What goes on your list is entirely up to you, but we think the
Amazon Wish List is a bit of a trap- it moves things out of the
needs” category and into the wants” category. So just mentally
erase the word Wish” and replace it with Needs”. I know this may
take the fun out of shopping for a bit, but when shopping for your
job, you need to focus on the bottom line.
The biggest trap is finding yourself shopping for your classroom
like it’s a room in your home. Cut that out! There are plenty of
ways to jazz up your classroom for free or very little cost. Edit
your list regularly to make sure you have only the essentials. We
like to start with absolute musts and call those a top priority.
A top priority is something you can not begin instruction without
and something that is not already provided at your school. You know
that each school is widely different so find out ahead of time
what’s in your classroom already. Then, start adding in your items
according to function. You can always clear your list and start
Pro Tip: One-Click Purchases are a spending trap. Do your
school-specific shopping on a laptop or desktop. Even better, do
your school-specific shopping on your desktop in your classroom so
you can see what you need and have a lot of motivation to shop
efficiently and wisely.