At this time of year there are so many things to think about from classroom decoration to curriculum to behavior management strategies and more. Instead of worrying about a million different things, focus on the small and manageable pieces over which you actually have some control. I wanted to team up with some other music education bloggers to provide ideas that will help you get back into the swing of things and take the year by storm.
Supplies For all the germs and Runny Noses
There are some essentials that every teacher needs and really shouldn't have to ask for: dry erase markers, kleenex, lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, etc. The sad reality is that school districts around the country are shrinking budgets and cutting back on supplies. Classroom teachers usually get to ask for those necessary supplies in yearly supply request lists, but often specialist teachers get left out of the mix. Here are three ways to get those items that you really need.
#1 - Ask People at School
It’s cold and flu season and kids are quickly going through tissues! I know that some grades require students to bring Kleenex, lysol wipes, and hand sanitizer every year with their school supplies. If you have a surplus of either and could spare a box of Kleenex or a bottle of hand sanitizer it would definitely help keep noses and hands clean in the music room!
Thanks so much,
Supplies rolled in from classroom teachers all over the building, but when I sent out that email I got a wonderful response from someone I didn't expect. Our fantastic school janitor wrote back to tell me that she would always provide kleenex and hand sanitizer for me and that she had some sprayable cleaning solution I could use too. Later that day she stopped by to drop off some supplies and asked if there was anything else I needed. It was so great to know that she had supplies (bought by the school) that I could ask for any time I ran out. The supplies were there, I just had to ask!
#2 - Wishlist Poster Outside Your Classroom
I like this idea because it doesn't put any pressure on parents and is open and honest about what teachers really need. Parents can see the poster and then come and have a conversation with you about what they can do to help. This system is also great because parents can pull down one item/one post it and take care of that supply for you. You're not asking for 25 kleenex boxes per parent, but instead you are giving them the option to contribute what they want and what they can.