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What do teachers buy out of their own pocket?


Every year both my kids get teachers some cheesy gift for xmas. I thought it might be a better idea to make supply baskets as gifts. I know so many teachers buy stuff out of their own pocket, but I am looking for ideas as to what types of things.

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We did a survey of our staff

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We did a survey of our staff and found that teachers spend $200 and up to $3000 per year on snacks, rewards, music rights, materials for went on and on.

Retired: Grades 4 to 12, specializing in curriculum development

I believe Teachers' just like

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I believe Teachers' just like to buy things as a reward for their students - but if you approach the administration, let them know what you have in mind, I would hope they would put it on their budget and have a set amount for all classrooms for that specific purpose.
I know a high school music teacher raised money to buy sheet music for his classroom. The administration finally found out about it and told him to put it on a requisition form and the budget will look after it.

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This is a great idea. I

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This is a great idea. I think that buying a teacher a gift certificate to Target or Walmart is a great way to help her buy her supplies too. That way he/she can buy things that tailor to his/her needs.

Montessori 4-6th grade teacher

Buying supplies

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I feel so priveleged that I get to spend my classroom cash on things like paperback books (lotsa tricks to finding 'em cheap, but oh, the storage!), games, puzzles, art supplies, and craft materials (yarn, embroidery floss, etc.).

Gift certificates are great! Art/craft supply places like JoAnn's and Michael's, or even teacher supply stores offer gift cards these days.


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