharpies are your friend when it comes to your own stuff!
     
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    I have taught every level from K to 4th in the past 11 years of teaching. I have plastic tubs with each grade level on it. That way when I change levels (this year I am moving from 2nd that I have taught for the last 3 years to 3rd that I haven't taught for 7 years) all I have to do is pull out the tub and I have all my materials as well as items specific for that grade (books particular for that grade level) available. If I buy it I have stickers I have made on the printer with my name and PERSONAL PROPERTY in capital letters that I put on the inside front cover of ANYTHING that I buy. I spent approximately $1000 on materials this year and I am sorry but I am not going to give them to the school. They don't even provide a "classroom budget" so I don't feel I should provide supplies that stay in the classroom.
     
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    My mom (a teacher) always told me if you buy it, it's yours! I don't have a classroom yet, but I have purchased a lot for my substituting bag of tricks. When I do have my own classroom I will always keep the things I purchase, even if I do move grade levels. My mom's was moved back and forth a few times and she always kept everything because she never knew when she need it again!
     
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    Absolutely! Mark your belongings.

    If a child fails to return a book from the class library, I charge the parent $3.95 to replace it. (Usually the child finds the book under the bed or something before they have to pay!)
     
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    Your money=your stuff :)
     
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    Yeah, if the school didn't buy it then its yours. If somthing was given to you from another teacher that the school didn't purchase it's still yours.
     
  19. Irishdave

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    I have 5 boxes so far of my stuff I have to take home because I am switching from Shop to Math some are tools that I have bought.
     
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    Absolutely! If I buy it with my money then I keep it. And I agree - a Sharpie is a teacher's best friend!
     
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    Makes sense, thanks. I'm surprised that teachers are basically expected to buy teaching supplies and tools with their own money. I'm just student teaching but am already spending!

    What other profession requires the professional to supply their own tools? I'm changing careers from a private sector job (which, incidentally, paid for my internet at home, cell phone, and more as "business requirements,").

    Anyway, I guess it's one of the quirks I have to get accustomed to! I'll go get a package of Sharpies....
     
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    Gosh I wish my District would pay for my at home internet
    what a dream
     
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    Oh it was a corporate marketing job (not a school job). I guess profitable businesses are a LOT different from school districts :D
     
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    I know I just wish :D
     
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    Wouldn't it be lovely if we could get some perks like other careers do?

    So many people who are less educated make twice what I do.
     
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    Is the Colorado sky a perk? I loved visiting Colorado in the summer (not a real winter sport kinda guy)
     
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    That is a really good idea. I'm going to start doing that this year. I thought I'd be able to remember everything that I bought with personal $, but I was deluding myself! :p
     
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    My money my stuff- I label what i buy differently than what the school buys. I also have stuff that I have received through grants- if I move grade levels I take it with me...
     
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    Can you take the stuff you received through grants to another school?
     
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    No don't do that unless no other teacher can use it and you stay in the district
     
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    I have a whole room full of books that I have bought for classroom use. I will probably need to get rid of some outdated materials.
     
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    I wouldn't take anything recieved from a grant.
     
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    I make sure that I spend school money on consumables and my money on stuff that I'll want to keep. That way, I'm being honest if I take something out of the building when I go. School money buys construction paper and besides, who wants to lug that from state to state when its cheap and easy to come by. But all those pocket charts and manipulatives, I'll spend my money so I can keep it.

    This year we were awarded additional money and I thought carefully about my purchases.

    And, in regards to the grants, wouldn't that depend on whether the grant was given to the school or the teacher. Everyone always says, "Mrs. So-and-So won a grant," so does that make it hers? She applied and met the requirements. (Just a point of view, maybe it's not legally correct.)
     
  34. Irishdave

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    Good point
     
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    Silly question! :D just kidding! yes, absolutely if you buy it you keep it. I know I've spent a fortune on books and countless other materials. My attic is filled with boxes and boxes of stuff! I should open a teacher's second hand store!
     
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    I wouldn't take the grant stuff from my district's educational foundation grants but grant awards from other sources I would probably try... I'm not going anywhere so it's a moot point for me.
     
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    I received a grant for materials to try a new teaching method and the grant specified that if I change schools, the materials should go with me.
     
  38. Upsadaisy

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    I put in requisitions for $150 worth of stuff to my school. I figure I'll get most of it. The rest is on me. Sigh.

    I'm scouting catalogs for ideas for things to make by copying their ideas.
     
  39. JerseyEnglish

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    Most defintely. If you buy the items they are yours to keep.
     
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    Items bought with school funds belong to the school. Items bought with my funds belong to me (duly markered, stickered, and stamped with my name!!).
     

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