What supplies do I need?

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  1. JWar417

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    I just signed my contract this week to become a Middle school history teacher. This is my first professional job and I was wondering, what should I be purchasing for my classroom? I brought some supplies and posters, but what else will I need for organization and aesthetic appeal for students? I have so much empty shelf space and am concerned about how I will fill it all or at least, make it look appealing! Any thoughts?

    Also, what supplies is the school likely to give me? What do I need to go out and get on my own in order to be prepared for the first day.

    Thanks for the help!

    ~Jamie :love:
     
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    Hi Jamie!
    Congratulations on getting the job, and welcome! I'm a math teacher from Long Island.


    Schools vary, but you'll need basic office supplies: scissors, tape, stapler,etc. Either call or wait until orientation to find out whether you can get these in school.

    For organization I use binders: a different color for each prep.I do all my planning in them, either on loose leaf or in page protectors. I also have a vertical file on my desk, and each class will have its own file there as well. That's where I put graded tests & quizzes waiting to be returned, or materials for kids who are absent.

    As far as that empty space goes: how about a) other history/geography texts to use as references and b) a globe?
     
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    Hi, Jaime, and welcome to AtoZ. If you use the search feature, you will see several threads on this topic. Don't get overwhelmed, though. If you look at the combined "must have" lists of ever person here, it looks like you'd have to invest a million bucks.

    If you are able to, find out what resources will be in your room. Are there maps, globes, atlases, other non-fiction resources? Is the desk ready to use, or do you have to get everything from scissors, tape, paper clips, etc? Do you have a copy of the curriculum already? All teacher stores have bulletin board sets for many, many topics in social studies. Check those out.
     
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    Welcome to teaching history! What grade and subject will you teach? I teach sixth grade - dawn of time to discovery - woohoo!

    Enjoy the bare space - it won't last. Also, resist the urge to "fill it" immediately, it could get costly and you really don't know what you need at this point - we can give suggestions, but everyone is different.

    Fill the walls with student work - an acrostic on the meaning of History, a personal timeline - any number of getting to know you assignments will brighten your walls and give your students ownership.

    You can actually teach with very little - something to write on for the kids to see, something to write on that with, something for the kids to write on, something for them to write on it with. You might have a good textbook or an icky one, and realize that you will have to supplement that with notes and other readings.

    Make friends with your media specialist and find out what resources they have to support your curriculum - some school have subscriptions to online magazine databases.

    Here are links to two threads that might be of help:
    Admire and Acquire
    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=22767

    Organizationally Challenged – Request Help
    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=22879&highlight=organizationally

    Have a great year!
     
  6. JWar417

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    Thanks for your suggestions! I have bought some stuff already - mostly supplies for my rooms for the kids. I plan on using a lot of group work and cooperative learning efforts, and I also thought it would be helpful to seat the kids in groups of 4. So, I bought enough little pencil boxes for each grouping of desks. Each has a pack of crayons, a pack of colored pencils, a pack of markers, a glue stick, a pen, a pencil, a sharpener and an eraser so all kids are fully equipped for whatever is assigned. I was able to buy the boxes and all the contens for less than $20 thanks to the great back to school sales.

    I also bought some paper sorters for homework and assignments (though I plan on buying the 6-drawer bins that I saw on here in another thread because I think that is a fantastic idea!) and some small crates, in which I thought I could store whatever non-essential stuff was laying around, or I could use them for something I do with the kids at the start or sometimes the review period of a unit - I have them collect artifacts (print-outs, writings, drawings, etc.) - just stuff that reflects what they have learned- and then they place them in an artifact box and several students take turns digging through the box and sharing the artifacts with the class. The middle school kids I worked with love this idea. Aside from that, I have purchased some posters and timelines, although I need a world history timeline for my room.

    Question: Do you reccomment laminating all the posters I purchased recently? Or, does it not matter?

    ancientcivteach: Thanks for the welcome! I am teaching 6th grade world history, as you are, and also one class of 8th grade US History. I am very anxious to get started. I am not as strong in world history as I would like, but I am working on it this summer in an effort to prepare myself. I have a whole course planned for high school, but I need to make so many amendments to teach the same subjects in a 6th grade classroom.

    Thanks for the ideas!

    ~Jamie
     
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    yes laminate all psters they last longer.
     
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    Thanks for the advice - now I just need to figure out where I can get lamination done at the cheapest price. I think the teaching store by me is about $.75 a foot - that is the best I have seen. I have about 15-20 things to be laminated.
     
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    Most schools have a laminating machine free for teachers to use... that would be something that your union would have required as part of their agreement. You may want to look into it before you pay to laminate. Sometimes it is better to run the items that you want to last for a few years (NOT everything) run them through the machine twice. You would be surprised what you change in your room from year to year.
     

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