At the beginning of my 1st year at my old school they gave every teacher a "New Teacher Supply Box". This box contained things like:
- Tape dispenser
- Extra rolls of tape
- 3-hole punch
- Colored pencils
- Lined paper
- Elmer's glue
Our district had a contract with Office Depot so the supplies came from there.
We also had $250 (per year) that we could spend on whatever we wanted. Over the 5 years I used a lot of things, purchased more things, collected some very useful items from eNasco Math like:
We did have some supplies that we shared, like a class-set of graphing calculators.
I even wanted to get some of these things:
- Dice Classroom Assortment
- Plastic Geometry Set with Moveable Axis
- Giant GeoSolids Volume Shapes
- Conic Sections Set
Now I'm at a school where I'm starting with a clean slate. I inherited a classroom from another math teacher who left so I had some supplies (not very many) in the room when I came in. There were broken compasses, small metal protractors, no markers, no colored pencils, no construction paper. A lot of the supplies I was used to using weren't around anymore so... what's a girl to do?
Write a DonorsChoose grant of course! So now I have 2 DonorsChoose projects with some supplies that I have considered essential for instruction.