While there always seems to be a budget shortage when it comes to the teaching profession today, with a bit of creativity you can outfit your school with the kinds of supplies that can best support teachers and turn out top scoring students. The key is making the most of the face-time between students and their teachers, and this time is often eaten up with routine administrative tasks – all of which can be made easier with these cost-effective teaching supplies your school should consider.
Education World reports that children learn better with a song in their hearts. Not only can music and other multimedia tools support children who are trying to learn a second language, but introduction of arts resources can also boost creativity, memory, and excitement for learning and tackling new challenges.
Laminating is still one of the easiest ways to create evergreen, in-classroom teaching tools and aids. Laminating is fast and easy to learn, and by adding an in-house laminating machine and supplies to your office or resource center, you save teachers time and money. Instead of standing in line at a local teacher’s center to create their materials (or re-create them after a classroom accident), now teachers just walk down the hall or send and aide to create beautiful materials they can use year after year!
Student Achievement Certificates and Awards
Forbes magazine recently reported that more and more students are becoming disengaged from school and the learning process. You can increase student motivation for learning and excelling in school by using your own system of in-classroom recognition and rewards for achievement. Peer recognition is a highly motivational tool to encourage positive competition, and can be achieved with a simple stack of printable achievement certificates that your teachers can get get from the school’s teacher supply room. You can even order whole kits that help your class keep up with who is on “gold star” status.
Envelope Printers and Folding Machines
The administrative side of the teaching profession can at times seem never-ending. Teachers are constantly having to send letters and notices home to parents to update their on a student’s progress. Holidays also trigger the usual round of thank you and holiday notes. Installing an envelope printer and a folding machine can save your teachers hours of time they might have to spend out of classroom on these routine and continual administrative tasks. Now teachers can simply insert the envelopes and have professionally printed, folded materials ready to mail in minutes.
With these helpful categories of teacher supplies, you free up your teachers’ time for extra classroom enrichment projects, continuing education, and also the rest and relaxation that is so vital to top performance in the classroom setting. An essential part of the administrative process is funding the right equipment and freeing up valuable teacher and student time.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. Shelives in Los Lunas where she blogs, and spends lots of time outdoors. For more information on school supplies like an envelope printer, contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
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