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Help me spend budget money
Old 02-19-2018, 02:04 PM
 
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I have $250 from my sped department to spend within the next month. It's a "use it or lose it" situation, and if I don't use it all this year, they'll think I don't need it and lower the number I get next year.

The problem is, we're moving into a new building next year that's significantly smaller than the one we're in now. Building/district admin is still fighting over what sped space will look like, but no matter what ends up happening I'm going to have to downsize significantly.

I typically spend budget money on materials for the following year, but given that I'm going to have to get rid of a bunch of stuff, that doesn't make sense for this year. I'm also looking around for other positions, but there's no guarantee I won't be back, as I really just feel like there are issues in sped everywhere . I'd have to be sure it was a really good situation in order to leave.

Are there any online/technology resources that would be worth spending money on? We already have BrainPop and Reading A-Z. My kids do have 1:1 i pads, but I have no smartboard or other way to "display" technology in my room. I teach K-3 resource. The vast majority of kids are referred to me because they're not learning to read, so I teach a lot of basic phonics and decoding skills.

My other thought is maybe consumable resources that would just be nice to have through the end of this year, but wouldn't be something I'd have to drag over to the new building? Also not something that I'm going to fall in love with and feel like I absolutely need for instruction.


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Id buy reading and math versatiles. They dont take up a ton of room so you can take them to the new building and theyre great for multiple grade levels.

If you have money left over Id go ahead and buy consumables.

Jealous you get so much money.
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I have no idea how much it costs, but our district uses Imagine Learning as a reading intervention for our struggling K-3 readers and our newcomer ESL students in grades 4-5. Students take a placement test to pinpoint where they start the program. If they struggle with a skill/concept, the teacher can print intervention lessons to target that skill. It includes both phonics as well as comprehension skills and strategies using passages at the student's level. Our students use the program on classroom computers or iPads and have headphones with a microphone because there are places where they can record themselves reading or answering questions (to listen back to themselves or for you to assess).

As a reading specialist, if I get access to extra 'fun money' I usually go for things like letter magnets or other letter manipulatives, colored overlays, pencil grips and things like that.
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:07 PM
 
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For electronic resources, I like:

One More Story -
My own son had this one, and it was very easy to interact with! The child chooses a book from a visual "shelf" interface, and can read along with it. (I remember you could set it highlight words if you wanted, and choose whether it would turn the pages or wait for the student to do so.)

Sound Reading Solutions -
This one really breaks reading down into hearing the differences between the sounds that make up the words.


For Durables:

Books!! - replace ratty ones, buy some new "hot" series, buy some e-books for the iPads?, books to give your students as gifts for birthdays and holidays

Efficient storage for your new space. If it's smaller, think vertical!

A special reader's chair, or a few examples of alternate seating for students.


For consumables:

Crayons designed for different grips (if you have kids with physical challenges)

Paper - different styles of lined paper, colored paper for mounting projects you want to display

"Prize Box" items


One more idea:

Would you get away with buying a gift card to Lakeshore or something? That way, you could put off choosing the actual items until you see what you need most in the new setting.
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:40 PM
 
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Would you be allowed to buy TpT resources with it? My PTO gave each teacher $150 at the beginning of the year and I spent it all on TpT because I was starting in a new school with a new population. You could get a few very comprehensive resources or a million little resources! And....nothing would have to be "carried" over to the new building.


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