What to buy? Help!

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  1. rdawn

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    I have received a generous amount of money from donations to spend on my classroom this year. I already have a document camera and projector, dvd player, lap top, and most other basic classroom supplies. I need to decide what to do with the money by the beginning of school. It is a few thousand dollars. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to use this money wisely? I would appreciate any suggestions. It should benefit the students and would be best if it could continue to do so for future classes.
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  3. Teacher Chele

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    What a blessing!!! I say buy books, maybe a smart board, and other things that you want and then donate portions of the money to teacher friends if that's possible.
     
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    Thanks- it all must be spent by me, in my room, but a Smart Board might be nice...
     
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    Books - classroom books.
     
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    I recently got a grant for noise reduction headphones. I got 12 pairs for my 22 member class. Half the kids learn best by discussing the subject while working, and the others really value solitude and silence - hence the headphones. Just an idea!
     
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    Oh, something else I'm using classroom money on this year: Mountain Math. I don't know if you like it, but I"m looking forward to using it next year.
     
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    books
    fun activities (holidays, mothers day, fathers day etc.)
    snacks (for kids who don't have them during snack time)
     
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    Wow! If I had that much to spend I'd love to buy some classroom furniture, maybe some comfy chairs or a bench type thing with storage underneath (I've seen it in the Lakeshore catalog I think) for students to use during reading. I'd also buy a nice big rug (again, Lakeshore). Have fun spending!
     
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    Thanks for the ideas so far. I have so many books that I had to donate some to the SMART program this year. I also had to reduce the extra furniture in my room due to lack of space and higher enrollments. I guess if this is my biggest problem, I should consider myself lucky. I really do appreciate the ideas though. Keep them coming!
     
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    Shelly-have you bought the Mountain Math yet? I just received a set you can have.
     
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    I'm in favor of an interactive white board...Smart Board or Promethean Board. It will change your teaching style for ever!
     
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    I would buy hands on kits and/or learning games. Lakeshore would be my friend :) It would be neat if you bought mp3 players or ipods and uploaded books for the kids to listen to. I am thinking of doing a donorschoose grant for that.
     
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    I would want more student computers.
    Books for the library.
    Beanbag chairs.
    Curriculum to support our weak adopted curriculum (writing).
    What a blessing to have this problem! Congratulations!
     
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    That is awesome! Could you get laptops for the kids to use?

    BTW, how did you get such an awesome grant? Congrats!
     
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    I would definetly invest in a SMART board. Our district just installed them in all elementary classrooms, and they are AWESOME!!!!
     
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    I have an Interwrite Pad and it is awesome. It is a slate that is wireless and has blue tooth. Whatever you "write" on it , it projects it onto the board. It is great because you army stuck at the front of the room
     
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    Oh and Interwrite Pad is only a few hundred dollars and won't take up all your money . I have had a smart board and love this so much more!
     
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    Can you tell me more about the Interwrite Pad? What is it? I looked it up but the website doesn't do a good job explaining what it does.
     
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    you could also get a set of those smartpals things (from EIA) they are expensive but handy.
     
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    Oh! How did I miss this? I'll buy it from you (I hope it's 3rd grade?)
     

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