This is the beginning of the school year: time to present evaluation criteria, classroom rules, name tags, and many more things.
During the years, I have seen three types of teachers.
- The ones who make a list of supplies for the school year.
- The ones who ask for supplies as they need them.
- The ones who ask for money for supplies for the school year.
Which is better?
Make a list of supplies for the school year. This one works for the highly organized or experienced teachers who know exactly when, where and how. You go for it when you know the school parents are going to do. Most of this classrooms have a lot of storage for all the supplies..
Some teachers make deals with paper shops to make the packages and send the parents to get at that store.
Ask for supplies as they need them. These are probably the new teacher or the ones who probably won’t stick around (interinos). Also, this is the last minute idea supplies or when the goal is to teach responsability.
Ask for money for supplies for the school year. This is for the less organized teacher who get a great last minute idea and have to money to buy stuff. (The best ideas comes after class, mostly during Dreamtime) Also for the teachers who buy in big sizes for the discount and squeeze every cent.
What about me?
I am a money teacher. Why? Because you never know what you will eventually need besides you can get bulk discount when buying for many. Also, I am sure that nobody gets left behind for lack of material. Some students are sooooo irresponsible and they are looking for any excuse to disturb my peace.
Of course, we must convince everybody to get on board (Regardless of your approach) to obtain what we want or at least most of it.