School supply lists....a parents point of view
Teachers need items that the children may not be using. I find that valid and a reasonable request because the school districts do not provide enough of these items and teachers should not have to buy so much stuff out of pocket. (I say "so much" because we all have to buy stuff for work. Not everything will always be provided). That's not to say teachers should spend hundreds per year. Don't go to there because I spend plenty of money just to have what I need for work. $20 on personal favorites is reasonable, as well as asking parents to chip in a little. After all its our kids they're teaching. I believe teachers aren't paid enough or appreciated enough. I believe teachers ask for some weird things, but I also know they have a good reason I may not know about. If your method works then great. But to get through the stress of fulfilling all the requests I may make a sarcastic joke or two. I still appreciate the teachers.
Now I understand kids break things and go through a lot I supplies. I do take my job as a parent seriously and am trying to teach my children to respect their stuff. And I do take responsibility for managing their use of such items. I can't do so if I send tons of supplies and can't see how my child's using it. When she needs more crayons I'd like to know so I can discuss this with her. But not all parents do this so teachers are trying to adapt. Got it. We'll work together.
Teachers please understand that us parents are also worried about costs and putting food on the table while giving you what you need to teach our children. Ultimately even if we complain we will get what's on the list. Do you complain when you're waiting in the drive thru? I've worked fast food and trust me it's comparable. You're complaining when someone's doing their best to give you what you want. We are all guilty of this. Please use this opportunity to educate us parents. And a lot of the jokes are funny and very warranted. But I've tried to get understanding as well as make some jokes and mostly lend my support yet I've been catching crap. So for last time here it is. This is how I see school supply lists and I'm sure many parents agree. Those that don't want to provide, I'm sorry teachers have to deal with that. And I do often buy extra and make donations. It's just those donations are getting harder to make when I have to buy so much each year. Thank you. And please be nice on this post. At least to me. I'm trying here.