10 things you didn't realize teachers have to buy with their own money
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- Teachers often have to purchase their own supplies when decorating their classrooms.
- Even standard office supplies like pens and paper sometimes come out of teachers' personal money.
- Here are 10 things you didn't realize teachers had to buy for their classrooms.
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Many of us remember going to school and stepping into colorful, fully stocked classrooms decked out with bulletin boards, cute wall decals, and motivational posters.
What many people don't realize, however, is that teachers' classrooms don't come fully stocked and ready for students.
Teachers are responsible for buying many of these decorations themselves. In fact, even basic office supplies like pencils, pens, and folders come out of pocket for many teachers.
We spoke to six teachers and asked them what the biggest items they need to get for their classrooms are.
It's important to note that some schools are better equipped to reimburse their teachers than others, and in some cases teachers can order supplies through their school, but there are still many that leave it entirely up to the teachers to get everything they need. Though the US government gives a $250 tax credit to teachers for any school supplies they buy, some end up surpassing this amount.
Classroom décor can end up costing a lot if teachers want to create a welcoming learning environment.
Classroom organizers like paper baskets, folders, and bins are not typically provided to teachers, so they have to purchase them themselves.
It's basically expected that teachers will buy classic office supplies like paper, pens, and sticky notes.
It’s common for teachers to bring extra supplies for their students just in case they forget their supplies.
To provide a variety of reading options for their more curious students, teachers will create their own classroom libraries by purchasing books themselves.
Teachers will often purchase supplemental materials to help students struggling to grasp the curriculum. These additional resources are not always subsidized by schools.
Materials for motor skills lessons like beads and blocks oftentimes are not provided to teachers.
Toys and games are key to the development of preschoolers and kindergarteners, but not typically given to teachers by their schools.
Music teachers often purchase and bring in extra musical supplies like tambourines to get students engaged with the material.
Positive reinforcement through prizes has been proven to be effective in encouraging students, so teachers will often purchase these rewards out of pocket.
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