Step away from the Dollar Spot immediately.
And while you're at it, step away from the dollar store, the office supply store, and the teacher store.
Maybe it's because I'm trying to manage a one income household so my husband can be the best stay-at-home dad I know. Maybe it's because, last year, the things I would buy or make for my students were dramatically under appreciated. Or, maybe it's because I'm tired... Tired of spending money on things that aren't necessary for a student to have the best kindergarten year ever.
I have been reading a multitude of blog posts about ways to be thrifty in the classroom. And, while I'm all for being thrifty and getting the best bang for my buck, I just can't get excited about the deals like I used to.
And amongst my lackluster sale spirit, I'm reminded...
I. Am. Enough.
- My twelve years of teaching experience, full of successes, failures, and challenges makes me enough.
- The fact that I learn from each and every class I've had makes me enough.
- The initiative I take to keep up on best practices makes me enough.
- The love & dedication I have for my students makes me enough.
- All the reasons I went into the teaching profession and continue to come back to it year after year makes me enough.
And... it makes YOU enough too.
So, I challenge you to use what supplies you already have in your classroom. Or, if you're new to teaching, buy only what's absolutely necessary.
Your classroom is an extension of you, your home, and your finances. Treat it with the respect and thoughtfulness you do your own household expenses.
And, use the number one resource you already have... YOU!