Classroom Supply Management & Distribution Classroom Management Blackboard Course
Managing Classroom Supplies <ul><li>Without effective well-thought out ways of distributing classroom supplies, chaos is inevitable. This presentation is designed to provide you with various methods of providing students with the tools they need when they need them. </li></ul>
Classroom Supply Dilemma <ul><li>Think about the way in which you allow students to sharpen their pencils, get construction paper, glue, scissors, colors, markers, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>If during these times, instructional time is wasted or behavior problems occur, try some of the following ideas. </li></ul>
Supply Box <ul><li>Purchase a plastic school box for each student. Fill this box with scissors, glue, pencils, erasers, protractors, rulers, etc. Label each box with a name tag. </li></ul><ul><li>Write each student’s name on their box. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep boxes at their desks or keep boxes in a location that is easily accessible. </li></ul>
Classroom Supplies <ul><li>Have plastic tubs for classroom sets of scissors and glue. </li></ul><ul><li>Have various colored boxes with markers/colors of that color. </li></ul><ul><li>Have various tubs with marker/color boxes. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a shoebox organizer to divide various colors of construction paper. </li></ul>
Pencils <ul><li>Broken pencil points can create a huge distraction from instruction. Try these practical ideas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow students to keep three sharpened pencils at their desks. If one breaks, simply take out another. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep a container of sharpened pencils in your teaching area. Have students raise their pencil when broken. Walk over, take their pencil, and hand them a sharpened one. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have your middle and high school students exchange something of value to them (Id, etc) for a pencil. They receive their ID back when they return the pencil. </li></ul></ul>
Early Childhood Supplies <ul><li>In allowing young learners to keep supplies at their area, many issues can occur. Glue can spill all over everything. Hair can be cut. Students can play with supplies instead of complete their projects. An argument can arise as to what item belongs to who. Therefore, it is recommended that tables space is free and clear of all supplies except when needed. </li></ul>
Early Childhood Supplies <ul><li>Purchase several medium-sized plastic containers. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a container for glue and a container for scissors. </li></ul><ul><li>When it is time to use these items either grab the container and pass them out or create a container for every table and place a glue/scissors container at each table. Students can retrieve these supplies from the container given to them. </li></ul>
Early Childhood Supplies <ul><li>Purchase a container that is divided into eight or more separate sections to organize crayons. </li></ul><ul><li>Put all red colored crayons in one section, blue colored crayons in another section and so on. Place this container in the middle of the table only when colors are needed for an activity. </li></ul><ul><li>I have also heard it suggested to break all crayons after several are used so there is no fighting over them. </li></ul><ul><li>In doing so, everyone will have access to the color needed. </li></ul>
Additional Supplies <ul><li>Use art supply funds to purchase extra supplies to offer students. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask PTO to purchase supplies for needy students. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Partners in Business for donations. </li></ul>
Teacher Stores <ul><li>For middle and high school students, provide a teacher store within your classroom. Students have spending money. They just don’t have someone to purchase things for them. </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase supplies at local store. </li></ul><ul><li>Sell at reasonable rate(For a 12 pack of pencils bought for $1, sell each for $.10) </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a procedural time to purchase these supplies. </li></ul>
Through the Eyes of Students <ul><li>Supplies are absolutely necessary to learn. It is often not the fault of the student, particularly younger students, if they do not have needed supplies. They are often embarrassed by this. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, our objective is to help them to understand new concepts and to demonstrate compassion for others. </li></ul>
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