I received an email from an elementary school teacher, Rose Ann, a while back who needs help with keeping stuff under control in the classroom. Or maybe she even collects the stuff and keeps it around the house for when she needs it in class. She really didn’t elaborate on that. But I digress. As I have little experience in classrooms these daysÂ IÂ would like any elementary/primary school teachers,Â who might be reading, to shareÂ their experienceÂ on how they keep their school suppliesÂ under control. Here is her email.
“Teachers save way too many things all the time. Do you have anyÂ suggestions to apply the Monday Missions for teachers? EspeciallyÂ elementary school teachers!”
As mini missions are meant to be useful to most readers, doing one especially for teaches may not be a helpful to the biggest majority of us. Which is why I have put this request to you in this post. Also, maybe some of you, whoÂ aren’t teachers, teacher’s aids or classroom volunteers, might know a teacher… who you couldÂ ask some advice from and post it here in the comments.
I know a nanny whose best friend is a teacher who I believe is very organised so I will send her an email to see if she could get some advice.
The funny thing about this request is that more often than not most teachers, at least that I have ever had contact with, are always on the scrounge form supplies because they never have enough. So I guess Ross Ann is fortunateÂ that she has this problem. However,Â whenÂ supply problems are sporadicÂ it can result in the act of saving every little thing all the time just in case of those times of scarcity. And I am sure this is indeedÂ the problem that Rose Ann is referring to.
I guess one of the ways to avoid this is to set in place an efficient system whereby a teacher can call for help with acquiring supplies when needed, therefore eliminating the need to hoard for lean times. Just like depression era people continued to do long afterÂ the problem had passed. My best advice on is to establishÂ a list of email address, each year, of all the students parent. Add to that list all the friends and family you can rely on for help and when needed send out the call and I am sure lots of people will step up.
So please if you have any advice for Rose Ann come forward.