September 13, 2009
No More Copies
Due to budget cuts and very little money to work with. My principal has made it very clear to the staff that we will not be able to make many copies. This is a teachers nightmare. Especially an elementary teacher. The students are at an age where they need to be exposed to a lot of print material, they need to use graphic organizer when brainstorming for a writing piece, and my special ed students often need materials not available in the class books.
I wrote out my Math and Science lesson plans for next week. For Science, there aren't enough Lab Manuals and Resource books for everyone so that forces me to go and make copies. For Math, I have materials that will supplement what is done in class, these need to be copied.
Multiply each sheet by 18 students and that equals A LOT OF COPYING.
I went to Staples after my advanced aerobics class this morning, to make the copies. I spent almost $30 in there, just making copies for next week! Can you imagine how much money I'm going to spend on copies this year??
My principal says we should use our Teacher's Choice allotment of $150 for copies. Like thats enough money anyways. If we do use this money for copies then we will have to use our own money for all the materials needed for class projects that aren't built into the curriculum. Or worse, we just don't do anything that we don't have the materials for.
When the Government takes money away from education, everyone suffers.