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Old 12-28-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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Help! Any suggestions for spending my $400??? I don't usually get money like this, so I want to really think hard about it! I have lots of books and lots of bonus points to buy more books, so I want to do something different. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!


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Personal or School $?
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Wow! CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a wonderful dilema to be in!
Unsure of how to answer your question though, not knowing whether it is personal money, school money, PTO money...and whether the materials that you purchase can go with you should you change grades or schools within your district.
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One thing I've always wanted is one of those spinning paperback racks. Like in libraries. I have a lot of books too, and Ive always thought one of those would be cool. I've also debated getting a class set of those bookmark timers for kids to use during reading workshop and/or to manage independent work.

Could you find a use for a small set of digital cameras and/or flip videos? You could probably get 3-4 with that money, or 2 netbooks. Is there any other tech need that could fill? Like listening center supplies? I've always thought Playaways were cool.

Any subscriptions you could use? Either like scholastic/time for kids magazines or a website, like brain pop/time4learning?

Is there anything in your room on it's "last leg" that you could replace with a high-quality, lasting item? I'm thinking a rug, bookshelf, baskets, storage...
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I was going to recommend subscriptions, too. Scholastic News, Study Island, Brain Pop...etc. Congrats!
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:24 PM
 
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The cheapest Nook/Kindle is $80 - 4 of them plus a few books would be great as they are emerging technology and proving to help struggling students.


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Personal money to spend, so it stays with me. :-)
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I appreciate all the suggestions!!
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There are so many uses for it in the classroom! You can get a refurbished iPad2 for $419 right now, or a refurbed 1 for $399!
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If it is your personal money then I suggest buying something that will last a while (nothing consumable). I like the different technology suggestions. I know it is fun to spend money as soon as you get it, but I would almost be tempted to save a big chunk of it for the back to school sales that happen in July and August. It may make your $$ go further. For example, I got great circle chairs at Walmart this summer that my kids LOVE. They were only $17 and worth every penny. I wish I had purchased bean bag chairs when I had the money.

I don't know if you are allowed to have lamps in your classroom, but I really like being able to turn off the annoying overhead lights and use floor lamps at various times during the day. It really helps add a level of calm to your classroom.

CD's and DVD's would be another suggestion. Find CD's that you can play as background music and DVD's that go with books that you read or units that you cover.

HAVE FUN SHOPPING!!!
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