What should I buy?

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  1. shoebottom

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    I will be teaching 1st grade inclusion next year. It is a newly created position; therefore, I will have no materials in my classroom. I was given a budget of $500 to buy supplies and learning material. What are the most essential things I will need? I really want and need the money to stretch as much as possible. I have not been able to get into the building to read over the IEPs for specific details yet. I have to turn in the order forms in the next 2 weeks so it can be here before school starts.

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    Good question! I'm starting my new job and would love to know what to buy for my classroom.
     
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    It's really tough to say in an inclusion setting. I teacher resource, so I always make sure to order basic classroom supplies just as if I were outfitting a general classroom. My students are with me for long periods of time, so I need all the basics plus things to help with specialized instruction.

    My colleague who did inclusion one year, didn't use hardly anything in her room. Less than one box of copy paper, and very few supplies.

    It will truly depend on your specific setting. Is there anyone you could ask to see if basic supplies (copy paper) are provided by the school or if you need to order that. I would definitely make sure you had the basics available in your room. Books also make a great investment. File folders and/or binders for filing student documentation. I keep a file on each student, and I also keep a binder on each for progress monitoring and IEP documentation.

    Best of luck!
     
  5. Luv2TeachInTX

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    Are you talking about inclusion like you're a co teacher in a gened class or you'll have your own self contained class? I'm a little confused.
     
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    I will be a co-teacher between 2 first grade classes as well as having my own room. I believe I will share the room with 2 other inclusion teachers. The plan now is to use my room for as little pull out as possible and to stay in the general ed class as much as possible. I would say I would only go to my room for testing, when needed, and to teach small groups when the new material being taught requires lots of broken down details.

    I know I will need items to help me organize each students work and I want to either design theme or color organize for each classroom. This way I can keep them separated.
     
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    Our traveling inclusion teacher got a little tackle box looking thing to carry his stuff in. You will need something like this for supplies. I'd keep this with the following supplies:

    1. flair pens (all colors)
    2. stickers for incentives
    3. tape
    4. highlighter
    5. pencils
    6. mini pencil sharpener
    7. post it notes
    8. portfolio with pockets....for IEP summaries, progress monitoring pages, conference notes, etc.
    9. sight word flashcards
    10. addition/subtraction fact flashcards
    11. mini dry-erase board with eraser

    You might start there. I'd spend the rest on leveled readers.
     
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    Is there a brand or company that sells leveled readers that are better than others?


    Thanks everyone for the advice!
     
  9. My3kloves

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    Thanks!
     
  10. Kelster95

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    Any advice for what I will need, I am doing two periods of inclusion, I am guessing one language arts and one math, and one period of my own language arts/ reading/ writing class with 3 kids.
     
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    Is there any way to contact the teachers of the two rooms you will be in and ask what you might need? I did co taught this last year (I was the gen ed teacher), and my co teacher used my supplies when in my room, so she didn't really need anything for her room.
     
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    2 of these: (Or something like it.)
    http://www.enasco.com/product/SN02490CQ

    These:
    http://www.enasco.com/product/SB34110CQ

    A couple pair of these:
    http://www.enasco.com/product/SN02326CQ

    Some of this:
    http://www.enasco.com/product/SN31424(A)CQ

    These:
    http://www.enasco.com/product/1503914CQ

    A few of these:
    http://www.enasco.com/product/SN01399CQ

    One of these: (But check with the teacher before you us it in his/her room.)
    http://www.enasco.com/product/SN01021CQ

    These:
    http://www.enasco.com/product/TB11550CQ

    These are pretty cool:
    http://www.enasco.com/product/SN02916CQ

    I just had way too much fun! I think I just found my dream job: personal shopper for teachers. If only!

    Note that if a child is identified already in first grade they generally have a lot of sensory/attention issues. These will probably be things that are hard to find at the regular store where parents get their school supplies.
     
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    I used the finger spaces last year and they are very useful! Thanks for the links.
     
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    Those are both nice, but I think the flat ones would be better.
     
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    Those were the ones I was leaning towards also! Seems like I will be able to more with them.
     

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