The Giving Tree
Even share photos of what you want with your friends and family on Facebook! You would be shocked how happy your family and friends will be at purging what they don’t need and that they are able to help you out!
I know it sounds silly to mention it, but looking through what you already own will often shock you about what resources you already have. Spend time in the summer sorting your materials and you’ll likely find some gems you forgot you owned!
Do you teach an inquiry based program?
Holidays/End of Year
Do you have something that you “need” for your class? Would you enjoy a gift card to an educational store or even the dollar store? Consider sending a note home to parents and listing theses ideas as alternatives in leu of teacher gifts. Parents might appreciate knowing they are investing in their child’s learning environment!
Use your Budget!
I know many teachers who do not use up their allocated classroom budget. Don’t be afraid or forget to use it! Many do.
Do you have any other tips for teachers who are trying to stay on a budget?